The Merlion

Senin, November 17, 2008
Singapore in ancient times was known as “Temesek”, a Javanese word foe sea. It was known, as it is today, a busy trading centre. Temesek was destroyed at the end of the 4th century. According to the “Malay Annals”, the island was rediscovered in the 11th century by Sang Nila Utama, prince of the Sri Vijaya empire. Upon his landing, he saw a strange beast which he later learnt was a lion. He immediately named the island as “Singapura”, which in Sankrit means Lion (Singa) City (Pura). The Merlion symbolizes, in its fish body, the ancient city of Temasek, and its lion head, the legend of its discovery.

Disadur dari: tulisan di belakang cenderamata gantungan HP dari Bu Jenny, Singapore.

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