The Merlion is taking a break.
From 25 Sep to Dec 13, the Merlion will be covered in scaffold for repair
works. That means you will not be able to take photos with the 8m tall
Merlion, an icon of Singapore that is popular with tourists.
This is not the first time the Merlion has undergone major repairs. Back in
Feb 2009, it was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm, causing a crack on
the man and a hole in the base. It was closed for a few weeks for repair.
Merlion Cub @ Merlion Park (1971-1972)
There is a smaller Merlion at Merlion Park that will still be available for
photography. This one measures 2 m tall and is fondly known as ‘Merlion Cib’.
It is inlaid with Chinse porcelain plates and bowls as part of the design.
If you have an alternative, there are more ‘official’ Merlions in Singapore
for you to check out.
How many Merlions are there in Singapore?
Including the pair at Merlion Park, there are 4 Merlions in Singapore that are
Tourism Court Merlion (1995)
1 Orchard Spring Ln, S 247729
Tourism Court has not one but two Merlions. The official one is a 3-metre tall
Merlion that looks like it is on a diet outside Tourism Court. This status is
made in the Philippines and made from glazed polymarble.
|Credit: UX Google Search
based on this article.
Mount Faber Merlion (1998)
Faber Point, Mount Faber
|Credit: One Faber Group
This Merlion is owned by the National Parks Board and was installed in
1998. It can be gound on Faber Point at Mount Faber
Ang Mo Kio Merlions (1998)
Blk 216-220 Carpark Entrance, Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
|Image Credit: Vlieny Lai Google Search
This pair of Merlions guarding the car park entrance of Blk 216-220 at
Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, opposite Bishan Park, was built by AMK Residential
Committee. Urban lore has it that this pair of Merlion was almost
removed by the Singapore Tourism Board as it was not authorised by
them. The fact that it still stands today means they had unofficially
become an official Merlions.
So, if you visiting Singapore and would like a photo with Merlions,
there are still ways to do so!