Singapore to demolish Sentosa’s iconic Merlion Statue

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Singapore’s most famous and iconic Sentosa Merlion Statue now going to be demolished, as per some reports. The shocking step to demolish the Merlion statue on Sentosa is being taken to make way for the construction of a pedestrian bridge that is going to cost $90 million.

The newly proposed bridge is going to connect Sentosa and Pulau Brani. According to the report, this move will help in boosting Sentosa’s appeal to travelers.

Unfortunately, the structure will get demolished by the end of this year, and the upcoming project of the new bridge 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.

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The all-new bridge is going to have some exceptional features for travelers, such as look-out points, water features, and other architectural wonders.

The story of the Merlion of Sentosa

The Merlion Statue 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.

The statue was designed by Alec Fraser-Brunner and was installed back in 1972.

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Interestingly, there are very few Merlions in Singapore, the one in Sentosa is the largest one and the highest one is located atop Mount Faber.

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