Through the eyes of the Merlion: ST looks at its ‘life’ and place in pop culture

The Merlion is Singapore's first tourism symbol and most cherished icon. The image of a water-spouting hybrid lion-fish riding a crest of waves is imbued in the minds of many Singaporeans. Today, it stands sentinel overlooking Marina Reservoir and the vista beyond, a witness to Singapore's progress from a developing post-independent city-state to a thriving global city. The Straits Times looks at the ''life and times'' of the mythical beast and its place in pop culture.

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