Merlion

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Merlion Singapore Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
648 reviews
The Merlion Feb 21, 2012
The Merlion is the emblem of Singapore, a large, mythical lion with a fish tail that defends the city state. For some reason, almost all depictions of the Merlion make it look cute. And it is (possibly accidentally) the cute side of the Merlion that this attraction exploits.


It is not possible to just go straight to the top of the Merlion. Oh no. First, there is a short exhibition on various sea monsters (and Nessie. Go figure). And then, there is no way of avoiding watching a short (and quite funny) cartoon about how Alexander the Great’s grandson used a magic crown to calm the sea gods down so that he could visit the beautiful island that later became Singapore, promptly saw a lion and – well, despite the cartoon being in English, I was very jetlagged, and I am not entiresly sure what happened between the lion and the state of Singapore inventing gloriously tacky concrete Merlion tourist attractions. Then, and only then, do you get to go up in a lift to stand and pose for photos in the Merlion’s mouth and on his head.


It is, in fact, wonderfully silly. So whether or not you love it (as I did), or think it is tacky and worthless (as most reviewers seem to), depends entirely on whether or not you are into silliness. If you are the sort of person who prides themselves on being cool, you’d best not come. But I am not now, and never have been, cool, and I think it was funny.


Disabled access would probably be difficult – there are step free routes and lifts, but I think there were stairs to the Merlion’s mouth and definitely stairs to his head. But they are short flights of stairs and you might manage if you needed a stick. Children would probably enjoy it – I know I loved things like this when I was small and I think you could lift a child of buggy-age the few steps to the Merlion’s mouth. There is, of course, a gift shop.
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nolan nolan
107 reviews
There are 5 Merlions - been to three of them so far Nov 09, 2012
There are five Merlions in Singapore.

The original Merlion (the one that spews a stream of water) has been moved once, in 2002 to its present location near the Fullerton Hotel. The second Merlion (the smaller version of the first), was also moved when they relocated Merlion Park. I have seen both of these numerous times since 1991.

The third Merlion (on Sentosa Island) is the largest and you can climb up and view the surroundings from the mouth gallery viewing deck. There is an entrance fee or it can be part of the Sentosa Island package.

There is a fourth Merlion near Grange Road. Haven't seen that one as well.

For some reason when we visited Mt. Faber I wasn't able to notice the fifth Merlion.
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bensonryan bensonry…
70 reviews
The symbol of Singapore Nov 14, 2010
The Singaporean Merlion is a monument located in the Southern island of Sentosa, accessible by Gondola, boat or vehicle. With Singapore being small, it is relatively easy to access even in a short term stay. I never knew of this popular landmark until my first visit of Singapore. With the cost of 20 Singapore dollars, ($15 US), I was able to access inside and observe some of the history via video, educating me on the symbol of the Merlion and the history of Singapore. We were able to get a free souvenir along with a photo of my then-girlfriend and I inside the mouth of the Merlion. There is also a giftshop and cafe inside that is worth a look.

Overall, I recommend the Sentosa Merlion, which is what tourists should see in conjunction with their visit in Singapore. Even though it might serve the sole purpose of attracting tourists.
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wongjst wongjst
40 reviews
Jul 08, 2007
Many of you had heard of mermaid before but not a merlion. A merlion is a combination of the lion head and the tail of the fish. I personally like the original Merlion located right next to the Singapore River rather than the taller replica in Sentosa Island. Many different angles can be seen in the photos as the Singapore Opera House right next to it and the Fullerton Hotel (former General Post Office) as a background.

You will probably gonna like this original of the Merlion, better than the taller replica in Sentosa Island...

And there is a high chance that you'll probably overlook a even smaller version of the Merlion just located in front of the original, if you are planning to go there at night.
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