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Must-Know Legends of Singapore

The name Singapore was actually a myth. It came from the name Singapura which means the City of Lion. The island was founded by King Sang Nila Utama – the king of Sumatra, Indonesia – during the 1297A.D.


Another myths and legends include the following:

1.       Redhill and Tanjong Pagar

The story here is about vengeance and envy. There was one time a fisherman came to the sea to get some fish. Unluckily, he was being attacked by a swordfish. Because he wanted to catch more fish, he decided to go to the Sultan and beg for help. But he hasn’t received any help. Because the Sultan didn’t want to help the fisherman, he put a barrier in the sea to catch many fish. However, the Sultan was very angry about the fisherman so he planned to kill him. He killed the fisherman in the sea that is why the blood spilled to the sea making the hill red in color.

2.       Radin Mas

The island Radin Mas is an island that is named to a Javanese princess. She was Princess Radin Mas Ayu (sweet golden princess in Javanese).


3.       Merlion

This is one of the most popular legends in Singpaore. The story of the Merlion flooded in the island of Singapore making many people to know about it. Once upon a time, people are praying for the common good. Suddenly, the answers came instantly. The people saw a creature but it is subsiding in the sea.

4.       Badang and the Singapore Stone

This is a story of a fisherman named Badang. Badang is always reaching out to God to be the world’s strongest person and it was answered. After it was granted, he fought with a man from Indian named Bijaya and he threw a rock in the Singapore river.


The Most Popular Legends in Singapore

Singapore is known for their many legends and myths. In fact, the country’s name was also a legend as it was got from the name Singapura or the Lion City.

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1. Singapura Myth

During the 1297A.D. Sang Nila Utama (king of Sumatra, Indonesia) first discovered Singapore. He found a beach with white sand on it and so e decided to go to the island. All of a sudden a lion came out and many believed that it is a very lucky symbol. After the appearance of the Lion, King Sang named the island as “Singapura”.

2.       Pulau Ubin

This is another famous legend in Singapore. Once upon a time, there was a pig, frog and elephant that decided to have a contest for who will be the first to reach Johor shores and the one who fail to reach the end will become a stone. Unluckily, no one survived the race, thus, they all became stones and turn into a beautiful island called the Island of Pulau Ubin.


3.       Sisters’ Islands

This is a story of the sisters namely Linah and Minah. They are sisters who are close to each other and love to go at the Southern coast of Singapore to search for the brothers who will marry them. However, a tragedy happened. Linah was caught by the pirates of the sea. Since Minah is so worried, she dived in the sea but Linah wasn’t there. After what happened to Minah, Linah was freed by the pirates and immediately dived in the water to find Minah. However, she also died. The next day, to island has seen in the sea that is believed that they are Linah and Minah.



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