Haw Par Villa, Singapore
Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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 theme park has been around and opened since 1937. Its the 21st century now and the management of the theme park should seriously look into bringing this theme park into the 21st century instead o... read more »
Haw Par Villa is owned by the same owners of Tiger Balm. Entrance is free to all visitors. There is a wax museum exhibit and lots of activities available to visitors.
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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
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.
Such a weird place, it's good. I'm not sure if the run-down look is part of it, but it doesn't matter either way. Worth a visit before it completely rots away.
This is by far the most unique and weird thing in Singapore. Built in 1937, it's a series of gardens full of statues and dioramas depicting scenes and character from Chinese mythology. One of the areas is the Ten Courts of Hell, which features gruesome and violent scenes of Hell. You might want to avoid it if you're with kids, the rest of the park is not as violent (apart from the giant battle between rabbits). Part of the park is run down and the statues are not always of very good taste ans quality, but if you're into unusual things, you should definitely check it out. It's free, and getting there is very convenient as there's an MRT station nearby.
The park is very beaten down. But as an Scandinavian it was very different and interesting. There are all kinds of different sculpture of SEA folklore.
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