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From the Mouth of a Merlion

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-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 100

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photos taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own images with an up or down perspective.


Guess what, I’m bringing you some more Singapore photos this week!

This time it’s the famous merlion, a somewhat artificially manufactured symbol of Singapore.  The name combines “mer” meaning the sea,  representing Singapore’s origin as a fishing village; and “lion” representing Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or “lion city”.  Created by the Tourist Board, it has now become a recognised symbol of the city.

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I’m taking you to the large merlion on Sentosa Island.  This is an unusual example; for a fee, you can go inside and visit his head!  As you enter at the lower level, you are greeted with a few watery montages, reminiscent of Disney’s Little Mermaid.  You are then led into a small cinema to watch an animated film about a jolly but rather camp merlion – at this stage, you really will think you are at Disneyworld.

Film over, you are ushered into a lift for a ride to the top.  Head first up the steps to the merlion’s head, an open top head, in fact.

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From here you can take in the expansive views, with the aid of signs that helpfully point out the sites that you can’t see from up here!

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When you have finished with the views, head back down the short flight of stairs and check out the creature’s teeth.  You can walk right inside his mouth, and enjoy yet another view- just don’t bump your head on the canines.

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I should have warned you, once inside the mouth you will be harassed by an official photographer who wants you to pose like a growling lion.  If you ring this you may be lucky enough to avoid that fate.

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The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Can you believe it, it’s week 100! As always, a huge thank you to all who participated last week.  I had planned to do a collection of photos from the previous week’s as a celebration of this centenary, but that will have to wait for a quieter week.

All are welcome to join this challenge; do please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and click above to enter your link and view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will normally be open for one week. 

aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 6 August 2015

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