Built in 1972
The first official Merlion statue ever erected, standing at 8.6 metres tall, was designed by Kwan Sai Kheong and crafted by sculptor Lim Nang Seng. Lim also made a smaller, 2-metre-tall Merlion cub situated behind and facing away from its larger sibling – so there's not just one but two bad boys within the vicinity. Both statues are made with cement and inlaid with porcelain plates – and the larger one has red teacups for eyes.
Previously, both sculptures used to hang out at the mouth of the Singapore River. However, with the construction of the Esplanade Bridge, the view of the Merlions from the waterfront was blocked. And so, in 2002, both statues were shifted to their current location in front of Fullerton Hotel, overlooking Marina Bay.