Near the shore in Napier, New Zealand sits a mermaid known as Pania of the Reef. According to one of several versions of an old Maori legend, the mermaid Pania lived in the sea off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island. One day she fell in love with and secretly married Karitoki, the son […]
A mermaid sculpture by Jonathan Wylder was placed in Cowes to celebrate the completion of the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Jubilee Haven. It is also in memory of Lord Grantham who who presided over the Yacht Club’s first meeting in 1815, and whose yacht was called “Mermaid”. See all the details here ….
On the South Korean island of Geomundo, the Shin-ji-ke Yeo (Sinjiki) Mermaid sculpture was unveiled in November 2010. According to legends, she was Queen of Inoki Island in Japan, but fell in love with Seo-bok. She followed him to Geomundo in his quest to find the Medicine of Immortality. They stranded and she perished, but […]
The South Korean island of Jeju is famous for its mermaid divers (Haenyeo) – women who dive for abalone, seaweed, sea urchins, octopi, shellfish and other treasures, in a tradition dating back centuries. As a symbol of the island’s haenyeo, on the north shore of Jeju, near the famous Dragon’s Head Rock, sits a smiling mermaid […]
The Yeongdo Lighthouse Mermaid was unveiled in 2004 and stands a few feet directly in front of the lighthouse, facing Japan. The lighthouse is located inside the Taejongdae Park, which is surpassingly beautiful, with magnificent cliffs and spectacular views. The lighthouse itself is several hundred feet above the water, and is part of the park […]
A 4-ton bronze mermaid statue of Princess Hwangok was installed near Doengbaek beach in 1974, but was badly damaged by Typhoon Thelma in 1987. A replica sculpture was created and installed in the original location in 1989. The Princess Hwangok Mermaid of Doengbaek. Photo © by Laura Raymond. The statue is 8 ft high. The […]
Putri Duyung means “mermaid” in Indonesian. Putri Duyung Ancol literally means “Mermaid of Ancol Bay” and is an exotic beach resort hotel on the north coast of Jakarta in Ancol Bay. The hotel is part of Ancol Dreamland, an amusement park complex which includes Fantasy World, SeaWorld, the Atlantis Water Adventure and more. At the […]
This mermaid was installed in 2013 as part of artificial reefs being built to replace natural coral reefs destroyed in the 1980s by the fishing industry. Is is below the surface in Jemeluk Bay, near Amed Beach on Bali. Installations like these serve as both diving destinations for tourists and as havens for fish and […]
India is definitely the land of large mermaid statues. Here is the 27′ concrete mermaid sculpture at the Mahatma Gandhi Park in Kollam Beach. This in one of at least two giant mermaids in India. Get all the details here.
In Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, is a large statue of Nüwa, an ancient Chinese goddess, best known for creating mankind and (as shown here) repairing the wall of heaven. The sculpture has been moved a few times, but is now in a beautiful and hopefully final setting. See all the details here.