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“Eclectic park with a past”
Review of Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa
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$13.37*
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Haw Par Villa Twilight Walking Experience
Ranked #78 of 842 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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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 4 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A Singaporean friend recommended a visit to this public park which was formally a major tourist amusement park featuring the Chinese "Gates of Hell". It was originally set up by the owners of "Tiger Balm" to showcase Chinese mythology, educate and act as promotional tool for their health product.

For Westerns it will seem very bizarre as many photos highlight. My friend said that all SG families would have visited back in the day,

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Thank weegietraveller
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quirky and unique to Singapore; you can't possibly find this anywhere else. We went on a night walking tour, which made the experience so much better. The park is free. Tour incurs additional cost, but it was awesome. There's a lot of walking, though.

Thank KevinDX92
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was timely that we could make use of the National Day 1-for-1 to visit Haw Par Villa! We had always wanted to bring our 11 year-old twins to visit the place where mummy and daddy had fun when we were young! Our guide for the Tiger Balm Garden Story was Carol Dragon. She is so experienced and informative. She is engaging and caring as she constantly reminded us the slippery floor due to the earlier downpour. The passionate Carol deserves another Tour Guide of the Year Award! Keep up the Good Job!
I like the Jade Room where the Haw Par brothers story was told. The Virtues and Vices were good reminders.
We missed the Ninebots trial in June, hope you will have another one soon.
Cheers!

Thank kerpl
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My foreign friend and I, a local, had a great time touring Haw Par Villa with our wonderful guide Carol! She was interactive and friendly, we learnt a lot from her, be it the history of the villa to the stories behind the sculptures. It would be a waste to let this attraction become forgotten. The guided tour definitely adds a nice touch to the visit, helps me appreciate the place more!

Thank ManZhiTay
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