Travel Guide

The Merlion
Address: Imbiah Lookout 2, Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa Island
Contact: (+65) 6736 8672

Get up close and personal with Singapore's iconic symbol, The Merlion, which is approximately 37 metres tall, comprising a gallery of mythical sea creatures and a trip to the top for wondrous panoramas as far as the eye can see.

The Merlion is derived from an amalgation of Singapore's ancient name, Temasek, which means 'sea town' in Javanese, and Singapore's original name, Singapura, which stands for 'lion city' in Malay. Iconically used as a Singaporean mascot, The Merlion of Sentosa island was opened in 1996 and is the tallest Merlion in Singapore, standing at 37 metres high.

The Merlion on Sentosa was created and sculpted by James Martin, an Australian artist, and the figure is made of glass reinforced cement over a stell armature and covered with sandstone.

Journey into the Merlion's belly-entrance and get lost in a mythical world of sea monsters, mermaids, sea serpents and even mercubs. Discover the origins of the Merlion via an audio-visual presentation, and then make your way to the top of the Merlion to be treated to a 360 degree viewing area of Sentosa Island as well as the southern shores of Singapore, a must-see for every tourist.

Choose to either scale the whole height of the Merlion for unobstructed views of the city of Singapore and the island of Sentosa, or climb into its mouth platform for a more restricted but less crowded view. Take your time to appreciate the scenery around you at the top.

Visit Singapore's national icon and find out about the mythical creatures that share the waters with it. Make your way to the top for an unobstructed panoramic view of Singapore in all its glory.


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