Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore’s circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha’s teeth.
Half-fish and half-lion, the iconic Merlion resides at the waterfront Merlion Park.
The body symbolises Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, meaning ‘sea town’ in Old Javanese.
Its head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or ‘lion city’ in Malay.
Today, you can glimpse this legend at Merlion Park. Spouting water from its mouth, the Merlion statue stands tall at 8.6 metres and weighs 70 tonnes.
This icon is a ‘must-see’ for tourists visiting Singapore, similar to other significant landmarks around the world.
But with the completion of Esplanade Bridge in 1997, the statue could no longer be viewed clearly from the waterfront. So in 2002, the Merlion was relocated 120 metres away from the original position to where it stands in Merlion Park today, in front of Fullerton Hotel and overlooking Marina Bay. The park also houses a smaller Merlion statue. Known as the ‘Merlion cub’, it stands at 2 metres tall and weighs three tonnes. The original sculpture and its cub are the most well-known among the seven approved Merlion statues in Singapore. See if you can spot the rest on your trip here: there’s a giant version on Sentosa, one at Tourism Court near Grange Road and another at Mount Faber.
on of attractions, rides and entertainment for families and thrill seekers. Indeed, 18 out of the 24 movie-themed rides here were designed just for the Singapore park.
There are seven movie-themed zones, and each is uniquely designed. You will find the renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame at the Hollywood zone, and as you venture into New York, the landscape evolves into impressive city skylines, including a mock-up of a subway entrance. Here, you can step onto a movie set and experience the destructive force of a hurricane with special effects produced by Steven Spielberg.
Sci-Fi City features the famous TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle ride where you fight evil forces in heart-pounding 3D combat. Move on to Ancient Egypt and face mummies and scarab beetles on an indoor roller coaster in total darkness – all the better to ignite your fears. And in Madagascar, prepare to be drenched in a wet river boat ride.
Thrills and spills
Performances here are equally spectacular. The young ones will love the Shrek 4-D Adventure at Far Far Away. This fun cinematic experience allows you to physically feel the action of the movie. In the Lost World, witness death-defying stunts and explosions in WaterWorld™, a live performance.
After an exhilarating day out, replenish your energy between the attractions and step in to the many themed restaurants across the parks. And make sure you have your camera ready for “celebrity” sightings.
And the universal studios with exciting rides and games to play there. The city of lion the place of love and the country of many open chances.