Photographer's Note

The merlion (Simplified Chinese: 鱼尾狮) is a statue with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Its name comes from a portmanteau of mermaid and lion. The merlion was designed by Fraser Brunner for the Singapore Tourism Board in 1964 and was used as its logo up to 1997. The Merlion continues to be its trademark symbol. It also appears frequently in STB-approved souvenirs. The original Merlion statue stands at the opening of the Singapore River while a taller replica can be found on Sentosa Island.

According to the Singapore Tourism Board's publicity campaign, the lion head and fish body of the creature recalls the story of the legendary Sang Nila Utama, who saw a lion while hunting on an island, en route to Malacca. The island eventually became the sea port of Temasek, a precursor to Singapore.

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  • Copyright: FOO CHIT CHIN (zhiqin) (62)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-08-18
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/2 seconds
  • Details: Tripod: Yes
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-08-19 7:35
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