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Haw Par Villa

262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628, Singapore
(65) 774 0300
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Ranked #67 of 279 Attractions in Singapore
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Very interesting walking around looking at all the statues and reading the storied behind them. Very easy to get to. We caught the MRT there then wasked a very short distance. As we had done most thing thought we would try this. Deffiently not disappointed.

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Wrexham, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Such a change from the modern commercial city. After spending time in this fast-moving sophisticated city, here’s a chance to see the Chinese legends brought to life in full glorious colour – esp the blood :) As it’s got its own MRT station, it’s worth a short visit to see a different side to the city. Maintaining this large attraction... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Found this while looking for some less touristy things to do in Singapore. There is a walking tour by The Original Singapore Walks that I would recommend, because it provides information about the history of the park itself and the dioramas which would otherwise have been interesting but not overly meaningful if you don't know about the folklore behind them.... More

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The place is not new and some sculptures badly need restoration but it's certainly weird in a cool way. There are a lot of expositions (mostly Chinese or Buddhist stories told through sculpture) and it may take a couple of hours to explore them all. Note to families with children: some sculptures (mermaids) are topless and some others ("10 Courts... More

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Malang, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

No ticket needed to enter this venue. Inside you'll find many statue from Chinese folklore. There's hell venue also. Not recommended for children because it shows you torments in hell. It's gruesome and violent. Quite clean actually, only few leaves that falls since it's dry seasons.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Easy to reach as the MRT stops just outside. Lots of colorful and weird scenes from Chinese folklore. It was set up by the family of the famous Tiger balm and it is interesting how it all came about. There is some newly painted of scenes around which has made them look much better. There is more restoration work to... More

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Krabi Town, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

A 50 meter walk from the closest subway, the Haw Par Villa is also called the Tiger Balm Shrine (yep, that Tiger Balm). Plenty of Buddhist folklore is on display, including a PG-13 rated version of the Buddhist underworld complete with the kings of hell. For better or worse, Buddhist crime fits Buddhist punishment. Rob someone, get your hand cut... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

It has been a very long time since I last visited Haw Par Villa and compared to the other more recent tourist attractions in Singapore, this attraction certainly looks like it has seen much better days. There is no entrance fee but the parking you set you back SGD 5. (Cash only) If you want to have deeper insights into... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Well, I'm a Singaporean and yesterday was my virgin trip to Haw Par Villa and I must say, I was deeply fascinated with the place. For those interested in the Chinese Mythologies, legends, maybe you wouldn't want to give this place a miss. I mean, it's free (except for vehicles, entrance fee: S$5) You can see more pictures posted here:... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

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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