Facts about the image, Singapore Merlion Statue and Central Business District
This image of Singapore Merlion Statue and Central Business District shows the famous merlon statue spouting water into Singapore’s Marina bay at dawn, a thin layer of cloud hovered around the horizon behind me at sunrise meaning that I had to wait an additional twenty minutes or so until the sun shone in all it’s glory on the statue and the buildings of the central business district and Fullerton Hotel behind it. The colonial building behind it is The Fullerton Hotel, named after Robert Fullerton, first governor of the Straits Settlement (1826-1829) was commissioned in 1919 as part of the British Colony’s centennial celebrations originally used as an office building before becoming The General Post Office then The Singapore Club, a makeshift hospital during the second world war years, the Inland Revenue offices in the post war years and finally becoming a hotel in 1997 stands at the mouth of the Singapore River close to the spot where Sir Stamford Raffles first landed in 1819.
The Merlion a cross between a lion and a fish has become the marketing symbol of Singapore with the largest example on the Island seen here in front of the Fullerton Hotel which is now dwarfed by the skyscrapers of the Central Business District and the logos of the worlds major banks and businesses behind it. Sunrise in Singapore occurs at around 07:00hrs every day of the year, this explains why there are not many people around the Merlion Statue, the first tourist busses generally arrive just after 08:00 thereafter the area becomes packed with tourists throughout the year.