The iconic Sentosa Merlion of Singapore is now going to be demolished, as per reports. The shocking step to demolish the Merlion statue on Sentosa is being taken in order to make way for the construction of a pedestrian bridge that is going to cost S$90 million. The proposed bridge is going to connect Sentosa and Pulau Brani. According to the experts, this move could help in boosting Sentosa’s appeal to travellers.
Unfortunately, the structure is set to get demolished by the end of this year, and the upcoming project is set to be completed by 2022. The bridge, Setosa Sensoryscape project, is going to be a two-tiered road that is expected to be the size of more than five football fields. The all-new bridge is going to have some exceptional features for travellers, such as look-out points, water features, and other architectural wonders.
It was once the logo for Singapore Tourism, today the statue faces a dire consequence. Merlion stands for mer, which means sea, and the second half is of course lion;together it represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village. Interestingly, the lion head is known as Singapura, which was its original name. It means lion city. It was designed by Alec Fraser-brunner, and was installed back in 1972.
Interestingly, there are quite a few Merlions in Singapore, with the one in Sentosa being the largest one. The highest one is located atop Mount Faber.