The Famous Merion Statue In Merlion Park, Singapore, Features On This Attractive Fridge Magnet
The Merlion is a mythical creature, half lion and half fish. The huge, mane topped, head and aquatic tail are a familiar symbol in South Korea. The Merlion statue, situated in Merlion Park, is the original statue and is 8.6 metres in height. This impressive work of art was originally situated at the mouth of the Singapore River when it was installed on 15 September 1972. It was relocated in 2002 to its current Merlion Park location. The delightful statue is pictured on this resin fridge magnet which you can purchase now from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
The History Of The Merlion
The theme of the half lion, half fish creature is familiar in several different traditions. In Indian tradition they can be found in murals at Ajanta and Mathura. Western heraldry also contains references to the creatures. Representations can be found on such items as the coat of arms of English coastal city Portsmouth. The figure which is captured on the Merlion Park statue was designed by Fraser Brunner to be the logo of the Singapore Tourism Board. It was used as the logo from 1964 to 1997 and is still a trademark of the company. The history of Singapore is captured in the Merlion figure. The name Singapore means ‘lion city’, hence the lions head. The fish tail represents Singapore’s history as a fishing village when it was called Temasek.
Merlion Park, Singapore
As you may guess this attractive green area in the midst of Singapore’s bustling life, is named after the Merlion image which is embodied in two statues within the park. As well as the large original statue another, two metre tall, version stands just behind the original. The park is located next to Marina Bay at the edge of the city and is popular with locals and tourists alike. It is not always a place to escape the busy city as this attraction can be busy itself, especially at weekends. Nonetheless, the park provides a perfect place to admire the view over the bay and the architectural landscape of Singapore. If you visit Singapore, and want a photo opportunity, then Merlion Park is where to find it.
Singapore is a popular tourist destination, as well as being an often used stopover point on long journeys. It is a city state, with a cultural heritage existing alongside its world famous skyscrapers. It is a small country with a population of a little more than five million people. Due to its small land area it has a high population density. What makes Singapore different to a lot of other densely populated countries is that it does not lack green space with over fifty parks and four nature reserves. Conversely it is also a destination which provides seemingly limitless shopping experiences and its nightlife is amazing. The cuisine of Singapore is legendary and is available from many sources, from the street vendor to the luxurious restaurant. Singapore does have a reputation for being more ‘sterile’ than other Asian countries but there is no doubt that it provides a memorable experience with its multi-racial, multi-cultural and religiously diverse environment. Add to that the fact that it has a temperate climate with much sun, accompanied by year round, regular, but generally short bouts of rainfall and you have this popular tourist haven. Why not purchase a little piece of memorabilia of Singapore in the form of this resin fridge magnet, featuring the Merlion, available to buy from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.