Merlion Singapore Postcards

I received another pack of cards from Davis a few weeks ago. But this time around, they are tourist attractions of his resident country, Singapore.

The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. 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 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[1] and has been its trademarked symbol since 20 July 1966.

These five Merlions in Singapore are the only ones recognized by the Singapore Tourism Board:

1. The 8.6-metre-tall original statue at Merlion Park
2. The two-metre-tall cub statue standing behind the original statue
3. The 37-metre-tall gigantic replica — with Mouth Gallery Viewing Deck on the ninth storey, another viewing gallery on its head and The Merlion Shop — at Sentosa Island
4. The three-metre-tall glazed polymarble statue at Tourism Court (near Grange Road) completed in 1995
5. The three-metre-tall polymarble statue placed on Mount Faber’s Faber Point

In addition a recognized Merlion statue is found at the Merlion Restaurant in Cupertino in California, USA.


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