Monday, March 23, 2009
This Postcard travelled ??Kms to Czech Republic. This is a private swap. At the time of posting, the Merlion has just been restored to public display after being repaired from a lighting strike. The lighting strike left a gaping hole on the top of the Merlion.
The Merlion is an imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body comes from Singapore's ancient name back when it was a fishing village — Temesak — meaning "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name — Singapura — meaning "lion city" in Malay.