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Here’s Reson Why Singapore’s Merlion Statue in Sentosa Will be Demolished

SINGAPORE – Here is the reason why Singapore’s giant Merlion in Sentosa Resort will be demolished before 2019 ends.

Singapore’s sunny island Sentosa is one of the main attractions of the small country. It’s where the Adventure Cove, Universal Studios, S.E.A. Aquarium, and finest dining were located.

But before those exhilarating tourist spots were built, the iconic structure at the resort is the giant Merlion statue. An Australian artist named James Martin designed and sculpted the statue.

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Photo Source: Cosmo

There are several Merlion statues posted all over Singapore but the statue at the Sentosa is the tallest one. Based on a report from ABS-CBN News, that 37-meter statue will soon be demolished. It is bigger than Singapore’s known landmark that is located at Merlion Park.

Sentosa will be removing the iconic statue to make way to their new project on the island. You have until October 20 to see the giant Merlion for the last time. It will be demolished before the year ends.

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Photo Source: Tiqets

According to the report, the resort has plans to remove the iconic structure to make way for their $90-million Sentosa Sensoryscape project, construction of a themed linkway. The project will create a road that will link Pulau Brani and Sentosa.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the Sentosa-Brani Master Plan in August. It will connect the resorts in Sentosa to the beaches in the southern part of the city. The construction will start at the end of 2019 and will probably be finished by 2022.

The plan to demolish the giant Merlion statue elicited mixed reactions from the online community. Here are some of their comments on the post:

@16MillionVotes: “Not a good move”

@srzwanseu: “Singapore making Singapore less Singapore”

@Chona78166363: “Buti na lng bgo ma demolish, nakapunta na me jan, hehehe, at least may remebrance na me at memories.”

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