Iconic Merlion Statue Will Make Way For Sentosa-Brani Linkway
The Merlion statue in Sentosa has long been a symbolic icon of the island.
Sadly, the iconic statue will soon be making way for new developments, according to The Straits Times.
On Friday (20 Sep), Sentosa Development Corporation announced that the statue will make way for their new Sensoryscape project, slated for completion by 2022.
The last day of the Sentosa Merlion’s operations is 20 Oct, and it will be closed from 21 Oct.
Construction works for the Sensoryscape project will begin in Q4 2019, the corporation confirmed with MS News.
Merlion statue is the largest in Singapore
Constructed in 1995, the Merlion statue measures 37m tall and was designed by Australian sculptor James Martin.
This cement structure is also the largest Merlion statue in Singapore.
In the past, the Merlion structure used to shoot lasers from its eyes as part of a multimedia show.
Tourists are still able to visit the mythical creature’s maw via a lift at $18 per entry, to enjoy a panoramic view of the island.
The Merlion statue’s last day of operations is on 20 Oct.
In addition to the iconic structure, 4 other eateries will also be making way and will be closed progressively from 21 Oct.
Sentosa-Brani Master Plan will be completed in the coming decades
The Merlion statue will be making way for a themed thoroughfare which will link Resorts World Sentosa located in the north the beaches in the south.
The linkway, named Sentosa Sensoryscape, will cost $90 million and will be the first milestone of the Sentosa-Brani Master plan.
The mega project comprises new attractions and new transport infrastructure with the aim of redeveloping Sentosa and Pulau Brani
The project will be rolled out in phases and will be completed in the coming 2-3 decades.
Visit Sentosa ASAP to see the iconic structure 1 last time
If you and your family would love to visit the iconic structure before its demolition, better do it fast before it’s gone for good.
Featured image adapted from Our Awesome Planet.