Merlion Park (foto: personal)
My family have been to Singapore for many times, but none of them we went to Merlion. Once, we got chance to take photo at Sentosa’s Merlion, but this Merlion is not famous compare to Merlion statue at Merlion Park. Therefore, my wife said “on this occasion we should be able to find Merlion Park”.
Hunt for Merlion
Despite well known as Singapore’s first checklist of tourist object. Merlion Park is difficult to find. I search on internet and get no clue at all on how to get there. We know it is across Marina Bay Sands, but how to get there ? Taxi is always be there for final option though, but it won’t give us nuance of travel while exploring Singapore. Fortunately, I have Iwan Nugroho as my friend. Iwan has been staying at Singapore more than 1 year, and he is really best guide to explore Singapore.
To go Merlion, easiest way is by MRT, we need to take NS Monorail (red colour route) to Marina Bay Sands. We should stop at Rafless Place and from there walk to Merlion Park. The route from Raflless Place MRT Station to Merlion is tricky. Exit from Raffless Place we will opt with many exit routes. Best route according to Iwan is to take Battery Rd exit and walk to Standard Chartered or Bank of China Bulding, there we walk along the river which shows beautiful landscape and could be good spot to take some photos. At end of river we will reach Fullerton Hotel, and Merlion Park is exactly across Fullerton Hotel.
MRT route to Raffles Place (foto: personal)
View along Singapore river on the way hunting for Merlion Park (foto: personal)
Merlion Park is actually is an artificial dock on a bay, it has two merlion statues. One is small and other is quite big. Big one will spout water from its mouth, and this Merlion is the famous Merlion among others on Singapore. Bounded by the sea, not so far, we can easily see other side of the coast where Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Singapore Flyer is located. We can also ride cruise to bring us see Singapore cost from the sea.
When me and family reached Merlion Park, it was crowded by tourist, all of them were on same activities: make a pose and take a photo hehehehe.
Below are some photos I took at Merlion Park
After satisfied with Merlion, me and family decided to go for lunch and pray. Since we had no idea where is closest mosque, Iwan advised us to go to Arab Streets where Masjid Sultan is situated. We went to nearest bus station and ride Bus 100 and stop somewhere on Victoria Street.
Arab streets is very artistic. There, we will find a lot stores for antiques and handicraft with affordable price, it is really nice place to find gift from Singapore.
Masjid Sultan is simple but looks nice from outside. It is called as Masjid Sultan, because it was built as a gift from Sultan Brunei to Singaporean Muslim, Hassanal Bolkiah.
After finish our pray, we go to a Singaporean who is descendant of Indonesian, Hajah Maimunah. She open a mix of Padang and Javanese restaurant. The taste is good and price is friendly base on Singaporean rate.
Finish with the food, we back to hotel and rest to gather some energy for next experience.
Next post, I will write about our experience at Marina Bay Sands and attending an amazing art exhibition.