Merlion Park Travel Guide

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Merlion Park, a landmark of Singapore, is a major tourist attraction at One Fullerton, Singapore, near its Central Business District (CBD). Two structures of the Merlion are located at the park. The riginal merlion structure measures 8.6 metres tall, whilst a Merlion cub located near the original statue measures 2 metres tall.

Merlion Park, Singapore
Merlion Park

The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name-Singapura-meaning "lion city" or "kota singa".

Merlion Park, Singapore
Merlion Park

The symbol was designed by Alec Fraser-Brunner, a member of the Souvenir Committee and curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, for the logo of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in use from 26 March 1964 to 1997 and has been its trademarked symbol since 20 July 1966. Although the STB changed their logo in 1997, the STB Act continues to protect the Merlion symbol. Approval must be received from STB before it can be used. The Merlion appears frequently on STB-approved souvenirs.

Merlion Park, Singapore
Merlion Park

The merlion - a mythical creature with the body of a fish and the head of a lion - occurs in a number of different artistic traditions. Lions with fishtails can be found on Indian murals at Ajanta and Mathura, and on Etruscan coins of the Hellenistic period. Merlions, or 'heraldic sea-lions', are an established element of Western heraldry, and have been used on the coat of arms of the cities of Portsmouth and Great Yarmouth in the United Kingdom; the City of Manila; and the East India Company.

Merlion Park, Singapore
Merlion Park

On 15 September 1972, then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew officiated the installation ceremony of the Merlion statue.[1] The original Merlion statue used to stand at the mouth of the Singapore River, at the tip of the current The Fullerton Waterboat House Garden with Anderson Bridge as its background. The Merlion is a male.

Merlion Park, Singapore
Merlion Park

On Saturday, 28 February 2009 at about 4:26 pm the Merlion in the Merlion Park was struck by lightning. A breaking news from 938LIVE local radio showed an image with fragments from the Merlion's head on the ground.

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