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Haw Par Villa, Singapore

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#2 of 10 in Theme Parks in Singapore
Garden · Theme Park
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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  • The villa is quite interesting, it's a theme park containing thousands of statues and dioramas, depicting stories of Chinese folklore. The park was originally opened by the developers of Tiger Balm.....  more »
  • Almost every home in Southeast Asia has a small jar of Tiger Balm, a universal cure. Haw Par Villa was once known as Tiger Balm Gardens. It has depictions of the Chinese hell and 'Monkey's Jouney to....  more »
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  • This place has some historical stories. This place is actually belongs to two brothers who has a great interest in gardening. It is the birth place of Tiger Balm. That is why, this place is also known as Tiger Balm Gardens. It has a place called "Ten Courts Of Hell", which tells us what punishment we will get for some mistakes. It has many fascinating sculptures. Recently, this place has been renovated and they have added a separate building that tells us the history of the brothers. It is a good place to visit on Sunday. Remember to take an umbrella as it will be sunny.
  • Without a doubt....the greatest place in Singapore .... I go once a year to get inspired about general weirdness....if you don't like going to universal studios, and want a taste of a place that makes seemingly no sense then go here....every friend who visits Singapore gets dragged here.. and every Singaporean who "hasn't been since they were a kid" suffers the same fate. Remember being disrespectful to your parents gets you violently sliced in half and nailed to burning spikes....so you will know the dangers of not doing the right thing if you come here ... I think it's made for children...to make them behave. But if you an over protective parent you might not want to take your kids into the ten courts of hell. I think kids should see weird and potentially terrifying things to fire up their imaginations....but that's just me!
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