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Haw Par Villa

262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628, Singapore
(65) 774 0300
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Type: Gardens
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Haw Par Villa- The Tiger Balm Gardens or Haw Par Villa is a theme park located at 262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore. The Chinese name is 虎豹別墅. The... more »
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Singapore, Singapore
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225 reviews 225 reviews
119 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

People rave about the zoo or Orchard Road or the Singapore Art Museum....but come here. It's distinctly odd: acres of friezes of Chinese folklore, provided by a local millionaire in the 1930s as some sort of reminder of traditional culture, it sprawls colourfully up the side of a hill without embarrassment, despite its obvious eccentricity. Highlight is the 10 courts... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

it's actually a variety theme park, Chinese culture, worldwide representative like Australia park,new York park and Africa park. Although it's not clean as other place, but it's worth to take a walk.Take photo with the creature and statues. It's convenience and it's FREE. My suggestion, visit there at morning, because we found out there already become a secret picnic place... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We had read about Haw Par Villa and were intrigued. It is basically a park that depicts stories from Chinese folklore. The most famous area is the 10 Courts of Hell - with gruesome statues showing punishments for different crimes after death. The rest of the park contains some very peculiar statues, including a crab with a lady's face, a... More

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Bad Soden am Taunus, Germany
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5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A place where you can see history in Singapore. For free!!! Ok, a lot of you will say, it looks shabby and run down - not Singapore like! Well, it is maybe exactly this, what makes it so interesting! Avoid weekends and especially PHs.

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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

One of the strangest and most unique tourist attractions anywhere, let alone Singapore. Built by a millionaire to teach the town folk morality lessons through statues and dioramas. A sprawling park full with colorful statues. The gates of hell where the punishments for various crimes are shown in gory detail is very striking.

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KOLKATA
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Haw Par villa originally called dragon balm villa was founded by two brothers-Haw and Par who invented the popular tiger balm Later it was named after its founders as Haw Par villa We went there as it was mentioned in guide book as a theme park located very near to the Metro station Haw Par villa and admission was free... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

It been recommended by our hotel concierge He say it free, you must see it It more about philosophy I love 10 courts of hell

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It is strange that I found it empty of foreign tourists though it is such a fascinating place to visit, and very Chinese. It is just a minute walk from the MRT station and entry is free. It could have been a fantasy park with so many statues & images from old traditions, animal kingdom and myths. There are some... More

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Hong Kong
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We are from Hong Kong and it used to be a Haw Par Villa there but since long demolished so we are happy it still exists one in Singapore. It is a calm place to have a stroll around, but be aware that the canteen may not be open and the whole area is not fully accessible, but we loved... More

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Bowie, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Many others have commented that maintenance is not great here, and that's accurate. There are a ton of statues, and it provides interesting background into Chinese folklore, which I found fascinating; you just have to look past peeling paint and dirty water. I would caution against bringing young children; there is a warning sign outside the 10 Gates of Hell... More

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