New stamp issue to feature two of nation's myths and legends

New stamp issue to feature two of nation's myths and legends
It will feature the legend of Sang Nila Utama, a prince from Palembang who, as the story goes, discovered the island of Singapore (known then as Temasek) while out on a hunting trip. According to the legend, the prince spotted what he thought was a lion, and named the island Singapura - Lion City in Sanskrit.

SINGAPORE - A new stamp issue featuring two popular legends of Singapore will be released on Oct 3. 

Entitled Singapore's Myths and Legends, this stamp issue features the legend of Bukit Merah and how Singapore got its name.

The legend of Redhill, or Bukit Merah, is illustrated in a set of four stamps. The story tells of how a boy saved his village from attacks by dangerous swordfish, only to be murdered by a jealous king.

As the story goes, the blood of the boy spilled out and soaked the hill, turning it red. This hill later came to be known as Redhill, and remains as a memorial to the boy for saving the village.

The next set of four stamps illustrates how Singapore got its name. A very long time ago, Sang Nila Utama, a Prince from Palembang, embarked on a hunting trip and discovered an island he had never seen before. After learning from his men that the island was called Temasek, the prince decided to visit the island.

After landing on Temasek, the prince saw a magnificent lion and decided to name the island Singapura, or Lion City. Singa in Sanskrit means "lion," and pura means "city".

The set of eight stamps will be priced at $6.16. Two sets of pre-cancelled First Day Covers will cost $7.80, while a presentation pack will cost $8.20.

They will be available for purchase at all post offices, the Singapore Philatelic Museum and online at www.stampdelight.com.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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