The Merlion

Sentosa Island, just off the South East tip of Singapore, has been developed within the last 15 years as a resort destination with hotels, golf courses and much more, to keep visitors amused.

At the high point of the island is the iconic Merlion, a mythical creature, half mermaid, half lion, which has been adopted as a symbol of the city of Singapore. The structure is 37 metres tall and can be climbed from within to enjoy a 360 degree panorama of Sentosa, the city to the North and the shipping lanes of the Straits of Malacca from the East and around to the West.

The exhibition illustrated, located on the upper levels of the structure, evokes some of the region's often romanticised history of pirates who sought to ply their trade across the South China Sea over the last few hundred years. But be careful, for not all of these seafaring ne're-do-wells have put away their cutlasses, ball and cannon. Tread carefully as you walk around the exhibit.

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Sentosa Island, just off the South East tip of Singapore, has been developed within the last 15 years as a resort destination with hotels, golf courses and much more, to keep visitors amused.

At the high point of the island is the iconic Merlion, a mythical creature, half mermaid, half lion, which has been adopted as a symbol of the city of Singapore. The structure is 37 metres tall and can be climbed from within to enjoy a 360 degree panorama of Sentosa, the city to the North and the shipping lanes of the Straits of Malacca from the East and around to the West.

The exhibition illustrated, located on the upper levels of the structure, evokes some of the region's often romanticised history of pirates who sought to ply their trade across the South China Sea over the last few hundred years. But be careful, for not all of these seafaring ne're-do-wells have put away their cutlasses, ball and cannon. Tread carefully as you walk around the exhibit.