Merlion: Understanding its History & Significance to Singapore

History & Significance of The Legendary MerlionAre you planning to visit Singapore? Then you must be familiar with its Merlion. No visit to this little country will be complete without visiting and taking a picture with their icon, which also has the views of Marina Bay Sands and Singapore Flyer (a Ferris wheel).

What is the Merlion?

The Merlion has been the icon and symbolism of Singapore. It is a mythical creature, with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. It has served as a guardian to keep the country's prosperity as an important seaport, while attracting visitors from all over the world.

You will find depictions of the Merlion all over the city — there is 8.6-metre porcelain statue at Merlion Park, another two-metre cub porcelain statue right behind it, a 3-metre polymarble statue at Tourism Court, and another one of the same height on Mount Faber. 

Apart from these, there is the majestic 37-metre tall concrete Merlion on Sentosa Island that you can climb up to enjoy the view. Sentosa Online Store says that the Sentosa Merlion is the only Merlion in the country where you can discover urban myths and uncover treasure within its attraction trail.

The Construction

Introduced in 1995, Australian artist James Martin took pride in designing and sculpting the Merlion. Its base resembles a bagua, an auspicious tool that used in Feng Shui to direct energy towards prosperity. In fact, all the 320 scales covering the creature have a bagua-like shape. In addition, the teeth of the Merlion represent the different ethnicities in Singapore — Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian — to signify prosperity for all citizens of Singapore. 

The Sentosa Merlion is a must-see icon in Singapore, so do not dare miss it during your visit.