The Merlion in Singapore is as iconic to it as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The half mermaid half lion creature is a well recognised symbol of the tiny island country. The lion head apparently referring to the lion spotted by Prince Sang Nila Utama when he re-discovered Singapura in 11 AD and the fish tail to the original name of Singapore “Temasek” when it was just a humble fishing village.
There are 5 of these merlions located around the city. This one, located at Merlion park at Marina Bay is the original one standing tall at 8.6 metres high. Also seen in the picture is the Marina Bay sands Hotel & Casino, quickly gaining popularity as an iconic image for Singapore.