Henceforth, he promulgated that the island would be called Singapura or the Lion City.
Whether he actually saw a real lion or not has been the subject of debate ever since.
Nevertheless, the lion has become the symbol of this city.
I thought it would be interesting to see where in Singapore, this animal can still be found.
Here are some of the places or icons where the lion serves as a reminder that this is the Lion City.
(Click on the photo for larger detailed views)
|Bank of China, Battery Road.|
|The Cenotaph War Memorial, Esplanade Park|
|The Merlion, Marina Bay|
|Lim Bo Seng Memorial, Elizabeth walk|
|National Museum of Singapore|
|Singa the Courtesy Lion, Fort Canning|
|The State Crest|
|The State Mace|
|Replica of the Merdeka Lion, Bukit Batok East Police Centre|
|The former tomb of Tan Kim Ching at 13ms Changi Road.|
The 4 lion statues are now at the National Museum of Singapore.
(The 2 in the rear are elephants not lions)
|Lion statue from the former grave of Mr Tan Kim Ching, National Museum of Singapore.|
|Grave guardian lion statue at Bukit Brown Cemetery.|
(Grave of Mr & Mrs Tan Cheng Hoe, my grandparents)
|Former Bukit Timah Fire Station|
|Chinese Gardens, Jurong Town.|
|Armenian Street Restaurant Signboard|
|Armenien Street Shop Signboard|
|Singapore Fire Service helmet|
|Ngee Ann City|
|Tangs Department Store|
|Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry|
|Municipal City Emblem|
|The Legends Lion|
|St Mark's Lions, Sacred Heart Church|
|Wak Hai Cheng Bio, Philip Street|
|Ying Po Fu Kun Ancestral Temple|
|Chinese Weekly Entertainment Club|
|Teochew Building Lions|
I will add to this post as and when I find more lions in Singapore. Do return for more updates occasionally. There will be a photo essay of the lions found at Bukit Brown Cemetery following soon.
If you do know where lions can be found, please send me a comment.