In Godzilla II: King of the Monsters, it’s revealed that Godzilla isn’t the only gigantic prehistoric monster on our planet – plenty of others exist. Of course, if you watched 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, you’d already have learnt that lots of Lovecraftian giants roam Earth (like Skullcrawlers and King Kong himself).

So it should be no surprise that gargantuan lepidopterans like Mothra lurk in the deepest recesses of our planet, or that the three-headed dragon King Ghidorah and fiery Rodan slumber in inaccessible corners of our planet. In fact, there are so many of these super species around on Earth that they’ve even given a name for these sleeping giants in Godzilla II: King of the Monsters – Titans. It’s an apt name, considering that these creatures are powerful, legendary, and statuesque (just like the Titans of Greek mythology).

But if there are concealed Titans all over our planet, could any be hiding in Singapore? We say yes. We say that they may actually be hiding in plain sight. We combed Singapore’s history and architecture and discovered several suspicious legends and structures that may very well be Titans in disguise. Here are several huge… things that could very well be slumbering Titans in Singapore.

 

1. Kusu Island

Kusu Island turtles. Credit: Singapore Island Cruise

Kusu Island turtles. Credit: Singapore Island Cruise

Kusu means “tortoise” in Hokkien, so Kusu Island actually means “Turtle Island”. Legend has it that two sailors were once shipwrecked off the coast of Singapore – a Malay sailor and a Chinese sailor (showing us that our multicultural roots go back a long way). A magical tortoise spotted the hapless pair and turned itself into an island to save them.

You might think that an island that’s actually a magical tortoise can’t be all that large, but Kusu Island is big enough to contain two temples and three kramats (holy shrines to Malay saints). So the magical tortoise is pretty huge.

An ancient tortoise that sounds big enough to be a bona fide Titan. We think that Kusu Island may actually be a hibernating Titan, and we’re calling it now – that Titan’s going to be called Kusu.

If Warner Bros Pictures would like to commission us to produce a Godzilla vs Kusu movie, we can be contacted by the email address in our contact page.

 

2. The Esplanade

The Esplanade looks like a giant housefly. Credit: National Geographic

The Esplanade looks like a giant housefly. Credit: National Geographic

If you’ve ever seen aerial views of the Esplanade, then you’ll know all the jokes about it. The Esplanade looks like a giant durian. The Esplanade looks like a giant housefly. The Esplanade looks like a giant soursop. Fortunately, the Esplanade’s management has managed to laugh off all these comments and even affectionally acknowledged its “durian” nickname.

But it really does look like a giant housefly. I mean, look at those wings. And the surface of the Esplanade looks horribly like the compound eyes of a housefly. Plus, we know that insectoid Titans exist, like Mothra. So it’s not too big of a stretch to imagine that the Esplanade could actually be a giant housefly Titan.

We’d name the Musca domestica, Muthra, to be in line with Mothra.

 

3. Merlion (Sentosa)

The Merlion. Credit: Trek Earth

The Merlion. Credit: Trek Earth

In any discussion about mythical monsters in Singapore, the Merlion is bound to come up. It’s one of the most unfeasible monsters around, after all, and it’s virtually our national mascot. However, it’s far too small to be a Titan, right? It’s a lion-fish hybrid. In “life sized” statues of the Merlion, it’s always depicted as being approximately lion-sized.

Except on Sentosa.

Have you ever seen the white Merlion statue in Sentosa? It’s a humongous structure that towers over everything else. There’s no actual reason for the Merlion to be that large (it’s kind of difficult to take a selfie with), unless… that isn’t a statue at all. That Merlion could actually just be a sleeping Titan. A Titan that has slept for so long that it’s been encrusted with a layer of what looks like rock.

If you look at other Titans, which seem to be amalgamations of different real-life creatures, it makes sense that the Merlion could be a Titan. It may look silly to us, but that lion-fish giant could be capable of breathing deadly radioactive blasts, just like Godzilla.

 

4. The Dragon Playgrounds

Toa Payoh's dragon playground. Credit: Today Online

Toa Payoh’s dragon playground. Credit: Today Online

Head down to the birthplace of the first train station in Singapore and you’ll discover that it still contains playgrounds built with a dragon aesthetic to them. The dragon playgrounds of Toa Payoh are very Instagrammable places in Singapore, and also hearken back to Singapore’s earlier days, when most of our playgrounds used sand and had dragons.

But what was the inspiration for those dragon playgrounds? Dragons don’t even factor that much into Singapore’s mythology, so it’s strange that we would have an entire generation of children growing up with the idea that it’s perfectly normal to find dragons in playgrounds.

We think that the dragon playgrounds are actually baby Titans – baby Titans that will grow up into dragons like King Ghidorah.

It’s a bit like Magikarp and Gyarados, if you think about it.

 

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Let’s hope that none of those Titans ever awaken, because Singapore would definitely be decimated by just one of them. In Godzilla II: King of the Monsters, we see just how deadly the Titans can be when they are awakened. Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan and many other horrors are revealed to the planet when they are roused from their slumber – dethroning humans as the dominant species on the planet. Unfortunately, devious forces are at work (both humans and monsters) to capitalise on this opportunity for world dominance.

The world’s only hope lies in Godzilla.

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

For kaiju fans (and those who love watching carnage and havoc on the big screen), the best way to enjoy the monstrous spectacle is with a Gold Class Dining Set: Godzilla II: King of the Monsters. Not only do you get to watch cities being mangled in comfort, you also get Kampong Fried Rice with Fish Fillet (includes a sunny side up egg!) or Crispy Chicken (includes French fries and a garden salad). Chomp down on your meal as you watch Godzilla and the other Titans chomp down on buildings. Wash everything down with a Coke Zero, and behold the crowning of the King of the Monsters.

 

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Credits: Singapore Island CruiseNational GeographicTrek Earth, Today Online, Golden Village Cinemas

 

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