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Singapore’s national icon, the Merlion, is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The body represents the island’s humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek which translates to ‘sea town’ in Old Javanese. Its head is inspired by Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or ‘lion city’ in Malay.
Trishaws were a common mode of transportation roughly a century ago in Singapore. First introduced as rickshaws where they were pulled, bicycles were later added to become three-wheeled trishaws. Trishaw riders were primarily Chinese immigrants who had worked as coolies or rickshaw pullers and had little skills. It is believed that they arrived in Singapore around the period of World War II. Today’s trishaw riders serve mainly tourists as a unique way of exploring the city.
The founder of modern Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, first set foot on the island in 1819. Realising its immense potential he negotiated a treaty with the local rulers that granted Britain the right to establish a trading post in Singapore. Although his objective was to open a trade route for the East India Company, the principles he laid down at its establishment played a key role in the development of modern Singapore. The landing site of Raffles is today marked with his statue by the Singapore River.
|Dimensions||30 x 34mm (The Mythical Merlion), 24 x 37mm (Pedal Powered Trishaws), 18 x 40mm (Sir Stamford Raffles)
|Material||Metal with Gold Plating, Back: Gold textured|