Singapore: National Symbols                                 









Can you name the Singaporean symbol in the photos above?

What do you think the symbol stands for or means to Singaporeans?


Origin and Meaning

Before the 13th century, a Palembang prince was shipwrecked on an island where he thought he saw a lion. Palembang is a city in the south of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The prince named the island "Singa Pura" - "Lion City" or Singapore.

  • The lion, symbolizes courage, strength and excellence. The strength of the lion symbolizes the nation's single-minded resolve to face any challenge and overcome all obstacles.
  • It is solid red against a white background - the colors of the national flag.
  • Its mane is parted in five representing the five ideals: 1. democracy 2. peace 3. progress 4. justice 5. equality.


How do the ideals listed above compare to your ideals?

Do lions symbolize strength in your country? What other animals symbolize strength to you?