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“Chinese Mythology place” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa
262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628, Singapore
(65) 774 0300
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Ranked #61 of 279 Attractions in Singapore
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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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.
Singapore, Singapore
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“Chinese Mythology place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Interesting place to visit to see old works of chinese artists & learn about chinese mythology. Good place to take photos & should not be missed especially if you are tourist. Be prepared to not have any food / drinks available there, which is quite difficult if you have young children or elderly.

Visited May 2012
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“Interesting insights”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

I visited this many years ago and then again recently. My husband and I nicknamed it 'land of the super-tacky'. It is a little run down, and has random statues around of things like emus and kangaroos. But it also has a lot of information on Chinese mythology and I found it interesting, despite some of the tackiness. I hope they continue to restore it, as now has its own MRT station and couple be a more significant attraction.

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“Part Alice in Wonderland, part something else”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

An interesting place to visit if you like to see displays illustrating myth and legend. Yes, as many have mentioned, it is a little run-down, but it is in the process of being restored - how they can possibly stay abreast it all, I don't know as the place is absolutely huge with LOTS of detail. Worth a visit, but some of the displays are rather graphic (although kids nowadays are swamped with violence on tv and games, so this should be child-play, no pun intended). Just outside the Haw Par Villa MRT station.

Visited March 2013
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“Fascinating trip Through the looking glass!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Being at the Haw Par Villa is like being Alice in wonderland through the looking glass! For as long as I can remember I have always found articles on singapore's haw par villa to be immensely fascinating. Owned by the famous tiger balm brothers (we all life tiger balm in south east Asia), this park is a tribute to Taoist and Confucian mythology and stories..

The ten courts of hell are the focal attractions, located in a dark cave with plenty of carefully carved and painted figurines depicting punishments in the after life. Then the rest of the grounds are filled with stone exhibits and figurines painted in bright colourful paint and depicted with wonderful imagination.. All tribute to Chinese folklore from china!

The grounds of the villa are vast so be prepared to do a fair bit of walking and the ambience there is so peaceful and calm.. This place has been cited as one of the most bizarre theme parks of the world, but we really enjoyed our trip here.. Transport is easy as the MRT stops directly at the Haw Par villa. It's quite old and some exhibits look tired but we preferred our time here over universal studios.

Our only hope is that the grounds will be maintained properly and remain open as it is a beautiful legacy for the future generations.

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“Pretty good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

I found that even though it seemed pretty run down, i really enjoyed it! The displays were interesting, and it was a nice walk; definitely a nice change to the city. Another reason i really enjoyed it is because it kind of reminded me of Miyazaki's movie "Spirited Away". Overall, i thought the trip was worth it.

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