How Singapore Got Its Name | The Legend of Sang Nila Utama

By Loy Huichien

Little LEGO brickfilm which was made to commemorate Singapore’s 48th National Day.

The Prince of Palembang Sang Nila Utama embarks on a dangerous sea journey to fulfil his destiny. Caught in a fierce storm, he throws his crown overboard to appease the Lord of the Sea. After weathering the storm, his ship lands on the island of Temasek. He encounters a magnificent and exotic animal – the “Singa” or Lion. Inspired by the beast, the Prince decides to stay on the island and build a new Kingdom, known as “Singapura”, or Lion City. Singapore eventually becomes a great cosmopolitan trading port in Asia.


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