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“Educational Place for the Young!”
Review of Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa
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US$13.66*
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Haw Par Villa Twilight Walking Experience
Ranked #71 of 846 things to do in Singapore
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Haw Par Villa is like no other place in the world, with over 1,000 statues and 150 dioramas that dramatise Chinese legends and folklore.
Reviewed 15 June 2014

This theme park in Singapore comes with Great History. There are also not many of these types of traditional theme parks left in the world.

School brought us there when we were young. In the 80's and 90's, there was not much theme park in Singapore, Haw Par Villa is one of the most visited Theme Park. It teaches young children about morale of humans, and history too. The park, originally called Tiger Balm Gardens, was built in 1937 by the Burmese-Chinese brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the developers of Tiger Balm, as a venue for teaching traditional Chinese values.

The best known attraction in Haw Par Villa is the Ten Courts of Hell, which features gruesome depictions of Hell in Chinese mythology and Buddhism. This attraction used to be set inside a 60-metre long trail of a Chinese dragon but the dragon has been demolished, so the attraction is now covered by grey stone walls. This was a fascinating part of the theme park. It describes, in detail, the torture and punishment for each sin one commits in a lifetime. As you enter the tunnel, you are greeted by the first court’s king.

Other major attractions include dioramas of scenes from Journey to the West, Fengshen Bang, The Twenty-four Filial Exemplars, Legend of the White Snake, Romance of the Three Kingdoms; statues of mythological figures such as the Laughing Buddha and Guanyin, and historical personages such as Jiang Ziya, Su Wu and Lin Zexu; the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, and others. There are also monuments dedicated to the Aw brothers and their parents.

Getting to the theme park is much easier now as compared to last time. The Circle Line station, Haw Par Villa MRT Station (CC25), located next to it, opened on 8 October 2011. Train ride is just a stone throw away!

I still remember when i was younger, i used to hear that the place is haunted as the monuments will come to life. And strange noises will be heard from the tunnel of hell. but all those were crazy.

Thank ToiletbowlJustin
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

I visited this in May 2014 and was absolutely astounded at how interesting this was. Foo our guide, was a bundle of information, pointing out everything he could so we did not miss a thing. I would have liked to have stayed longer, but we were on our way to Krangi and Changi - but I would not have missed this for the world and will be going back again next time I am in Singapore. The only thing not available there was Tiger Balm but I managed to get some at the Changi Musem...........

1  Thank Paula T
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

A guidebook I'm using for my stay in Singapore described Haw Par Villa as quirky and free, so immediately I knew it was for me! It couldn't be easier to get here with an MRT station outside the entrance, but if you wanted to do some public transport sight seeing, the 51 bus also stops nearby.

Yes, some of the statues could use a touch up, but that's part of the charm. I visited on a Sunday afternoon so there were lots of families visiting and most of them had an elderly grandfather or uncle passing down the oral traditions to the kids.

If you only have a limited amout of time, don't miss the 10 Gates of Hell. It's located near the entrance and whether you find it sobering or hilarious, you be glad you saw it.

3  Thank Karen R
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Founded by the inventor of Tiger Balm, Haw Par Villa sets a wide arrange of Chinese mythical traditions in sculpted figures all over a beautiful hill near a subway stop. These include a nice view of one of his old cars, shrines to the sons (scaled largely on how much he liked them), the "10 gates of hell" with cartoon like sculpted displays of the ill treatments in the afterlife for various types of sins in mortality... It is a fun trip but not one you are likely to repeat.

1  Thank fracmeister
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Haw Par Villa is a nice place to spend a couple of hours in. The place is full of strange and wonderful statues, some showing some myths and others are just funny. If you visit with kids, you may want to avoid the 10 courts of hell, the displays there are rather of a graphic nature. It's so easy to get there, it's right beside the MRT station.

Thank firzhugh
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