With the body of a fish and the head of a lion, a Merlion statue is a national icon of Singapore, representing the country's history, identity, and transformation from a fishing village to the "Lion City." More than a spot of cultural interest with its own statue, though, Merlion Park provides a beautiful backdrop to play and relax on the banks of the Singapore River and stunning photo ops to boot.
Spread out over 27,000 square feet (2,500 square meters), Merlion Park is most famous for its centerpiece: the seven-foot (two-meter) Merlion cub fountain at its center. The best way to see the park is on a Singapore city tour with a tour guide who will put the statue into context and allow you to easily explore the many surrounding Singapore attractions, such as Little India, Chinatown, the Jurong Bird Park, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and the National Orchid Garden. For a different perspective on sightseeing around the Singapore River and the bay, opt for a scenic river cruise that passes the waterfront Merlion Park, which extends out to the Marina Bay Sands.
- Merlion Park is kid-friendly with cultural significance.
- Bring your camera; the park offers a great view of the city and fantastic photo opportunities.
- The park is easily accessed independently or on a guided tour of Singapore city.
How to Get to Merlion Park
The park is centrally located on One Fullerton near the busy Central Business District.
When to Get There
The park is a busy destination around the clock, with access available 24 hours a day all year round.