Singapore’s Merlion turns into a hotel


SINGAPORE– Singapore’s tourism destination landmark the Merlion at Merlion Park will undergo a dramatic transformation beginning February 7, 2011.

Titled the “The Merlion Hotel,” this unique artistic concept will see the tourism icon being transformed into a temporary hotel suite to welcome guests for overnight stays. This is just one of the many intriguing artwork installation projects presented as part of this year’s Singapore Biennale organized by the Singapore Art Museum.

From February 7 until March 9, 2011, The Merlion will be hoarded up so as to facilitate this conversion and for safety considerations. “The Merlion Hotel” will subsequently be unveiled on March 11, 2011 and be opened for public viewing from March 13 to May 15, 2011. During this time, members of the public will be able to view the installation daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Key information on “The Merlion Hotel,” including how visitors may stay a night at the suite, will be illustrated on the hoarding panels and announced shortly by the Singapore Art Museum.

The Merlion will be undergoing reinstatement works from May 16 to June 5, 2011 and resume operation on June 6, 2011.