Singapore has always been associated with this one particular symbol, the MERLION.
The Merlion Malay: Singa-Laut; is an imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body comes from Singapore's ancient name back when it was a fishing village —Temasek — meaning "sea town" in Javanese . The lion head represents Singapore's original name —Singapura — meaning "lion city" or "kota singa" , symbol was designed by Mr Fraser Brunner, for the logo of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in use from 26 March 1964 to 1997. The Merlion continues to be its trademark symbol since 20 July 1966.
First built as an eight metre tall sculpture in 1972, the Merlion was located at the mouth of the Singapore River as a prominent icon to represent Singapore.
The Merlion statue measures 8.6 metres high and weighs 70 tonnes. It was built by the late Singapore craftsman, Mr Lim Nang Seng.
Anyone who's been to Singapore would not give this place a miss.
The Merlion has become the most photographed icon.
The bridge across the river, toward the Merlion Park.
There's another smaller Merlion just behind the big one.
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