Merlion in Singapore

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The Merlion is the official mascot of Singapore, depicted as a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Being of prominent symbolic nature to Singapore and Singaporeans in general, it is widely used to represent both the city state and its people in sports teams, advertising, branding, tourism and as a national personification.

The Merlion was first used in Singapore as the logo for the tourism board. Its name combines “mer“, meaning the sea, and “lion“. The fish body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means “sea town” in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore’s original name—Singapura—meaning “lion city” or “kota singa”.

The symbol was designed by Alec Fraser-Brunner, a member of the Souvenir Committee and curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, for the logo of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in use from 26 March, 1964 to 1997 and has been its trademarked symbol since 20 July 1966. Although the STB changed their logo in 1997, the STB Act continues to protect the Merlion symbol. Approval must be received from STB before it can be used. The Merlion frequently appears on STB-approved souvenirs.

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Within Singapore, there are six Merlion statues in Singapore which are approved by the STB.

  • The 8.6-metre-tall original statue at Merlion Park.
  • The smaller two-metre-tall statue standing behind the original statue weighed 3 ton and was commonly referred to as the “Merlion cub”. It was inlaid with Chinese porcelain plates and bowls as part of its design.
  • The three-metre-tall glazed polymarble statue at Tourism Court (near Grange Road) completed in 1995
  • The three-metre-tall polymarble statue placed on Mount Faber‘s Faber Point
  • A pair of Merlion statues were constructed by the Ang Mo Kio Residential Committee in 1999. Those sitting at the entrance of the car park along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1.

One of the previously approved statues, a 37-metre-tall gigantic replica at Sentosa, with Mouth Gallery Viewing Deck on the ninth storey, another viewing gallery on its head and Sentosa Merlion Shop, and capable of shining laser beams from its eyes, was closed on 20 October 2019. The area around the statue would be replaced by a S$90 million Sentosa Sensoryscape project targeted to be completed by 2022.

The statues can also be found outside of Singapore in various countries, namely Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand.

Read more on VisitSingapore.com – Merlion Park and Wikipedia Merlion (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.






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