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Sentosa’s iconic Merlion statue to be demolished on 21 October 2019 to make way for a new linkway

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If one were to ask any Singaporean to name something unique to Singapore, many of us would definitely mention the Merlion.

That’s why many Singaporean’s hearts broke on Friday, 20 September 2019, when Sentosa Development Corporation announced that they will be demolishing the iconic statue to make way for their new Sensoryscape project.

The Merlions last day of operation will be on 20 October 2019 and works for the Sensoryscape project will begin in Q4 2019. The Sensoryproject aims to be completed by 2022 and it will be a themed thoroughfare that will link Resorts World Sentosa to the beaches in the south. The whole project will cost about $90 million and will be the Sentosa-Brani Master Plans first milestone.

Constructed in 1995, the Singapore Merlion statue at Sentosa is the largest Merlion statue in Singapore, standing at 37m tall. It was designed by Australian sculptor James Martin. Visitors were able to take a lift up to the Merlion’s mouth to get a panoramic view of Sentosa.

If you love the Merlion, do visit it before it is demolished!

Photo credits: The Straits Times, Hapz.com, Klook

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