Little Mermaid

I’m sure most of you have read or heard about the Little Mermaid fairy tale when you were a kid. One of the Denmark’s major attractions is the Little Mermaid sculpture in the harbour of Copenhagen. It is a short walk from the Langelinie cruise ship pier. It is such an iconic symbol of Denmark that it was moved to Shanghai last year (2010) for 6 months as the main attraction for the Danish pavilion at the 2010 World Expo.

The Little Mermaid is known as “Den lille Havfrue” in Danish. It is a fairytale written in 1836 and first published in 1837 by Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish author. The story is about a young mermaid who is willing to give up everything to gain an immortal soul and the prince’s love.

Information of the Sculpture

The sculpture was erected in 1913, created by Edvard Eriksen. It was donated to the City of Copenhagen by Carl Jacobsen, who was the son of Carlsberg’s founder. The sculpture is relatively small and we were a bit disappointed. According to wikipedia, it is only 1.25m high and weighs about 175 kg. You can see how small it looks in the wide-angle picture below:

View of the harbour with the Little Mermaid sculpture on the right

The Little Mermaid sculpture is so swarmed with tourists from all over the world that it is quite impossible to take a full picture of just the sculpture alone (unless one crops the pic). Even after cropping out the numerous tourists trying to take a pic with the sculpture, it still looks like this:

Notice the hands on the bottom right of the pic? hehe

There is also a tri-car selling Little Mermaid souvenirs exclusively, but we din buy anything as I thought the fairy tale is too sad, I don’t wish to keep a souvenir of it! 😛

Exclusive tri-car for Little Mermaid!


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