Merlion Park was one of the top attractions sprawled across every website, blog, brochure, and flyer I saw listing popular things to do and see in Singapore. But was it really worth the trip? Hell-to-the-yeah!
First off let’s get to the facts: Merlion Park is not actually a park per say but rather an expansive leisure area situated along the Marina Bay promenade.
The must-see landmark at Merlion Park is an 8.6-meter tall, 70-ton statue of a mythical water spouting Merlion— half lion, half fish—that also serves as Singapore’s national icon.
Why the name Merlion, you ask? Well, “Mer” means sea, and added with lion equates to “sea lion”, which is a symbol of both Singapore’s history as a fishing village and of Singapore’s original name, ‘Singapura’, or ‘lion city’.
So, famous landmark, cultural and historical insight, and access to Marina Bay; who could resist such temptation!?
I wound up venturing over to Merlion Park on day 2 of my awesome 4-day adventure in Singapore. My first glimpse of the attraction came about during a bumboat taxi ride down Singapore River from Clarke Quay. What a great way to introduce tourist to Marina Bay!
After making long stops at Marina Bay Sands and Gardens By the Bay I’d eventually land back on the Marina Bay promenade about an hour before sunset.
I had a long walk ahead of me—Merlion Park sat on the opposite end of the bay—but I took every moment I could to stop and enjoy the spectacular ground level view of the towering skyscrapers, hotels, and restaurants riddled across Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD).
After half an hour I finally arrived at the Merlion statue, which seemed to be surrounded by hundreds of tourists that had come from every corner of Asia.
While most visitors were taking a break to enjoy the scenery or taking selfies on a small boardwalk adjacent to the statue, I spent my time filling up my camera with shots of the beautiful Marina Bay scenery as the sun began to settle.
As for the Merlion statue; well, it was just a statue.
What gravitated me the most to it, however, was its cultural significance in Singapore, and how it’s placement smack dab at the entrance to Marina Bay somehow left me feeling tremendously awe-inspired on my first day in the Lion City
Additionally, there were loads of popular attractions and scenic spots situated all around Merlion Park. At the back of the park, for instance, sat Fullerton Hotel, a grand 5-star luxury hotel that was designated as a national monument of Singapore.
Situated across the bay was the Marina Bay Street Circuit, which host the Singapore Grand Prix, ArtScience Museum, Helix Bridge, Esplanade, and many more.
My trip to Merlion Park was an enjoyable experience and one that I highly recommend, not just for the statue itself, but for everything that comes with it. Just make sure you don’t leave Singapore without taking an Instagram pic in front of the Merlion Statue! Safe and happy travels!
Directions to Merlion Park in Singapore: Hop on a subway to MRT Raffles Station and proceed to the Fullerton Hotel. Or, I highly recommend hopping on a boat ride through Singapore River. Merlion Park is one of many docking points.