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Haw Par Villa, Singapore

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#20 of 70 in Parks in 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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  • Very nice place full of sights and mystical. A lot of things to see, I did not expect a place of such size. I was amazed by all the statues and the themes they are raccrochees. There are things to see in Singapore e' first, but if you have some time and want to find a place that has nothing to do with the rest, a really original place, take a trip to Haw by villa... You will not be disappointed!
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  • I've been to Singapore 10 times, but this is the first time I've visited Haw Par Villa. I caught the MRT to Haw Par Villa station and it was just a very short walk from there. I was surprised at how m...  more »
  • This place was very far from town. I took a bus to go here and went to nearest shopping mall. My journey from Geylang took 1 hour plus. A lot of statues at this area, hilly and quite hot in the noon. ...  more »
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  • Step back into the 1930s when you visit the park. It is still being maintained today. It may not be the best attraction in Singapore, but one worth visiting. Takes 2hours to fully explore the place.
  • I love this place. Ok it's kinda crappy, but that's what makes it so much fun. Who doesn't want to see a statue of someone getting cut in half vertically or a boy getting eaten by a bear or a giant crab with a human head or a mouse with a gun? It's free and has its own subway station, why not!
  • I hope with the recent announcement to upgrade the place don't spoil the good old culture feel of the place. And keep the entrance fee to min if required to. Tourist must visit here!
  • 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.

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