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Haw Par Villa

By: jay on 27 Feb 2013
262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore

(+65) 6872 2003

Operating Hours:
Daily from 9am to 7pm.

Discover the mystical world of Chinese folklore and mythology in an unusual theme park style at Haw Par Villa.

Located along Pasir Panjang Road, near West Coast Park, Haw Par Villa was originally built by Aw Boon Haw for his brother Aw Boon Par to stay in, with a public area for families to share and recount their traditional Chinese tales and legends. The villa was extremely expensive and took years to build. Its original name was Tiger Balm Gardens, after the popular medical remedy invented by the brothers.

In 1979, the villa was called Haw Par Villa when it came under the management of the Singapore Tourism Board. Five years later, it was reopened as an Chinese theme park. Learn about Chinese folklore here at the grounds of the villa, which has over 1000 statues and 150 giant tableaux, all exhibits of traditional Chinese stories. The villa is famous for its eeriest, creepiest attraction: the '10 Courts of Hell', a graphic representation of the different trials a person's soul would have to go through in the afterlife before being allowed into heaven.

Attractions like the dragon ride and puppet shows are no longer available at Haw Par Villa. Nevertheless, it still deserves a visit, if just to see Chinese legends shown unlike anything you've ever seen before -  with the added bonus of being a quiet and tranquil getaway away from busy downtown Singapore.

Admission to the park is free.

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