Thursday, January 25, 2007

merlion singapore

The Merlion, the famous icon of Singapore today,
was designed by Fraser Brunner, a curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium.
Originally, in 1964, this merlion served as an emblem for
the Singapore Tourist Board
-- the lion head with a fish body resting on a crest of waves.
The lion head represents the lion spotted by
Prince Sang Nila Utama
when he re-discovered Singapura
(in Sanskrit: 'singa' means 'lion' and 'pura' means 'city') in 11 AD.
The tail of a fish resting on a crest of waves
represents Singapore's humble beginning as a fishing village.
Singapore was founded by
Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 which became colonial rule
until [1963*] 1965 where the island became an independent nation.

1 comment:

Mimi Lenox said...

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