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Haw Par Villa is a Chinese mythological theme park in Singapore, located along Pasir Panjang Road.

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 attractions include statues of the Laughing Buddha and the Goddess of Mercy, as well as dioramas of scenes from Journey to the West. The most well-known attraction is the Ten Courts of Hell, with gruesome depictions of hell in Chinese mythology, all set in a 60 meter-long trail of a Dragon.

History

The park, originally called "Tiger Balm Gardens", 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 site was purchased by Aw in 1935.

In 1988, the Singapore Tourism Board took over the running of the Tiger Balm Gardens and re-named it as Haw Par Villa Dragon World. The statues were restored while retaining the original flavour. Plays, acrobatic displays and puppet shows were also organised. However, visitors were charged entrance fees. The high fees discouraged the public and the management incurred a loss of S$31.5 million after 10 years of management. The gardens made money for the first year of operations after renovations in 1994, broke even in 1995 but lost money for the next 3 years and was forced to have free entry in 1998. In March 2001, the Singapore Tourism Board re-named it Tiger Balm Gardens and entrance fees dropped.

Transport

The Circle Line station, Haw Par Villa MRT Station (CC25), located next to it, opened on October 8 2011 along with the rest of Stage 5 of the Circle Line.

The following bus services pass by the Villa along Pasir Panjang Road:

Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
10 Tampines Bus Interchange Kent Ridge Bus Terminal
30 Bedok Bus Interchange Boon Lay Bus Interchange
51 Hougang Central Bus Interchange Jurong East Bus Interchange Wheelchair Accessible Bus Service (WAB) Euro III Euro IV
143 Toa Payoh Bus Interchange Jurong East Bus Interchange Wheelchair Accessible Bus Service (WAB) Euro III
200 Buona Vista Bus Terminal Kent Ridge Bus Terminal (Loop)
SBS Transit Fast Forward Services
30e Bedok Bus Interchange
Singapore Science Park II
Singapore Science Park II
Bedok Bus Interchange
AM Peak
PM Peak
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
188 Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange HarbourFront Bus Interchange Euro V

The following bus services pass by the Villa along West Coast Highway:

Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
175 Clementi Bus Interchange Lorong 1 Geylang Bus Terminal
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
176 Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange Bukit Merah Bus Interchange
SMRT Buses Premium Services
589 Sunset Way Fullerton Road

See also

  • Tiger Balm Garden (Hong Kong)
  • Hwa Par Children Playground, in Thailand

External links



Source en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw_Par_Villa