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TRAIL ONE: The Waterfront Trail


Of Stilts and Cheroots

The Pride of Kallang

The Grand Old Dame
(Source: Singapore Sports Hub)

6. The Pride of Kallang

In the 1950s, the Merdeka Lions were an important part of Kallang's heritage. They stood guard at both ends of the Merdeka Bridge and symbolised the people's desire to be independent. Fortunately, these marvellous icons of Kallang are back here for everyone to admire once again.

You may refer to pages 12-13, 42, 59-60, 77-78, 85 of the Guide Book for more information.


(Source: Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore)
The lions you see before you are replicas of the originals that had been installed at both ends of the Merdeka Bridge in 1956. The naming of the bridge - Merdeka (Malay for "independence") and the installation of the lions symbolised the people's desire to be independent. Fast forward to 2019, Singapore proudly celebrates our 54th year as an independent country, and our 200th year since Sir Stamford Raffles' arrival.
(Source: Singapore History Consultants Pte Ltd)
There is a wider shot of the original Merdeka Lions at their current location. They stand guard at the base of the 17-storey observatory tower at SAFTI Military Institute.



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A Stage for Sports Tanjong Rhu and Pulau Geylang Making a Splash Where Three Rivers Meet & Kallang, All Rise Of Stilts and Cheroots The Pride of Kallang The Grand Old Dame Birth of the Kallang Roar The City of Fire Prepare for Take-Off Bridging the Merdeka Dream When Kallang was Gay Courting Glory A Park for the People The Home of Sporting Singapore From Runway to Subway Showtime in Kallang See This Stadium Soar

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