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Watery Wednesday #107: Merlion @ night

17 May

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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[1] 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.[2] Approval must be received from STB before it can be used. The Merlion appears frequently on STB-approved souvenirs.
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An image from my archives. Singapore, January 2008.

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17 Comments

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Watery Wednesday

 

17 responses to “Watery Wednesday #107: Merlion @ night

  1. EG Wow, Canada

    May 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Merlions are new to me!

     
  2. Karen

    May 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    A terrific night shot.

     
  3. fjällripan

    May 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Great photo. The Merlions are very beautiful and looks rather big to!

     
  4. Honey

    May 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Lovely night shot. Happy to learn about Merlions!

     
  5. Dimple

    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.

     
  6. Kay Davies

    May 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    A fabulous photo!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

     
  7. AL

    May 18, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Cool shot! The most popular landmark of Singapore, thanks for the information, I learned something today.

     
  8. seniorhiker

    May 18, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Thanks for the information about the merlion. Your photo is stunning.

     
  9. Indrani

    May 18, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Superb night shot, I have seen it only during the day.

     
  10. Stephany

    May 18, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Fantastic night shot! Very interesting history of the Merlion. Thank you for your comments!

     
  11. Martha Z

    May 18, 2011 at 4:23 am

    I love the way you captured the light on this, a wonderful shot.

     
  12. Luna Miranda

    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*

     
  13. Hootin' Anni

    May 18, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Oh I want one somewhere in our town by the bay too! Fascinating and beautiful too.

    Beach…catcus blossom

    Have a grand day!

     
  14. Ebie

    May 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I really love this shot! A very cute water “spitting” image!

     
  15. 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.

     
  16. Linnea

    May 19, 2011 at 4:50 am

    That’s cool! Your night shots are great…especially the signs from Las Vegas.

     
  17. KG

    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. 🙂

     

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