The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot of Singapore. The fish body represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name — Singapura — meaning "lion city" or "kota singa".
The 37 metre tall structure with a lion’s head and a mermaid’s tail is perched on a 23 metre hillock. Behind the Merlion is the Merlion Walk, a 120 metre long pathway that leads to the Siloso Beach. The pathway weaves through statues of lively sea creatures that sprout water jets in their colourful Gaudi inspired mosaic design and Carillon Bells tingling in the wind.