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Enter the Guardian of Prosperity and discover the legend behind the Sentosa Merlion!

What does it take to guard the prosperity of Singapore? 

A 37 metre-tall mythical creature to be precise. If you think you've seen and heard it all, there's more to the legend inside. Who knows, you could be in luck to uncover more than just curious tales upon making a grand entrance into the larger-than-life-icon. Come and see, hear, touch and feel the grand presence of the regal icon yourself!


Plan Your Visit


Introducing the Sentosa Merlion

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Singapore's Most Well-Known Icon

The legendary Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and a fish’s body – as a guardian of prosperity which personifies Singapore’s history as an important seaport. The lion head depicts the folklore of Prince Sang Nila Utama’s discovery of lion (singa) and City (pura) while the fish tail symbolises the fishing village of ‘Temasek’, also known as ‘sea-town’ in Javanese. Today, the majestic Merlion is a Singapore icon attracting visitors from all around the world.

If you walk past some of the significant sites in the Lion City, you’ll meet more than one Merlion. There’s the 8.6-metre porcelain statue at Merlion Park, another 2-metre cub porcelain statue right behind it, a 3-metre statue Mount Faber and many more! Nevertheless, there’s nothing compared to the majestic 37-metre-tall concrete Merlion on Sentosa Island.

Unlike it's predecessor by the Esplanade, Sentosa Merlion distinguishes itself as the only Merlion in Singapore where you can enter to uncover it's origins and story. 

Facts & Design

Completed in 1995, Sentosa Merlion was designed and sculpted by an Australian Artist, James Martin.

Positioned at the heart of the island, the Sentosa Merlion stands on a base that resembles the bagua* which is believed to bring about prosperity and affluence. Each of the majestic creature’s 320 scales is shaped like the bagua too.

And if you pay close attention to more intriguing details inside, you’ll notice that each of the Sentosa Merlion’s teeth represents a different ethnic group in Singapore – Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian – signifying prosperity for all citizens of Singapore.

Standing strong and majestic, this must-see icon is still, by far, the largest and tallest Merlion in Singapore.

*Bagua is an auspicious tool used in Feng Shui to direct energy towards prosperity.

Take In the View & Other Experiences

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Opening Hours

Open Daily: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Last Entry: 7:30 PM

 

Get Your Tickets

Enter into the Sentosa Merlion today!

Get a free cup of coffee and $1 OFF retail products at the Sentosa Merlion Shop with purchase of a Sentosa Merlion standard ticket!

 

For An Enhanced Experience: Sentosa Merlion Guided Tour

Gain a deeper understanding of the legend behind Singapore's icon with our knowledgeable tour guides!

Price of tour experience is inclusive of admission into the Sentosa Merlion. 

Sentosa Merlion Guided Tour

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Do you know how the Merlion came about?

Join us on a journey of discovery and learn how the Merlion has become an enduring symbolic icon of Singapore's success story, from its humble beginnings as a fishing village to a modern bustling city. Immerse in the legend of the Sentosa Merlion with our Star Guides today!

  • Tour Timings: 11:45 AM, 1:45 PM and 3:45 PM
  • Meeting Point: Sentosa Merlion Main Entrance
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* Inclusive of admission into the Sentosa Merlion.

Complete Your Sentosa Merlion Experience

Sentosa Merlion Shop

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Be spoilt for choice with Merlion exclusive merchandise, some of which are only found here at the Sentosa Merlion FUN Shop!

Merlion Cafe

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Fuel up your energy with local delights at the Merlion Cafe. Your experience is not complete till you try our unique Merlion waffle!

Merlion Plaza

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Stop by the Merlion Plaza to experience the full grandeur of the 37-metre tall Sentosa Merlion, and snap away at the various photo-points in the area! 

Getting There

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