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Haw Par Villa

262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628, Singapore
(65) 774 0300
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Ranked #82 of 334 attractions in Singapore
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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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Wakefield, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Whilst in Singapore we decided to visit the tiger balm gardens. The journey on the mrt was a long one from where we were staying . When we arrived I noticed how quiet it was. The place looks unloved and dilapidated which I found quite sad. There was no gift shop or cafe and the toilets were very run down.... More

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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Went there on a sunny weekend day with my Chinese friend. The attraction is pretty remote from the city centre, but is completely free. Villa features statues depicting Chinese beliefs (hell), fairy tales and general moral truths. It helps to take a local along with you to introduce the background. Either way, very very awesome and fun. Try going on... More

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104 reviews 104 reviews
19 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This kitsch park is a surreal must see in Singapore. Built in the Thirties by the founders of the Tiger Balm medicinal empire, it is supposed to give the visitor instruction in proper behaviours through visual examples from legend and modern life. It is a riot of luminous colour, bad figurines and ludicrous situations. I love it; it’s like It’s... More

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Perth, Australia
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10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This really is an interesting place to visit but probably only if you have a few days in Singapore or have been before. Long walk up a steep hill at the entrance. Could do with some maintenance work which appeared to be happening when we were there.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We visited Haw Par Villa because every time I am in Singapore I like to do something different and this was different. It is located at Haw Par Villa MRT and it is easy to get to and there is no entrance fee. This park was built by two brothers who wanted it to be a place to teach or... More

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Mevagissey, United Kingdom
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I don't think this type of theme park would go down too well in England but as there were plenty of Singaporeans and Chinese when we visited, I guess they view things a little differently. I found 'The Ten Courts of Hell' jaw-droppingly gory but the Asian children didn't seem too fazed by it. The rest of the park has... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

There is no place quite like this - a "theme park" filled with strange life-sized statues of humanized animals, scary Chinese mythological characters, and plenty of dioramas many with blood and gore. And then there is the main attraction - the Ten Courts of Hell, which depict in gruesome detail what punishments befall sinners in hell. Believe it or not... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Haw par villa is a great free attraction. It tells you a lot about the culture and is quirky and fun. The 10 courts of hell we're fascinating, very graphic with many inventive ways punish a sinner. A lot of the statues are quite worn but I thought it gave the place more character when reading through the stories. Definitely... More

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28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This theme park in Singapore comes with Great History. There are also not many of these types of traditional theme parks left in the world. School brought us there when we were young. In the 80's and 90's, there was not much theme park in Singapore, Haw Par Villa is one of the most visited Theme Park. It teaches young... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I visited this in May 2014 and was absolutely astounded at how interesting this was. Foo our guide, was a bundle of information, pointing out everything he could so we did not miss a thing. I would have liked to have stayed longer, but we were on our way to Krangi and Changi - but I would not have missed... More

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