Spotting this archetypal symbol of Singapore is easy when you're in the vicinity of the Merlion Park and One Fullerton. Standing at 8.6 metres high and weighing 70 tonnes, the Merlion statue has a lion's head and a fish's body, and is housed here in this 2,500 square metre park.
As the most famous image in the country, the Merlion is an imaginary creature that represents Singapore's humble origins as a fishing village. "Mer" refers to the sea and lion translates as "singa" in Sanskrit, while the fish tail symbolises the old city of Temasek.
This large Merlion statue with water gushing from its mouth was conceptualised by Kwan Sai Kheong and crafted by Lim Nah Seng in 1972. It was relocated 120 metres away from its original position in 2002 to where it stands in Merlion Park today, in front of The Fullerton Hotel and facing Marina Bay.