17 August 2015

#949 Singapore

Marina Bay Sands is an Integrated Resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.

The Merlion (MalaySinga-Laut) is a traditional creature in western heraldry that depicts a creature with a lion's head and a body of a fish.

In Singapore, it has become a marketing icon used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore.

Merlions do not feature in any local folklore or myths of Singapore, and was only used in Singapore initially as the logo for the tourism board.

The merlion occurs in a number of different artistic traditions. Lions with fishtails can be found on Indian murals at Ajanta and Mathura, and on Etruscan coins of the Hellenistic period. Merlions, or ‘heraldic sea-lions’, are an established element of Western heraldry, and have been used on the coat of arms of the cities of Portsmouth and Great Yarmouth in the United Kingdom; the City of Manila; and the East India Company.

Thank you, Nathalie !

Sent on: August 11, 2015
Received on: August 17, 2015

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