Sep 29, 2010

Singapore Merlion Park and the Marina Bay


It was already dark when we visited the Marina Bay, coming from City Hall area we just walk along the Singapore River and ended up here at Merlion Park.

This merlion stand tall at 8.6 metres high and weighs as heavy as 70 tonnes, it was designed since 1964 by Fraser Brunner, a member of the souvenir committee and a curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, the lion head represents the lion spotted by Prince Sang Nila Utama when he re-discovered Singapura in 11 AD, as recorded in the "Malay Annals". The fish tail of the Merlion symbolises the ancient city of Temasek (meaning sea in Javanese) by which Singapore was known before the Prince named it Singapura (meaning lion (singa) city (pura) in Sanskrit), and represents Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village.

It is originally located at the mouth of the Singapore River. It then settled into its new home here at Merlion Park, located next to One Fullerton, overlooking scenic Marina Bay. Today the Merlion attracts more than a million visitors a year who make the trip to the Merlion Park. "The Merlion has been erected as a symbol to welcome all visitors to Singapore".

The Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay is the heart of performing arts in Singapore, indeed we’ve watch a free concert there (Its facilities include concert hall, theatre, recital and theater studios, meeting venues, arts and lifestyle related services, Jendela, library and outdoor venues).

“The eye of Singapore” and The Marina Sands.

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