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Haw Par Villa

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Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628, Singapore
Phone Number: (65) 774 0300
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Haw Par Villa is like no other place in the world, with over 1,000 statues...
Haw Par Villa is like no other place in the world, with over 1,000 statues and 150 dioramas that dramatise Chinese legends and folklore.
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Strange, Different but well worth visiting

Haw Par villa is really an attraction from a different era. It is a collection of statues telling various different stories from Asian culture. We visited on a Tuesday afternoon... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
Simon M
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Singapore, Singapore
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Melbourne, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is a fun place for photo taking and also for PPL interested in Chinese folk stories and some basic background story to the success of Tiger Balm. It's free and easy to access. Very quirky and unique park.

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

If you dont want to do all the commercial activities and want to spend a leisurely afternoon in tales land, this is the place to be. Chinese folklore and fables are depicted with sculptures so life like that u feel like u have traveled back a century!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Haw Par Villa used to be a popular spot for tourist attraction as well as for locals. The admission is free. Not sure is it because it was a Monday, therefore the park was very quiet and I only met 9-10 people throughout my journey in the park. The park showed us a glimpse of many Chinese legends. They were... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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28 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Haw Par villa is really an attraction from a different era. It is a collection of statues telling various different stories from Asian culture. We visited on a Tuesday afternoon and the place was quite empty. Despite being a little run down the various stories were interesting and an insight into some old Chinese folklore. The "ten courts of hell"... More 

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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46 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

If you are expecting roller coasters, food courts and over sized costumed cartoon characters, then this is not for you. If you are interested to understand what excited the local community 50-60 years ago, myths and legends and experience what the previous generation did for entertainment before Resorts World Sentosa and MBS were built......then this may be for you. It... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This place is a must see. Over a thousand dioramas and statues that depict famous chinese folklore and legends. It's a free exhibition but worth the strangeness. You will need your walking shoes as it is built on a hill so you have to walk up various steep walkways. There is no canteen so it's best you bring food from... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I decided to go on an organised walking tour with a company I had used 3 times before - quite honestly this was rubbish! I would advise to avoid this "attraction" unless your really bored. It is not interesting, it is not attractive, its not even entertaining! I had the full history explained in detail - even the guide appeared... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This theme park is definitely one of a kind. Considering that it was built back in 1936, it is really incredible for the two brothers of the Tiger Balm company to build this! For you guys out there who are really interested in Chinese traditions, cultures and tales, this is the place to explore! Recently repainting of the statues have... More 

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I was told that this was a white elephant and not worth the visit by a Taxi driver. I am glad I made the trip and went to see the old Tiger Balm Garden as it was called. (Still prefer the old name ). It must have been an amazing place in its heyday with all the fountains working. Still... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Visited with my 10yo son. Was fascinated by the 10 courts of hell. It was nice to show my boy what happens to those who mistreat their parents - they get sawn in half. It's pretty gory so not really for the squeamish.

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