Immortalising Singapore's history in an icon is the Merlion, the national symbol of Singapore. It pays homage to Singapore's past names, Temasek and Singapura. Temasek, or Sea Town was one of the first names of Singapore, when it was merely an obscure fishing village. When a prince called Sang Nila Utama chanced upon the island, he encountered an animal he was told was a lion and thus christened the island Singapura (Lion City).
This symbol, created by Fraser Brunner as the logo of the Singapore Tourism Board, became the Board's trademark symbol since 20 July 1966. 6 years later, on 15 September 1972, Lee Kuan Yew (then Prime Minister) officiated the installation of the Merlion statue at the mouth of the Singapore River. The statue was the brainchild of the vice-chancellor of the University of Singapore (or National University of Singapore as it is now known)and sculpted by Mr Lim Nang Seng. It stands at a height of 8.6 metres and weighs 40 tonnes, with its body made of cement, skin from porcelain plates and eyes from small red teacups.
In 2002, the statue and its cub were relocated to the current Merlion Park. The park features a promontory with terraced seating, and a viewing deck that can hold up to 300 people. In addition, there is a boat landing point where visitors can board or disembark from river taxis that chug up and down the Singapore River. This is a fabulous vantage point for photographers keen on taking stunning shots of the Merlion against the city's modern skyline.
Come and take pictures of Singapore's national icon, the Merlion, against a backdrop of the city for the most picturesque views of Singapore.