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Untold facts about the most famous worldly souvenirs – re:Invent 2018


1. Merlion, Singapore

Merlion is one year older than Singapore; Work on the Merlion designed started in 1963 and was officially adopted as the logo for the then-Singapore Tourism Promotion Board in 1964. Singapore only became a nation in 1965, making the Merlion one year older than Singapore.

2. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

It is also known asPyramid of Khufu’ or ‘Pyramid of Cheops’. It is both the oldest and the only remaining ancient wonder of the world. It held the title for the worlds’ tallest man-made structure for an incredible and unparalleled 3871 years.

3. Eiffel Tower, Paris

Con artist Victor Lustig “sold” the Eiffel Tower to a scrap metal dealer.

There are over 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower around the world.

Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel Tower, was also behind the design for the Statue of Liberty’s spine

French car manufacturer Citroen used the tower as a giant billboard between 1925 and 1934 – the company name was emblazoned on the tower using a quarter of a million light bulbs – and was recorded as the world’s biggest advertisement by the Guinness Book of Records.

4. Laughing Buddha

One of the common beliefs about the Laughing Buddha is that many consider it as a statue of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. However, the truth is Laughing Buddha is believed to be related to ancient Buddhist Chinese monk who lived in an old cave for more than 1000 years ago. Laughing Buddha is known as ” Hotei” in Japan and Pu-Tai in China.

5. Statue of Liberty, United States of America

In 1944 the lights in the crown flashed “dot-dot-dot-dash” which in the Morse code means V, for Victory in Europe.

Although you cannot see Lady Liberty’s feet clearly she is, in fact, standing among a broken shackle and chains, with her right foot raised, depicting her moving forward away from oppression and slavery.

6. Taj Mahal, India

The Taj changes colours depending on the light. It is pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden when the moon shines.

7. Japanese Fan or Sensu or Ougi

Sensu or Ougi: the folding fans of Japan is a symbol of prosperity as it spreads out when we open it, similar to that of a blooming flower or the widening of wealth. As the fan starts from a single point and the wooden strips go out to various directions, they are considered to resemble the various paths leading us through life after the single point of birth.

8. Eye Amulet, Turkey

Often confused with the Evil eye, eye amulet is just exactly the opposite of what it is misbelieved for. The ocular amulet is actually the charm meant to ward off the true evil eye

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