{singapore} merlion?

October 13, 2015

If you walk by Merlion Park in downtown Singapore, you’ll notice a lot of people taking pictures of themselves and others with their mouths wide open. Why, you ask? Well, they’re trying to position themselves for a perfect Leaning Tower of Pisa-like photo, except that this photo isn’t with a leaning building, it’s with a half-fish, half-lion statue called the Merlion. This famous statue is Singapore’s national icon. This east-facing (for good luck) Merlion has a fish body because it symbolizes Singapore’s beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, meaning “sea town” in Old Javanese. It has a lion head because Singapore’s original name means “lion city” in Malay. Seeing that Singapore is such an amazing mix of cultures and religions anyway, this symbol makes a lot of sense to me.

Personally, I didn’t stand there with my mouth wide open trying to get the perfect selfie since I was traveling myself and hate asking strangers to take a picture for me. Nevertheless, I still think the Merlion is pretty awesome!

Read more about our Singapore adventure here: little india’s hindu temples little india’s buddhist templesdomed mosquefancy raffles hotelgiant fountain of wealth

A Singaporean merlion photo adventure:

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One Response to “{singapore} merlion?”

  1. annalice said

    hahaha thats so funny! you should have used a selfie stick!

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