Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Merlion of Singapore

Welcome to Sentosa Singapore


One magic starlit night, rose this mighty lion of the sea from the deep to the heights of Sentosa, where it casts a watchful benevolent gaze over Singapore.
Today, rock carved and touched by the wonders of technology stands Sentosa's great sea-lord, His Majesty The Merlion, emblazoned in it's brilliantly jewelled watery pathways.

This is postmarked in 2008 with a 'Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot' Singapore stamp for 55 cents.

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The Merlion 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 called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name — Singapura — meaning "lion city" or "kota singa".

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