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Merlion Ready To Flag Off Formula One Festivities

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Singapore’s Merlion is all decked out and ready for the 2009 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix (still the world’s only F1 night race) and its surrounding festivities such as the Singapore GP Season and F1 Rocks.

This year’s decoration at the Merlion Park consists of a series of 20 chequered flags flanking the Merlion. The black and white flags are typical of a Formula One race, while the red and white flags represent Singapore and the Singapore GP Season.

“With Singapore gearing up to host the world’s only night race for the second year, we wanted to add to the atmosphere in the Marina Bay area by creating a fun and memorable photo opportunity of one of Singapore’s most popular icons standing tall amidst a wave of chequered flags. Last year’s Merlion dress-up proved very popular with both visitors and local residents, and we strongly encourage everyone to visit the Merlion Park today to capture a slice of the race action in the city,” said Mr Chang Chee Pey, Director, Brand Management, Singapore Tourism Board.

The race-themed decorations are now available for viewing until 9 October 2009.

The Merlion

The Merlion was first built as an eight-metre tall sculpture in 1972 and located at the mouth of the Singapore River to "welcome all visitors to Singapore".

Commissioned in 1971 by the Singapore Tourism Board (then known as the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board), it was built by Mr Lim Nang Seng, a local craftsman who had won several prizes in the Singapore Handicraft and Design competition.

 The Merlion was formally installed on 15 September 1972 by the then Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. On 15 September 2002, the Merlion was moved to its current location at Merlion Park next to One Fullerton, and now overlooks the scenic Marina Bay.

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