Not long ago we talked about Singapore and what you can see on this curious island. In that article we briefly mention Merlion, the imaginary creature or the symbol of Singapore, present in a multitude of places along the island. Today in Travel for free we want to make a small tribute to this curious figure, almost mythological, and that reflects the spirit of the city and its origins as Fisher's town.
Deep down Merlion is simply a imaginary creature which represents the origins of the city or the island, where several fishing villages were settled. Breaking down his name, "Mer" means the sea and "lion" is "singa", as it refers to Lion on the island. If you look closely, in the end we are talking about a half lion and half fish sculpture.
The history from Singapore has always been attached to its neighbors Indonesia andMalaysia and their cultures, although today 74% of the population is of Chinese origin. According to the legend, the first king of the Malays, Sang Nila Utama, set off to the island of Bitan to seek fortune, a place that today is very popular among the people of Singapore. From there he met an island of white sands, Temasek, a true paradise of which today there is practically nothing left.
On that island during a great storm the situation forced the king to launch all the cargo that the ship carried so as not to sink with it. Curiously the storm did not stop until he threw his crown Sea. Once on the island they spotted a strange animal corpulent, red, with a strange head and white chest. His old adviser informed the king that this animal could be a lion, although at that time the lions were no longer present in that region, so they deduced that it could also be a tiger. The king saw it so fascinating that he considered it a good omen and settled base in that paradisiacal region.
Nowadays Singapore is very different, little of paradise remains, although in the eyes of the tourist seeing its skyscrapers is something fascinating. For the most nostalgic, for lovers of history and nature, Singapore is a sign of the progress and ability of the human being to put cement and build in the most beautiful places on the planet. Today we only have to close our eyes and imagine, but Singapore with or without cement is still a place to visit, although there are no longer the beaches of a blinding white as described in those timesSang Nila Utama.
Merlion's most famous sculpture is the one on Fullerton road, in Merlion park, right in front of the Marina Bay Sands. Merlion was designed by Fraser Brunner and built in 1964. If we talk about its dimensions Merlion measures 8.6m and weighs no less than 70 tons.
From the Marina Bay Sands
We still remember the bustle of the city, the crowd approaching Merlion park to see how this beautiful sculpture throws water on the bay. In the background one of the most spectacular skylines in the world and the hotel that houses the pool with the best views of the city. I don't know if I stay with the night or the day, but Singapore is certainly a city to visit.
When to go?
The months of April and May are the hottest, and the wettest season runs from November to January. Still, any time of the year is a good time to visit Singapore. In addition, Singapore is an ideal place to stop, spend a couple of days and continue on your journey through Southeast Asia.
How to get?
If you want to visit Singapore, one of the companies with the most frequent flights and especially those of the highest quality Emirates. Once in the airport, the most comfortable and cheap way to get to the center is to take the subway or MRT, located in terminal 2, and in less than 30 min you will be seeing Merlion
Where to sleep?
If you are looking for luxury and enjoy the most spectacular pool in the world, your place is the Mandalay Bay Sands. If you are looking for cheap hotels you have to go downtown to places like Little China or Little India, where most backpackers or mid-price hotels are.
Tours and excursions in Singapore
From visiting Sentosa Island, Universal Studios, tours in Spanish, doing a safari or a night visit. Singapore offers 1001 possibilities.
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