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The most well-known symbol of Singapore is the Merlion, a half-lion and half-fish creature from a Singaporean legend

The most well-known symbol of Singapore is the Merlion, a half-lion and half-fish creature from a Singaporean legend

© RIA Novosti . Mikhail TsyganovThe most well-known symbol of Singapore is the Merlion, a half-lion and half-fish creature from a Singaporean legend. The country, island and city of Singapore are all named in honor of the lion: "Singa" means lion and "pura" city.
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The most well-known symbol of Singapore is the Merlion, a half-lion and half-fish creature from a Singaporean legend. The country, island and city of Singapore are all named in honor of the lion: "Singa" means lion and "pura" city.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail TsyganovThe most famous Merlion, which is 8.6 meters tall, weighs 70 metric tons, and is visited by more than one million tourists every year, now stands at the mouth of the three-kilometer Singapore River. It is flanked by its smaller counterpart, which is only two meters high.
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The most famous Merlion, which is 8.6 meters tall, weighs 70 metric tons, and is visited by more than one million tourists every year, now stands at the mouth of the three-kilometer Singapore River. It is flanked by its smaller counterpart, which is only two meters high.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail TsyganovThe Fullerton Hotel, which was specially built in 1928 as a symbol of Singapore, is located nearby. The hotel stands on the site of Fort Fullerton, which was first constructed in the 1820s.
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The Fullerton Hotel, which was specially built in 1928 as a symbol of Singapore, is located nearby. The hotel stands on the site of Fort Fullerton, which was first constructed in the 1820s.
© RIA Novosti . Alexey KudenkoSir Stamford Raffles transformed Singapore from a humble fishing village into a bustling “free port” in the early 19th century. As the founder of modern Singapore, he is another symbol of the city-state.
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Sir Stamford Raffles transformed Singapore from a humble fishing village into a bustling “free port” in the early 19th century. As the founder of modern Singapore, he is another symbol of the city-state.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail TsyganovSingapore’s Chinatown. Immigrants from China make up more than 75% of the population of the island state.
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Singapore’s Chinatown. Immigrants from China make up more than 75% of the population of the island state.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail TsyganovThere is no shortage of Buddhist temples in Chinatown, such as the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, which is housed in a gold stupa weighing 420 kilograms.
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There is no shortage of Buddhist temples in Chinatown, such as the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, which is housed in a gold stupa weighing 420 kilograms.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail TsyganovSri Mariamman, the oldest Hindu temple in the country, is also located in Chinatown, only 200 meters from the Buddha Temple.
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Sri Mariamman, the oldest Hindu temple in the country, is also located in Chinatown, only 200 meters from the Buddha Temple.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail TsyganovOne of the oldest mosques on the island is located nearby.
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One of the oldest mosques on the island is located nearby.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail TsyganovThis Armenian church was built in 1835, making it the oldest church in Singapore.
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This Armenian church was built in 1835, making it the oldest church in Singapore.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail TsyganovA Russian Orthodox church opened its doors recently.
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A Russian Orthodox church opened its doors recently.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail TsyganovFor some, the symbol of Singapore is the recently opened Singapore Flyer, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.
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For some, the symbol of Singapore is the recently opened Singapore Flyer, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail TsyganovAnother symbol of Singapore is the Istana (which means “palace”), the workplace of the president and prime minister of the island state, and the location of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s recent interview with RIA Novosti. Taking photographs of the Istana is prohibited, and the photographers were allowed to take pictures only of the prime minister. So a shot of the entrance to the Istana on Orchard Road will have to suffice.
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Another symbol of Singapore is the Istana (which means “palace”), the workplace of the president and prime minister of the island state, and the location of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s recent interview with RIA Novosti. Taking photographs of the Istana is prohibited, and the photographers were allowed to take pictures only of the prime minister. So a shot of the entrance to the Istana on Orchard Road will have to suffice.
© RIA Novosti . Mikhail TsyganovSingapore is also famous for its golden orchids, which are real flowers coated in an extra-fine layer of gold.
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Singapore is also famous for its golden orchids, which are real flowers coated in an extra-fine layer of gold.
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