History of Lions Merlion Statue, Singapore

The Merlion is one of the most recognized symbol for the tourists who visit Singapore.Statue formerly located at Merlion Park, was moved to the opposite Fullerton Hotel in April 2002. The Merlion was first designed as a symbol of the Singapore TouristPromotion Board (STPB) in 1964 - and the lion head with a fish body resting on top ofthese waves quickly became an icon of Singapore to the world.

Merlion is a lion-headed statue with a body like a fish. His name is a combination ofmermaids and lions. The Merlion was designed by Fraser Brunner for the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1964 and used as its logo until 1997. Prime Minister at that time, Lee Kuan Yew, inaugurated the installation ceremony of the Merlion in Singaporeon September 15, 1972. Merlion continues to be a symbol of its brand name until now.He also appears frequently in STB-approved souvenirs. The original Merlion statuestands at the mouth of Singapore River while a higher replica can be found on the island of Sentosa. Merlion is 8.6 meters tall and weighs 70 tonnes. Merlion statue was built from a mixture of cement by the artist in Singapore, Lim Nang Seng.

According to the History of Malay, the name given by the Singapore Nila Utama, Malay prince from Palembang in early 14th century. When Sang Nila Utama sailing on the sea, there are storms and high winds which resulted in his boat stranded on an island. While on the island, Sang Nila Utama saw an animal resembling a lion. Therefore, the island called Singapore (meaning "lion city").

Designed by Mr. Merlion. Fraser Brunner, a member of the souvenir committee and a curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, the lion head represents the lion is seen by Prince Sang Nila Utama as listed in the "History of Malay." The fish tail of the Merlion symbolizes the ancient city of Temasek (meaning "sea" in Javanese), the name of Singapore before the Prince named it "Singapore" (meaning "lion" (lion) "city" (pura) in Sanskrit) and also symbolize the beginning of Singapore simple, namely as a fishing village.

Measuring 8.6 meters high and weighing 70 tonnes, the Merlion statue was built from a mixture of cement by the late Singapore craftsman, Mr. Lim Nang Seng. Merlion Statue second smaller, measuring two meters high and weighing three tons, also built by Mr.Lim. The body was made of cement fondue, the skin from porcelain plates and eyes from small red teacups.

His house was the first Merlion and the Cub ", was originally located in front of the Singapore River, just across the Elizabeth Walk, just 120 meters from its current location. The area is also called the Merlion Park soon became a popular tourist attraction, and become one of the famous places in the big cities of the world. Prime Minister of Singapore at the time, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, inaugurated the installation ceremony of the Merlion on 15 September 1972. A bronze inscription immortalize the happy event with the inscription,
"The Merlion was established as a symbol to welcome all visitors to Singapore."

Today, the Merlion attracts more than one million visitors a year, who come to the Merlion Park to photograph this world famous icon at her new home, next to One Fullerton.

Merlion Merlion statue location new house is located adjacent to One Fullerton, a park covering an area of ​​2,500 square meters of newly constructed. At One Fullerton, there are various restaurants, lounges, and dance clubs on the river bank. 

This area also has a cape with terrace seating and a deck to watch that could hold up to 300 people, as well as a boat landing site so that visitors can come down from the taxi boat. This deck provides panoramic views of the Merlion is best for the photographer, with a background of the city skyline and the beautiful Marina Bay, including landmark buildings such as The Fullerton Singapore and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.

Merlion Cub is located 28 meters behind the Merlion. Also installed a pump system for the Merlion and the Merlion child, so it can give off water throughout the day and night.


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