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Haw Par Villa, Singapore

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#20 of 70 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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  • Visited here on a very wet day and we had the whole place to ourselves in the morning. Very quiet and empty which was a real shame as this is a very interesting place to visit with plenty of ancient, ...  more »
  • Definitely not for everyone but if you like, uh, weird stuff, it’s just about the coolest place you could ever want. Literally hundreds of absurd and colourful painted concrete statues and dioramas de...  more »
  • Why are there not more reviews of this place? Yes a little dilapidated but renewal on going. Get better details on line but do go. Warning it’s hot up there,guess it’s all the concrete statues and dis...  more »
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  • A fantastic place to learn about chimese folklore and legend. Highly recommend a visit here. It was very quiet when I went, spent hours wandering around the dioramas. It is very east to get to via train. I would definitely visit again!
  • Great place to educate people of all ages regarding Chinese folklore and legends. There are rumours that this place is haunted but if you visited this place before you will know why. Be sure to visit the exhibit on the 18 levels of hell.
  • Was fine, interesting to understand some about Chinese culture and religion, better go before 5pm to see everything, at 5:40 they start to close some of the exhibitions.
  • 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!

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