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10 Must-Do Experiences at Singapore’s Iconic Merlion Park

  • March 13, 2024
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10 Must-Do Experiences at Singapore’s Iconic Merlion Park

Merlion Park in Singapore is a must-visit landmark for any tourist. Situated at the mouth of the Singapore River, it’s home to the iconic Merlion statue, which is a mythical creature. This creature has a lion’s head and the body of a fish. It symbolizes Singapore’s origins as a fishing village and its original name, Singapura, or ‘Lion City’. Here’s how to fully enjoy Merlion Park as a tourist:

1. Capture the Moment with the Merlion

  • The Merlion statue is a prime spot for photography. Capture your moments with this iconic symbol from various angles. Early morning or late afternoon offers the best light for photos without the harsh midday sun.

2. Enjoy the Waterfront Views

  • Merlion Park offers stunning views of the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer, and the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade to enjoy the scenic cityscape, especially mesmerizing at night when the city lights up.

3. Attend a Light Show

  • In the evenings, don’t miss the spectacular light and water shows at the nearby Marina Bay Sands. The combination of music, light, and water choreography is a visual treat.

4. Learn About Singapore’s History

  • Take the time to read the plaques around the park that share the history and significance of the Merlion and the development of Singapore’s Marina Bay area. It’s a good spot to understand the blend of tradition and modernity in Singapore.

5. Savor Local Delights at Nearby Eateries

  • Singapore is known for its diverse cuisine. Explore nearby eateries or food centers like Makansutra Gluttons Bay to taste local dishes such as Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, and satay.

6. Explore Nearby Attractions

  • The park is within walking distance of other attractions like the Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands, and Gardens by the Bay. Dedicate a day to exploring these sights after visiting the Merlion.

7. Catch the Sunrise or Sunset

  • For a tranquil experience, visit the park early in the morning or during sunset. It’s less crowded, and you can enjoy the calmness of dawn or the beautiful colors of dusk against the Singapore skyline.

8. Hop on a River Cruise

  • Embark on a river cruise from the nearby Raffles Place to see the Merlion from the water and explore the Singapore River and its historical quays.

9. Visit at Night

  • Merlion Park takes on a different character at night, with the Merlion and surrounding buildings beautifully illuminated. It’s a perfect time for night photography enthusiasts.

10. Interact with Locals and Other Tourists

  • The park is a popular spot for both locals and tourists. It’s a great place to interact and exchange stories or get recommendations for other hidden gems in Singapore.

By following these tips, you can ensure a memorable visit to Merlion Park, capturing not just photos, but also the essence of Singapore’s vibrant culture and history.

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