Singapore Island was earlier known as island at the end of peninsula, and city was known as water town. Most interesting story about the country is that when Sang Nila Utama, the ruler of Palembang (presently Indonesia) landed at this place, he first encountered with a lion look-like animal.
The Merlion this half-lion and half-fish creature resting on a crest of waves is the most enduring symbol of Singapore. While facing the east, the statue welcomes all the tourists visiting Singapore. Although Singapore has five official statues of the Merlion but the original one is located at Merlion Park.
Singapore a cosmopolitan society where people of different culture and communities live together with love and happiness. The island is quite rich in cultural diversity as people from different places have migrated and settled here. No doubt you find a unique mixture of different cultures mainly consisting of Chinese, European, Indian and Malay influences that interact easily among themselves.