Merion Park is one of Singapore’s landmarks because it’s home to the biggest of the Garden City’s seven official Merlion statues.
With the head of a lion and the body of a fish, the Merlion is Singapore’s national icon and it faces east, which is believed to be a direction that brings prosperity.
The body symbolises the Garden City’s beginnings as a small fishing village called Temasek in Old Javanese meaning ‘sea town’ and the Malay word ‘Singapura’ means ‘lion city’
The statue itself sits in Merlion Park in front of the stunning Fullerton Hotel and you really can’t miss it – it is 8.6m high, weighs 70 tonnes and built by local craftsman Lim Nang Seng in 1972.
It stands at the mouth of the Singapore River to welcome guests to the city-state and is flanked by two smaller versions known as Merlion Cubs and is a ‘must see’ tourist site in Singapore.
Editorial from Historvius.com