Haw Par Villa is a Chinese mythological theme park in Singapore. The park was originally called “Tiger Balm Gardens”, and was built in 1937. Let’s see how it looks like in black and white.
Haw Par Villa was built in 1937 by brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the developers of Tiger Balm, as a venue for teaching traditional Chinese values.
The park contains over 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese folklore, legends, history, and illustrations of various aspects of Confucianism.
The most well-known and macabre attraction is the Ten Courts of Hell, with gruesome depictions of hell in Chinese mythology. The attraction is meant to instill the right values in visitors. But it can be a traumatic experience for children as the statues are life-like and scary.
Everywhere in the park, one can see Chinese inscriptions imploring people to stop doing bad deeds.
One special feature of the park is the Aw family’s tiger car parked in the former garage. This is truly loud and outrageous even by today’s standards.
Here are some traditional Chinese statues:
There are also some non Chinese statues:
As one can see, Haw Par Villa is full of surprises. It is worth a visit if one is interested in Chinese Mythological stories.
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