The Merlion is the symbol of the Southeast Asian metropolis of Singapore . The Merlion is a term coined word , made up of the words Mer maid ( Mermaid ) and lion composed (lion). He is a legendary figure and a mix of lion and fish and the patron saint of this city. The lion’s head, symbolizing strength and fearlessness, the fish’s body from the origin and affinity with the sea.
There is an interesting story behind this beautiful sculpture. It is said that Singapore was once founded by a Malay prince. At the first sight as soon as he entered the land, he saw a lion. The name of this country is traced to this beginning. To make it more elaborate, “Singa” means lion and “pura” means city in the Sanskrit language. The lion body speaks of bravery and the passion the Singapore people drive towards leaping forward at any rate. The Mer part of the Merlion signifying the fish and sea dates back to the age old beginnings of Singapore where seaports and close by villages had pursued fishing as a dominant way of culture. It also represents the hard work that the people of Singapore are always known for.
As the city developed, the people wanted to have a symbol that could portray their origin and their way of life. Certainly, the lion and fish seemed the best and paved way for the Merlion. Since then it has been one of the best attractions in the city. It has been the people’s choice for all the tourists visiting Singapore. They are speaking about the historic unison that the people of Singapore are known for. It is very huge and majestic that every travel agency has it a part of their itinerary.
The figure of the Merlion was developed in 1964 by Fraser Brunner commissioned by the Tourism Commission of Singapore as a logo for the city and plays on the legend the city was founded on. The original statue now stands at the mouth of Singapore River , a 37 m high, walk-in replica of one of the attractions on the leisure island Sentosa . On 28 February 2009 the original statue was damaged by lightning at about 4:30 clock in the morning on the head, and by falling parts at the base. The repair work began immediately and have now been complete