The Merlion statue is a symbol of tourism in Singapore. I dropped by when I went to Singapore the other day, but it’s just amazing! I felt that the number of people had increased dramatically compared to the last time I visited, and the “pedestrian bridge” that continued from the Esplanade was added.
This time, I’d like to compare the scene of Merlyon Park, which was in chaos with tourists, with a picture taken four years ago before the footbridge was built.
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Great shot of the Merlion statue.
The weather was fair and partly cloudy during our stay in Singapore. However, even on a clear day, the clouds start to gradually increase around noon, and a shower usually comes around for about 1 hour around 3 PM, so walking around the city is basically done in the morning!
I left for Merlyon Park around 10:30 AM. Since it was Sunday, the town was quiet, and even if you walk in a high-rise building area, there seems to be no one except tourists.
It’s late, but the location of Merlion Park is here. It’s halfway between the high-rise buildings of Raffles Place and City Hall, with Marina Bay Sands across the bay.
The composition of the Merlion statue and the skyscrapers behind it is certainly worth seeing. It is convenient to sit on the stairs around the statue, but you need to be careful not to fall into the sea at night.
Anyway, there are so many people …
There is a pier in Merlion Park where you can see Merlion diagonally, but of course only tourists are there. In addition, the Japanese population is unusually high, and Japanese can be heard here and there more than Chinese.
There were certainly many people when I came here last time, but it was especially crowded on this day. Anyway, there are so many people! It’s hard to take a picture.
Chaos …。 This pier may need to be expanded soon.
Jubilee Bridge built in 2015
By the way, this slightly curved pedestrian bridge that runs from Merlyon Park to a place in Esplanade has never been to before. According to my research, it was established in 2015 to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of Singapore’s independence.
The bridge is called Jubilee Bridge. In the past, people had to use the stairs to go up to the sidewalk of the main road, but now they can easily move in wheelchairs and strollers. The moving distance at both ends is much shorter, so it’s easy and good.
In the middle of the bridge, there was a passage to and from the main road. Can I go by bicycle …?
compare with a picture four years ago
When I was there four years ago, I was standing on the highway from Merlyon Park to Esplanade, taking pictures of the skyscrapers of Merlyon Park and Raffles Place. If you look at the left edge of the photo, you can see that there is no current Jubilee Bridge.
It was a good opportunity, so I took a picture of the same composition this time! It is the same March as 4 years ago, so azalea (? The Jubilee Bridge has been built, and you can see one more skyscraper in the back.
But that’s the change? It’s a little sad that 4 years have passed and one more skyscraper has been added (And now it’s under construction?) …。
So, I visited the Merlion Park for the first time in 4 years. I understand well that the number of tourists is steadily increasing. … makes me think a little bit about what this is going to be like tomorrow, a tourism-oriented country “Japan”.
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