Also known as the Tiger Balm Gardens, Haw Par Villa is the only theme park in the world based on Chinese legends and mythology. Part of an estate owned by two eccentric brothers—the founders of Tiger Balm brand ointment—in the 1930s, the gardens were opened to the public after World War II. The park was later sold to a soft-drink bottling company that spent S$85 million on its transformation. For those interested in its bizarre interpretations of Chinese mythology,
religion, and social mores, the many odd little tableaux are intriguing. The park has an infamous walk-through display of the Ten Courts of Hell, which is a tale of life after death.
262 Pasir Panjang Rd., Singapore, 118628, Singapore
Jan 13, 2014
Full of statuary depicting ancient Chinese myths and legends. It's obviously seen better days but the tabloids will be loved by younger children. With free admission and only a few steps from the Haw Par MRT station, it's worth a visit to see the brilliant colour of the buildings and statues. Thank You Country Travel Mart for arranging such a nice tour to Singapore and advising about the locations.