Singapore's Merlion at Merlion Park started spouting
water again today around noon. It had been closed for repair work since
28 February to rectify damage on the external façade of the Merlion
caused by a lightning strike.
The repair work will however continue on the wave form
until the end of March.
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".
approximately Sin$165,000 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. It has become one of the most famous icons of
this vibrant city-state.
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