The Merlion

Year: 1972

By Lim Nang Seng

Material : Cement, porcelain plates, red teacups

Location : Merlion Park, Marina Bay Waterfront

Duration : Permanent

Collection : Singapore Tourism Board

Dimensions : 8m

The Merlion is a well-known icon of Singapore, conceived as a mythical creature with a lion's head and a fish’s body. The fish alludes to Singapore’s beginnings as a fishing village, while the lion refers to the sighting of a lion in Temasek by Sang Nila Utama, leading him to rename the island Singapura (“lion city” in Sanskrit). The Merlion thus depicts both Singapore’s origin story and its fantastical transformations. Over the years, Singaporeans have aectionately adopted it as our mascot andnational icon.


Merlion Park, Marina Bay Waterfront

1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213

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