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The Merlion is a statue with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Its name comes from the words, mermaid and lion. The merlion was designed by Fraser Brunner for the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1964 and was used as its logo up to 1997. The Merlion continues to Singapore's trademark symbol. It also appears frequently in STB-approved souvenirs.




Legend has it that when Sang Nila Utama first discovered Singapore, he sighted a mythical beast which he later learnt was a lion. He then decided to name the country 'Singapura' - Lion City.

Merlions in Singapore

The Merlion in One Fullerton
The Merlion in Sentosa

There are five official Merlions approved by the Singapore Tourism Board. This includes two at the Merlion Park, one is the smaller Merlion and the other the main Merlion.

  • Singapore River (Merlion Walk, One Fullerton)
  • Sentosa Island (Imbiah Lookout)
  • Mount Faber
  • Tourism Court (Orchard Spring Lane)