"The Merlion" Singapore Things to Do Tip by 1W1V

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  The Merlion
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      The Merlion
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      Closer look at the Merlion
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Designed by Mr Fraser Brunner, a curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, the lion head represents the lion spotted by Prince Sang Nila Utama when he re-discovered Singapura in 11 AD, as recorded in the "Malay Annals". The fish tail of the Merlion symbolises the ancient city of Temasek (meaning “sea” in Javanese) by which Singapore was known before the Prince named it “Singapura” (meaning “lion” (singa) “city” (pura) in Sanskrit), and represents Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village.

The Merlion was first designed as an emblem for the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1964

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  • Written Sep 20, 2007
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