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Haw Par Villa, Singapore
(3.7/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Watch Chinese mythology and folklore come to life in the more than 1,000 colorful statues and tableaux that decorate Haw Par Villa. This fascinating park is known for its legends of Confucianism and gruesome depictions of the 10 Courts of Hell. Follow the tales of Journey to the West or Madame White Snake as you tour this colorful park. The park was opened in 1937 by the two brothers that created Tiger Balm. Though the park formerly operated on a grander scale, the brothers abandoned it during World War II. Since it's been brought back to life, it continues to be a popular school field trip destination, however some images are quite gruesome and viewer discretion is advised. A visit to Haw Par Villa represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Singapore vacation builder to plot your vacation.
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  • This is an interesting place to visit in Singapore. It was developed by the brothers who developed Tiger Balm. It depicts different dimensions of Chinese mythology and the consequences of leading a go...  more »
  • We visited this attraction after reading good reviews. It was very interesting and a bit quirky but a great free fun activity. It's right next to the Haw Par Villa MRT which is very convenient. There ...  more »
  • Thousands of ancient Chinese legend and story, told with very colorful characters. Often with human bodies od animal heads or vice versa. Might look to it from Star Wars inspired
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  • A friend told us about this place and we thought that it was worth a visit. Wow.....they were right. Full of history and lots of weird and wonderful statues / scenes. If you go to where the lady and her husband sell snacks, there are lots of information boards for you to have a read of. It gives you a breakdown of how Tiger Balm was invented. Definitely worth a visit and it is free. There is quite a bit of renovation works being carried out, so you cannot visit all areas. But once l works are competed it will be even better!!
  • Dating back to 1937, this is certainly not a glitzy park..but instead one that serves to pass down traditional folklore and mythology. Known for their interesting sculptures, it will be a better experience for tourists once it has undergone its massive overhaul to restore it back to its former glory!
  • Ever seen the Hell panel of Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights and go: If only I can visit such a place without, you know, going over to the other side. Now you can. Here. The Oriental "Garden of Earthly Delights". This is an authentic slice of Singapore that's not shoved down your throats by the Singapore Tourism Board. Heck, they probably don't want you see it too. But now you can, and you can stick it to them. This was, once, an theme park that, to my surprise, has had, in recent years, received regular maintenance, restoration works and new coats of paint, by the makers of Tiger Balm, the soothing ointment that "Works Where It Hurts!", most assuredly not made from any part of the tiger, featured prominently on Yorgos Lanthimos' 2015 absurdist surrealist comedy, THE LOBSTER. Now it's open to public and on the Saturday I was there, thronged with Japanese tourists: back when I was a kid, my parents had to pay to scare the beejeezus out of me into being a good person. Not unlike Bosch's moralizing sermons masquerading as paintings. Now I come here on an annual basis to appreciate it in a different way. Each diorama come equipped with "explanation pedestals" in English, Malay, Mandarin and Japanese so that you'll keep calm and not freak out. The Tourism Board's ad slogan to attract tourism is "Uniquely Singapore!". Had they believed in it, or have a clue what those two words together actually meant, they would have featured the glorious Haw Par Villa, instead of the befuddling reverse bungee or fugly casino surfboard ad nauseam in their campaigns. This is selfie central and You'll be taking tons of pics here; You'll break out in giggles; You'll be left flabbergasted— but you'll not likely to forget Haw Par Villa once you'd experienced it. So save the heels, dess light, and come in the evenings to beat the heat. As a Singaporean proud to share with you his authentic heritage, this would be my number one destination I wholeheartedly suggest you to visit in this "bland modern city". And it's FREE.
  • probably the most unique place in Singapore! best part is.. it's free :D good for learning about Chinese folklore and also about the Haw brothers. oh and the gates of hell is the most memorable (traumatizing) place lol. great place, highly recommended but do bring umbrellas/fans as it can get quite unbearable in the heat. you can find toilets and water dispensers at one of the pavilions. fyi there's a trishaw vendor selling drinks and such in front of the attraction... at exorbitant prices.
  • Kind of creepy, kind of funny. I'm not sure what you do at this place, but it is truly weird to walk around this place - and I love the avant-gardeness of this place. Definitely worth at least one visit