It only took me two years, but I finally went to see the Singaporean equivalent of the American Statue of Liberty.
This is Singapore's Merlion. It is has the body of a fish and the head of a lion. The head represents the original name of the country: Singapura, which means "Lion City". It is said that the founder of Singapore, Sang Nila Utama, gave the city its name after seeing a large beast resembling a lion. Today's experts will tell you that lions probably never inhabited Singapore and that the beast Utama saw was most likely a Malayan Tiger.
Eh. Can't win 'em all. It's a good story though.
The Merlion is a popular icon on all Singapore souvenirs and has become the international symbol of Singapore. The country actually has five different Merlions that are recognized by the Singapore Tourism Board.
This one is the most popular...I think.
Yep. We're going to go with that.
I've seen the most popular Merlion in Singapore. It's just one more thing I can check off the long list of things to do before we leave.
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