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Haw Par Villa Singapore – A Theme Park Unlike Any Other, and an Experience You Won’t Forget

Singapore might have a multitude of theme parks, but there’s nothing quite like Haw Par Villa. The park is famous, and at times almost infamous, for its mythological dioramas.

Haw Par Villa Singapore | Image Credit - S Pakhrin from DC, USA, CC BY 2.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Haw Par Villa Singapore | Image Credit – S Pakhrin from DC, USA, CC BY 2.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Background

The attraction was founded by two brothers, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the inventors of Tiger Balm. In fact, it was initially called Tiger Balm Gardens and was built in 1937. In 1986 the park was modernised following an investment of $30 million.

Attractions

The park is iconic for its various dioramas that depict a variety of scenes from ancient novels or works of literature from Chinese history. These works include Journey to the West, Fengshen Bang, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Haw Par Villa Singapore | Image Credit - S Pakhrin from DC, USA, CC BY 2.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Haw Par Villa Singapore | Image Credit – S Pakhrin from DC, USA, CC BY 2.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

The Ten Courts of Hell

This particular attraction is what the park is most famous for, even to the point of notoriety. This exhibit showcases several macabre depictions of Hell according to Chinese mythology. These graphic images include people being tortured and even dismembered.

Location

The park is situated on Pasir Panjang Road, which is a significant road that can be found in the South-West of Singapore. If you’re staying at a hotel near Harbourfront Singapore along the likes of Park Hotel Farrer Park then reaching this attraction won’t be much of an issue.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.

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