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“Fascinating and enchanting”
Review of Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa
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$13.70*
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Haw Par Villa Twilight Walking Experience
Ranked #69 of 846 things to do in Singapore
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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.
Reviewed October 17, 2012

We were told about this attraction by our hotel and after spending 8 days in Singapore we found this to be the 'hidden gem' of our trip!

Yes it's unusual - like Disneyland with tumbleweeds! There is a truly peaceful feel there as you wander through display after display of Chinese mythology figures. The ponds are full of small turtles that have been breeding rapidly for years and are layered on top of each other 3 and 4 high.

The dedicated groundsman are raking up the large brown leaves with cane rakes and lighting incense sticks at every God/Goddess display - they all had a smile and were welcoming.

As you walk through vibrant colored displays with amazing statues you also feel the presence of the love of a family who created a dynasty - Tiger Balm. The story of the grand house that once stood there is quite moving - it was torn down after the death of one of the brothers and ravaged by the war.

The ten stages of hell may be a bit much for young children or the squeamish but it is only one small portion of the park.

Free entry and a small trip on the MRT (turn right as you come out of the station and its in front of you) makes this a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Well worth a look!

4  Thank DaisyBrisbane
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Have been knowing about this famous since I was small. During old time, whoever who visits Singapore must visit Haw Par Villa as well! Anyway, there is now a MRT station call Haw Par Villa(circle line). You may reach directly at the door step of it. Everyone can enter for free. Feel free to go there to snap as much as photos you wish for. Of course going there to reminisce how Boon Haw and Boon Par brothers built their business and of course the villa. Worth a visit!

1  Thank bluey_way
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Its not on the radar of Tourist. Quite left out. Maybe something should be done to give it a boost. Hardly I see anyone visiting this place.

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

I am not sure what to make of this, I have been here years ago when I young and remember liking it. But it is very strange and I am not sure what to say really other than it is free and bizarre. Its also easy to get to on the MRT and is just a short walk from the MRT station (Haw Par Villa) The 'horror chambers' or Ten Courts of Hell would be OK for older kids but a bit gruesome for some. I have posted some photo's so you can see for yourself. There are many scenes/statues from Chinese mythology. The food area did not seem to be open when we were there and although there were vending machines for drinks it may be better to take your own on a hot day.

2  Thank Whadders
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Was going back to Haw Par Villa after almost 20years. Was quite sad to see that it has been badly neglected. But at the same time, glad that effort being made to bring the attraction up to date. STB needs to do more to create positive awareness for this prized location.

2  Thank Lateehs5
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