Sentosa Merlion to make way for themed linkway project

Work to demolish the 37m-tall statue, the largest of the seven across Singapore, will begin by the year end.
Work to demolish the 37m-tall statue, the largest of the seven across Singapore, will begin by the year end.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

The Merlion that has been greeting visitors to Sentosa since 1995 will be making way for a themed walkway that will link the resort island's north and south shores.

Work to demolish the 37m-tall statue, the largest of the seven across Singapore, will begin by the year end, when construc-tion on the $90 million Sentosa Sensoryscape project is expected to commence.

The new two-tiered linkway will connect the mainland-facing Resorts World Sentosa with the beaches in the south.

Other long-term plans to redevelop Sentosa and the adjacent Pulau Brani include separating them into five zones, each with its own distinct character.

There will be a special edition of the Merlion's video, light and sound show and other activities at Merlion Plaza before it closes on Oct 20.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2019, with the headline 'Sentosa Merlion to make way for themed linkway project'. Print Edition | Subscribe