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.
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