Merlion

“Knowledge is power.”

My brother recently brought back a souvenir from Singapore which features the merlion. This mythical creature has the head of a lion and the body of a fish. It’s the icon of the country.

merlion

Designed in 1964, the fish symbolizes Singapore’s fishing origins, since it’s located on the water. The lion’s head, of course, resonates with power. The merlion name was actually trademarked by the Singapore Tourism Promotion Board in 1966.

There are several merlion statues around Singapore, one of the most famous located at Merlion Park. Its skin and eyes are actually made from porcelain.  The statue faces east for feng shui reasons, since orienting in that direction brings in good energy.

Fun fact: “Singapura” in Sanskrit means Lion City.

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Comments

  1. Wow, those orchids look like they were embedded into the glass. Is this the bottom of a vase? I can’t tell from the photo.

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