In this post, I am also very excited to share about the ten legends we have in Singapore which I hope it would be retold to our next generations so that this folklores get past on.
We have 10 stories to be retold to our next generation… The story of Sang Nila Utama, Sisters’ Island, Bukit Timah, Redhill and many more. Who said we’ve got no history? Here’s a couple of stories I would like to share with you.
(1) Sang Nila Utama
Sang Nila Utama is the ruler of the Sri Vijaya empire in Palembang, Sumatra. As he was in search for a new territory, he discovered Temasek island. During his voyage, he encountered a storm that threatened to sink his ship. To save his crew, he threw his crown into the sea and this cease the impending storm. When he reach Temasek, he chanced upon a creature which looks like a lion and thus named this island Singapure which means ‘lion city’ in sanskrit.
(2) Sister’s Island
There were 2 beautiful sisters called Minah and Linah. While fetching water from a well, Linah met a band of pirates and the pirate chief fell in love with her beauty so he decided to marry her. The next day, the pirates returned and took Linah away. Minah swam after the boat but drowned so Linah jumped into the water after her in sorrow. The following say, two islands formed where the sisters had drowned and so ‘Sister’s Island’ was named.
The pure white orchids are called Ta Chung Green Jade as it is tinged with a light green tone over the throat, lip and lateral sepals of the flower.
This is a Merlion sculpture designed by Lynette Wu, a game artist at the School of Interactive and Digital Media at Nanyang Polytechnic. Unlike our usual Merlion, her version of the Merlion has the grandeur and majestic aura of Poseidon which aptly reflects the upright and powerful stance of Singapore.
If you want to view the original Merlion statue which stands at 8.6 metres tall and weighing 70 tonnes, you can visit the Merlion Park.This iconic figure was designed by Fraser Brunner in 1964.
Local senior citizens (60 years and above) enjoy free admission to both Conservatories when they visit anytime between now and 31 August 2015. One accompanying caregiver can enjoy 50% off the ticket to both conservatories as well.
For tourists, one child enjoys free admission with every two adult standard double conservatories tickets purchased when they visit anytime between now and 31 December 2015. Guests have to print out the offer from Singapore Tourism Board’s Golden Jubilee page in order to enjoy the promotion.