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Haw Par Villa, Singapore

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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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  • The last time I visited was more than 40 years ago. It's worth a visit if one has not visited before. It was a wonderful place to get a glimpse and perspective of Chinese legends, folklore, myths, etc...  more »
  • This was once called the Tiger Balm gardens and I remember visiting it many years ago when it was very popular with both Singaporeans and a must see for visitors. Today the entry is free, there are vi...  more »
  • Park with beautiful statues. It is free and next door to MRT Station. Full of Mythology and folk fore statues. Must read the description with each statue  more »
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  • If you are interested in knowing the Chinese mythology you will probably like it. You will easily see the entire place in an hour's time. it also houses the ten chambers of hell depicting various punishments for different sins you have committed. It's hard not to notice that the Chinese belief system holds close resemblance to that held by the Hindus that your sufferings/ happiness in the next life depends on your doing in the current life. The re-birth and escape from it is all there. Some of the depictions are gory... Not a well maintained place sadly
  • Free entrance. It is quite different place compared to other parks and places in Singapore. Must visit if you come nearby. Can see many interesting art works and should put more efforts on preserving these.
  • This place is legendary. A must go place in Singapore. But make sure you are at your best condition and dont go at night. Many claimed to observe supernatural phenomenons.
  • Haw Par Villa also known as Tiger Balm Gardens. It portraits the “Ten Stages of Hell” from the Chinese mythology. There are more statues of sumo wrestlers, the chinese zodiac animals, mythological beasts and dragons. It also have a small Pagoda in the center and a turtle pond. Entry free.
  • Really nice place to look at and gather information =] only 4 stars since some of the art is already damaged but they are working on it so I think it'll be a five star in a view months/years