Singapore's Merlion

Dan Shiels

Winnipeg, Canada

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The Merlion, Singapore’s tourism symbol, is half fish, half lion and was first designed in 1964. The lion head represents the lion spotted by Prince Sang Nila Utama when he re-discovered Singapura in 11 AD. The fish tail 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).

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