The Sentosa Merlion is one of Singapore’s most enduring icons – a legendary mythical creature whose structure has long been used to personify Singapore. This creature is depicted as having a lion’s head with the body of a fish.
There are two popular Merlion Statues in Singapore, the most famous at Marina Bay opposite Marina Bay Sands, and another larger Merlion on Sentosa Island.
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Today, Sentosa Merlion is a must-visit for anyone touring Singapore. According to legends passed down through the generations, Merlion would make visits to Sentosa Island each year with the sole purpose of guarding the country’s well-being and prosperity. One night, the island was almost ripped apart by a violent storm but Merlion fought back and kept the blackened skies at bay, thanks to his magical powers. This in turn preserved the island, and Merlion has since dwelt on the island to preserve its well-being.
Visitors are able to ascend to the top of the Sentosa Merlion to get some of the best views of the island. The Sentosa Merlion stands at 37 metres high and visitors can take an elevator up to its mouth and have a photo taken by a professional, and then walk up about 20 stairs to the very top. From here, you will be 60 metres above sea level and will be able to see 360 degree views of Sentosa Island.
A trip to Sentosa Merlion is incomplete without a chime of the Prosperity Bell. Visitors get to hit the bell and wish for good luck. After your climb, make sure to collect your own limited edition Prosperity Coin at the Merlion, Singapore’s Guardian of Prosperity and then head down to the café and shop to indulge in delicious Singapore treats.
Sentosa Merlion is easily accessible via the boardwalk, Sentosa Express and Cable Car. If taking the cable car, alight at Merlion Station or Imbiah Station if taking the Sentosa Express. The Merlion is only a short walk from either station.