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Merlion (Dsc03338enh)

Merlion (Dsc03338enh)

In 1964, Fraser Brunner, the curator of the now-defunct Van Kleef Aquarium, was commissioned to design an emblem for the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board. He created the Merlion, a creature with a lion head and a fish body resting on a crest of waves. The lion head symbolises the discovery of Singapura ("lion city" in Sanskrit, dating from 11th century AD) as depicted in the Malay annals. The fish tail symbolises the ancient city of Temasek (Singapore's present location) destroyed in 4th century AD and represents Singapore's beginnings as a small fishing village. The Merlion statue weighs 70 tonnes and stands 8.6m high.

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