One magic starlit night, rose this mighty lion of the sea from the deep to the heights of Sentosa, where it casts a watchful benevolent gaze over Singapore.
Today, rock carved and touched by the wonders of technology stands Sentosa's great sea-lord, His Majesty The Merlion, emblazoned in it's brilliantly jewelled watery pathways.
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The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot of Singapore. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name — Singapura — meaning "lion city" or "kota singa".