Merlion statue to undergo first restorative works since 2015

The Merlion statue in Singapore. (FILE PHOTO: Reuters/Edgar Su)
The Merlion statue in Singapore. (FILE PHOTO: Reuters/Edgar Su)

The main Merlion statue at Merlion Park will be undergoing restoration works for the first time in three years.

From 26 February to 6 May, the statue will not be available for photo-taking, as scaffolding will be erected around it to facilitate the restoration works. said the Singapore Tourism Board in a media release on Friday (22 February). The nearby Merlion cub statue will not be affected.

The Merlion statue last underwent restoration works in October 2015.

The original sculpture and its cub version are the most well-known among the seven approved Merlion statues in Singapore. They were originally erected in 1972 on the other side of the Esplanade Bridge, near the current Fullerton Waterboat House.

When the Esplanade Bridge was completed in 1997, it blocked the views of the old Merlion statues from the Marina Bay waterfront. The statues were therefore moved to their present location in 2002, 30 years after they were first unveiled.

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