Amazon Quiz (September 15, 2021): Which city is this figure the mascot of?
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The answer is: Singapore
The Merlion is Singapore's official mascot. It is seen as a mythical creature that has the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The statue is a prominent symbolic nature to Singapore and Singaporeans in general. It is widely used to represent both the city-state and its people in different aspects as a national personification.
The Merlion was first used as the logo for the tourism board. The name is divided into two portions - "mer" that means the sea and "lion". The body of the fish represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village.
Singapore's fishing village was called Temasek that means "sea town" in Javanese.
The lion's head represents Singapore's original name—Singapura—meaning "lion city" or "kota singa".
The symbol was designed by Alec Fraser-Brunner. He was a member of the Souvenir Committee and curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium. The symbol has been in use from 26 March 1964 to 1997. It got its trademark on 20 July 1966. Despite the STB changing its logo in 1997, the STB Act continues to protect the Merlion symbol.
The statue was officially installed on 15 September 1972 by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.