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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. 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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  • August 8, 2017
    Loved the place. The ten courts of hell is a great treat. You should definitely check it out. It has great sculptures that you'll find interesting  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    We spent a few months in S'pore and I made a list of things to see. Obviously, the Haw Par Villa was not too high on the list, bases on rather mixed reviews. However, I would say the place is an absol...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    I first visited Haw Par back in he early sixties. I am delighted that the gardens are open again and are being brought back to their spectacular colours. The gardens are dedicated to the two brothers ...  more »
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  • July 25, 2017
    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!
  • July 25, 2017
    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.
  • August 31, 2017
    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.
  • July 8, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    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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