Haw Par Villa (formerly Tiger Balm Gardens) is a curious place! You definitely feel the air of yesteryear as you stroll through the multi-level gardens and discover the fables that inspire these art pieces.
Of particular note is the wild and gruesome Gates of Hell! I thought Game of Thrones had rendered me apathetic but after walking through I was feeling a little queasy. This part is not for kids and the designers certainly didn't hold back on showing the full extent of these punishments.
It's somewhat hilarious that the rest of the park has such a lighthearted and comical tone. The kids will love seeing the different stories and sculptural reliefs - cool for killing some time and it's all free too. Very unique and completely different to the rest of modern Singapore.
Signs are well written and although there's some decay, there's plenty of love being put into this park. Lots of terrapins are littered about the water, and you can get some food for them.
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