A pair of Merlions stands proudly at the carpark entrance for Ang Mo Kio Blk 216 – 222.
Built in 1998 for $30,000 by the Ang Mo Kio Residential Commitee, the iconic pair has been around for 12 years (not exactly a long time). But sometime back, the merlions were almost forced to be removed from their locations as they are not authorised by the Singapore Tourism Board, who owns the copyright and all intellectual properties of Merlion.
There are 5 “approved” Merlions in Singapore, which are the original Merlion (with a smaller one behind it) at the Singapore River, the gigantic Merlion in Sentosa, the Merlion of Mount Faber and the one at the Tourism Court.
The original Merlion, first located at the mouth of Singapore River and then shifted to Merlion Park, was officially unveiled in 1972 by former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. At 8.6m tall, it was made by famous sculptor Lim Nang Seng. From then, it was officially determined as the symbol of Singapore; the top part represents Singapore as Lion City, while the bottom part refers Singapore as a port city.
Published: 23 October 2010
Updated: 06 March 2012