Merlion Fountain was a symbol of Singapore Tourism Board since its inception as the STPB 1964. Statue Merlion fountain, and the background music was drawn from the logo of Singapore Tourism Board by Kwan Sai Kheong. Its name combines “mer” meaning the sea and “lion”. Fish body represents Singapore’s because as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means “big city” in Java. Cap lion represents Singapore original name Singapura meaning “Lion City” or “Kota Singa“. Local artist Lim Nang Seng carved and designed the statue, which was completed in August 1972. It was officially installed by LKY on September 15, 1972. A total expense of $165000 occurred at that time. The Merlion Fountain is situated near to the famous Marina Bay Sands.
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