October 08, 2019

Singapore to Demolish Famous Attraction Sentosa Merlion

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  • Singapore’s iconic statue Sentosa Merlion will be demolished to make way for a passage that will connect the south and north islands, as part of the SGD90 million Sentosa Sensoryscape project. 

    The two-tier passageway will link the mainland Resorts World Sentosa with the South beaches.

    IMAGE The Straits Times

    Among the seven Merlion statues in Singapore, the 37m-tall Sentosa Merlion is one of the most visited attractions in the Lion City, designed by Australian artist James Martin.

    Many tourists were devastated to hear the news—particularly Singaporeans with nostalgic memories of the iconic statue.

    Dr. Michael Chiam of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, however, explained that this is the first major redevelopment project for Sentosa since the 1970s and that the place needs more exciting activities and new destinations to attract more tourists.

    According to Sentosa Development Corporation, the two islands will be divided into five zones, which will have its own character even if they are far from the city.

    “Having zones with different themes will minimize duplication across clusters and cater to different groups more easily,” Prof Sing of National University of Singapore’s Institute of Real Estate and Urban Studies told The Straits Times.

    He also mentioned that the Sensoryscape project will serve as a significant avenue to connect bigger areas.

    In line with the demolition of Sentosa Merlion, special activities will be held in Merlion Plaza, such as a special edition of the Merlion’s video and light and sound show before it stops operating on October 20, 2019.

    Also read: Singapore School Manila Green Campus in Cavite: A Second Home Close to Nature

    Source: The Straits Times
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