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 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.