Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Melion

One of the features that you do not want to miss if you travel to Singapore is the statue of Merlion. Merlion is an imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Its name was created with the combination of "mer" and "lion" in which the "mer" carries a meaning of the sea. It is believed that the the fish body came from a fishing village of Temasek, a "sea town" according to Javanese language and the lion head represents the original name of Singapore, meaning of "lion city" or "kota singa" in Sanskrit and Malay languages.

This unique Merlion statue was used as a feature and depicted on the 2nd Series of Singaporean banknote - Ship Series. It is illustrated on the upper right corner of $5 reverse note.

The Merlion depicted ont the upper right corner of $5 Singapore note.

There are many statues of Merlion in Singapore. During my recent revisit to Singapore, I was able to snap the photos of two statues of Merlion located in Merlion park near the Singapore's Central Business District (CBD) and also located in Sentosa Island.

The Merlion statue at Merlion Park, Singapore

The Merlion statue at Sentosa Island, Singapore