Merlion Park is located at One Fullerton, Singapore near the Central Business District (CBD) area of Singapore. This park is a popular tourist attraction. There are two structures of the Merlion located at the park with one standing at 8.6 metres which is the original Merlion statue and a 2-metre tall Merlion cub located just behind the original statue. The park is also a major tourist attraction and a landmark of Singapore.
The park was first designed as an emblem for the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1964 and on 15 September 1972, the park was officially opened at an installation ceremony of the statue, officiated by then Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The original statue of the Merlion used to stand at the mouth of the Singapore River. The statue was made from November 1971 to August 1972 by the late Singapore sculptor, Mr Lim Nang Seng, it measures 8.6 metres high and weighs 70 tons. Upon the completion of Esplanade Bridge, the view of the statue was blocked from the Marina Bay Waterfront. The statue was moved to its current location on 23 April 2002 and was finished on 25 April where it is now located adjacent to the famous hotel One Fullerton.
On 28 February 2009, between 4 pm and 5 pm, the Merlion statue was struck by lightning. Staff in the vicinity said they heard an explosion followed by a loud thud when broken pieces fell to the ground. Repairs works to the statue took till the end of March, although the Merlion itself resumed spouting water on 18 March 2009.
The Merlion statue has undergone restoration in 2006 and 2012 to repair cracks and clean stains.