I’ve been to this highly urbanized place — which according to our tour guide Meow has consistently expanded through land reclamation. Founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles, the place has a number of places named after him. It was only in 1965 when it became an independent nation and a republic, which it remains today.
This sovereign city-state has the Merlion as its symbol. The fish body represents the island country’s origin as a fishing village, and the lion head comes from its original name Singapura. Singapura means “lion city.”