Merlion – Part Lion Part Fish

photo by bookjunkie

photo by bookjunkie

The Merlion is part fish and part lion and a symbol of Singapore. Singapore means lion city in Tamil and Malay and our country has always been associated with the lion. This information I have known since I was a child. In our school books we were constantly reminded that being a port of call is our main means of survival, having absolutely no natural resources of our own.

I didn’t know this before I researched it today, but the merlion was designed in 1964 by Fraser Brunner for our tourist promotion board. It was then built by sculptor Lim Nang Seng using cement and porcelain. This blogging hobby is sure making me learn quite a bit about my own country.

I think the waterfront is beautiful. Especially with the light reflecting off the brilliant sunlight. The majestic sculpture boarded by the beautiful Fullerton hotel and skyscrapers faces the new Marina Sands Bay. When I was there several tourists were taking photos with the Merlion and it reminded me of how I took photos in Paris at the Eiffel and with the Statue of Liberty at Ellis Island. It reminded me of how iconic this symbol is and I was taken in by the beauty of this urban watery landscape.

photo by bookjunkie

photo by bookjunkie

photo by bookjunkie

About bookjunkie

Blogging about life in Singapore & recently cancer too.
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3 Responses to Merlion – Part Lion Part Fish

  1. Speechless….these are the coolest photos. (forgive my use of “coolest” – I couldn’t think of a better adjective!)

  2. bookjunkie says:

    Thanks LD…..that’s a big compliment!…..I love the word cool and I am guilty of using it a lot 🙂

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