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The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, a well-known icon of Singapore. The lion element refers to the city's original name, Singapura ('Lion City'), while the fish honours its maritime heritage. Even its name is a mixture of the mermaid and lion words. The Merlion symbol was designed by Fraser Brunner for the logo of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1964.
1. What to see
The most famous Merlion statue of the city standing in Merlion Park on the edge of Marina Bay was converted into an ad-hoc hotel room between April 4th and May 5th 2011 as part of the Singapore Biennale festival. Guests had to pay 150 Singapore dollars per night to sleep in a double room built around the Merlion's roaring head. The room was equipped with an en-suite bathroom and butler service but breakfast was served at the nearby Fullerton Hotel.
3. How to get there
Most tourists visit Singapore on a package tour that allows them to spend 2-3 days in the city. It is easy to reach Merlion Park on foot from downtown area.
4. Where to stay
There are plenty of hotels to stay in Singapore, the best ones are located either at the city center or at the Island of Sentosa.