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Haw Par Villa, Singapore

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#19 of 95 in Parks in Singapore
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. Plan your visit to Haw Par Villa and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Singapore road trip app .
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  • Easy access; hop off the MRT at Haw Par Villa. And it's free, so if you don't love it, you haven't lost a thing! If you have children in tow, it would be a good idea to avoid turning right as you ente...  more »
  • Visited the Haw Par Villa on a Friday morning, the place was deserted bar about 12 other visitors. We stroll through the ‘10 courts of Hell’, figurines were gruesome, it was based on the punishment gi...  more »
  • In 1937 opening to the public intending to provide education on moral values behind a range of Chinese legends is great. The 10 courts of Hell would scare children. It must have been very impressive y...  more »
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  • Entry is free so if you have time it’s worth checking out. It has some bizarre statues/stories. Most statues are a bit run down but the gardens are well kept. I know there’s a lot of nostalgia with this place and for the Chinese it has some significance. My mother who grew up in China knew all the stories of the different statues. They are all stories with morals behind them. Mainly this place tells you to do good and you will be rewarded. Do bad things in life and you will see what happens to you (the ten gates of hell)
  • Haw Par Villa - formerly known as the Tiger Balm Garden – is an 8.5-hectare Asian cultural park, the last of its kind in the world. Built in 1937, Singapore’s largest outdoor art gallery is the brainchild of Aw Boon Haw, the millionaire philanthropist and marketing extraordinaire who gifted the world Tiger Balm. The eclectic park is a treasure trove of Asian culture, history, philosophy and religion – quirky yet enlightening, at the same time. Since 2015, it is managed by award-winning heritage specialist Journeys Pte Ltd, which has taken on the task of bringing back the park’s glory days.
  • Nice place.. Once you are at the top, it’s a nice and cosy place to just sit and pass time.. Enough places for kids to run around and enough statues for them to play around.. The sculptures for me is a value add to the nice place
  • I would not make the return trip. My visit was somewhat enjoyable. The entry was free, so I can't complain about that. I could see that it is a place that holds some nostalgia for the local Singaporean. I went in not expecting much and left not remember much. Helpful for a brief Chinese history lesson but not the nicest place to bring kids.
  • A must visit place in Singapore. Non touristy. Peaceful relaxing green environment. Genuine historical part not those purpose built for tourist. All locals will have fond memories of this place during their childhood. A Singapore version of "Park Guile of Barcelona" on a smaller scale. Best of all its free entry!
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