Haw Par Villa (AKA Tiger Balm Gardens)

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Built in 1937 with money from Tiger Balm sales, this cultural "theme park" is too bizarre for words.

There are more than 1,000 statues of Chinese deities, mythological creatures and some completely random additions like a deer talking on the phone and the Statue of Liberty.

Pay S$1 for a ticket to "The 10 Courts of Hell" with gruesomely detailed dioramas illustrating punishments for various sins — wasting food gets you sawed in half.

Considering the price of real estate in Singapore it's just a matter of time before this relic gets torn down — experience the weirdness while you can!

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262 Pasir Panjang Rd
Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 - 19:00
Last updated: 11th October, 2011

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  • Great fun

    31st January, 2012

    Haw Par Villa is certainly Singapore's most unique attraction, and being away from the busy downtown area adds to the feeling that you're seeing something different. It's THE place to begin exploring ancient chinese mythology, which prospered in Singapore even during periods of repression in mainland China. After being closed for a long time it's been open the past few years, and well worth a visit while you're here. The new MRT station and various bus routes make it easy to get to, just cross your fingers there aren't too many tour buses arriving at the same time as you. Give yourself a few hours if you want to take in all the different stories and read the explanations.

    Haw Par Villa (AKA Tiger Balm Gardens) reviewed by edblax (3)
    Written on 31st January, 2012, rated 4 out of 5. Visited here in May, 2010

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