One of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks will be torn down and replaced by a ” themed thoroughfare” that will connect Sentosa’s north and south shores. This is part of long-term plans to reshape the resort island and the adjacent Pulau Brani into a premier leisure and tourism destination.
Works to demolish the towering 37m-Merlion statue, which sits at the heart of Sentosa, will begin by the end of 2019, when construction on the $90 million Sentosa Sensoryscape project will commence.
The new thoroughfare will be about the size of 5.5 football fields, or 30,000 sqm, and will connect Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) with the beaches in the south, and replace the existing walkway.
Construction of the thoroughfare will be expected to be complete by 2022. Sentosa and Pulau Brani are part of the upcoming Greater Southern Waterfront district, a 30km-long coastal stretch to be developed for living, working and playing.
The last day of operations for the Sentosa Merlion will be on Oct 20.
SDC Chief executive Quek Swee Kuan maintained that the construction of the thoroughfare would speed up the flow of pedestrian traffic.
“We won’t relocate the Merlion because of its size, but we are considering how to commemorate it,”
Quek also added that the island’s management is also considering a new icon for Sentosa.