The Merlion (Malay: Singa-Laut) is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot 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 calledTemasek, 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. 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 appears frequently on STB-approved souvenirs.
An image from my archives. Singapore, January 2008.
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EG Wow, Canada
May 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm
Merlions are new to me!
May 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm
A terrific night shot.
May 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm
Great photo. The Merlions are very beautiful and looks rather big to!
May 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm
Lovely night shot. Happy to learn about Merlions!
May 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm
This is the second time I have seen a post about the merlion, and both times I have thought about Merlin, the wizard in the King Arthur stories! But I was corrected as I read…
It’s an interesting symbol! I like this shot, the water from its mouth and the lighting work very well.
May 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm
A fabulous photo!
Kay, Alberta, Canada
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May 18, 2011 at 1:03 am
Cool shot! The most popular landmark of Singapore, thanks for the information, I learned something today.
May 18, 2011 at 1:39 am
Thanks for the information about the merlion. Your photo is stunning.
May 18, 2011 at 2:57 am
Superb night shot, I have seen it only during the day.
May 18, 2011 at 3:42 am
Fantastic night shot! Very interesting history of the Merlion. Thank you for your comments!
May 18, 2011 at 4:23 am
I love the way you captured the light on this, a wonderful shot.
May 18, 2011 at 5:10 am
almost all my friends have been to Singapore…i haven’t.:p but it’s in my bucket list, after Vietnam, Cambodia, India. *LOL*
May 18, 2011 at 11:18 am
Oh I want one somewhere in our town by the bay too! Fascinating and beautiful too.
Have a grand day!
May 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm
I really love this shot! A very cute water “spitting” image!
ann new zealand
May 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm
I lived in Singapore for 16 years and told this styory many many times to overseas visitors.
May 19, 2011 at 4:50 am
That’s cool! Your night shots are great…especially the signs from Las Vegas.
May 22, 2011 at 8:37 am
when icifrst saw the merlion, my first thought that it was smaller than i expected. but i really enjoyed the merlion park and the area. 🙂