Merlion is the icon of Singapore’s Tourism Industry. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world have taken snapshots of the Merlion when they visit Singapore. The most frequently asked question – Does the famous Merlion really exist? The truth is that the half-man and half-fish creature is actually half fact and half legend. The lion head originates in the tale of how Sumatran prince, Sang Nila Utama named the island Singapore – Malay for “Lion City” after spotting a lion on his first visit here. The torso pays homage to Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village. The Merlion has since came to represent Singapore.