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Haw Par Villa

262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628, Singapore
(65) 774 0300
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Ranked #82 of 336 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

straight out of ripley's believe it or not is haw par villa, certainly the world's oddest and most colorful amusement park. it reminded me of a park full of the old, oddball roadside attractions that once lined america's first highways. words do not do it justice, you just have to google for images to believe it. the gates of hell... More

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Boise, Idaho
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I visited Haw Par Villa 37 years ago while staying with my relatives for the summer here. I HAD to go back to see if it was still here and it is. So colorful and unique. Just as the memory I had in my mind. The MRT SPS right at it and it's free so there is no excuse not... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I lived with my family in Singapore in the late 60's and my memories of playing in the Tiger Balm Gardens with my sister are very strong. So when I had the chance to revisit this year... wow! 45 years later and I still remembered the Buddah, the 10 Halls of Hell and King Kong (!) There was a giant... More

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Ruislip, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I visited this park over 20years ago & it was a great day out. I don't know how old it is but my Nan had told me she'd loved it too when she was there many years before I can only guess that they are constantly improving & updating it. If I was to go back again I would definitely... More

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This place doesn't feel like you are in modern singapore. It is an old sculpture park filled with hundreds of colour lifelike scu;ptures depicting the scenes from chinese myths and legends. Its a rather surreal experience and even morbid one if you go into the gates of hell display to see all the very gory scenes of the various form... More

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

i'd been to Haw Par Villa with my family when i was young.. back then.. we can see trams going up and down the roads.. i can even remember there was a water ride that bypass the 10 courts of Hell.. and down it goes like roller coaster which sent me having nightmares that night ( from the ride rather... More

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I'd seen this reviewed by Lonely Planet and it looked so weird that I wanted to see it for myself. It's definitely an experience and if you have a bit of extra time on your hands in Singapore it is worth seeing (especially since it's free). The park is old and it is sad that it is in such a... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

History says that this park or gardens was built by two enterprising Chinese Burmese brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par in the earlier part of the twentieth century, hence the name Haw Par Villa. It is also known as Tiger Balm Gardens after the name of the medicinal balm manufactured and marketed by the brothers. It is a... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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