Fodor's Expert Review Haw Par Villa
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.