In the 13th-century Malay Annals, Sang Nila Utama, a prince from Palembang, was shipwrecked and washed ashore on an island. There he saw a creature which he believed was a lion. So he named the island 'Singa Pura' (in Tamil language 'Singa puram') which means 'Lion City' in Malay, from which the name Singapore was derived.
In 1986, Singapore introduced the lion head symbol as an alternative national symbol of Singapore.
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