The Lion Head is an easily recognisable national symbol of Singapore that is less formal than other symbols, such as the national flag. It is used freely across the country to promote national identity.
According to the 13th century Malay Annals, Sang Nila Utama, the ruler of Palembang, was shipwrecked and washed ashore to an island. There, he saw a creature which he believed was a lion. So he named the island "Singa Pura" (which means "Lion City"), from which the name Singapore was derived. The lion and “Lion City” have become informal references to the country.
The Lion Head symbolises courage, strength and excellence, as well as resilience in the face of challenges. It is in solid red against a white background - the colours of the National Flag. Its mane's five partings represent the same five ideals that are embodied in the five stars of the National Flag, namely democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality. Its tenacious mien symbolises resolve to face and overcome any challenges.
Guidelines on the use of the Lion Head symbol
- An individual, organisation or company can use the Lion Head symbol for purposes of identifying with the nation.
- While Singapore companies may use the Lion Head symbol as a means of identifying themselves with Singapore, it should not be assumed or taken to indicate any kind of official endorsement of the companies' products.
- The Lion Head symbol should be used in good taste. Its design should not be modified in any way nor have any words or graphics superimposed over it. However, it may be depicted in outline form, be embossed, or portrayed as a watermark.
For enquiries on use of the Lion Head symbol, please contact:
Education and Outreach Division
National Heritage Board
Fax: 6332 3525
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