Haw Par Villa Singapore: An Ultimate Guide, Explore

What is Haw Par Villa?

Haw Par Villa is an Asian culture park. Haw Par Villa, formerly known as Tiger Balm Garden, is a treasure trove of Asian culture, philosophy, religion, and historical significance.

This location is well-known as Singapore’s largest outdoor gallery, claiming to be the last of its sort in terms of originality. Haw Par Villa, which dates from 1937, is a miniature representation of Chinese mythology.

Haw Par Villa is a vivid and instructive journey through the jumble of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism that make up the traditional fabric of Chinese life, legend, spirituality, and morality – as well as a smattering of references to Singaporean history and their relationship to the world around them – spelled out in great detail.

What’s inside Haw Par Villa?

1. Haw Par Villa’s Ten Courts of Hell

The ghastly Ten Courts of Hell are the major attraction at Haw Par Villa (and the basis for the park’s terrible notoriety). The First Court of Hell is where a person goes once they die in Chinese mythology. Here, King Qinguang examines each individual’s previous actions.

They are led to paradise if they are regarded righteous, or if their good deeds outnumber their sins. Those who are regarded to be evildoers, on the other hand, are sent to the Mirror of Retribution and subsequently punished in the appropriate Court. This is where the terrifying statues start.

Haw Par Villa’s Ten Courts of Hell

2. Haw Par Villa’s dioramas

The park has over 1,000 statues set up across its dioramas, thus Haw Par Villa is more than just the Courts of Hell. There’s a massive diorama depicting the Legend of the White Snake, one of China’s Four Great Folktales, in which a young boy takes immortality pills by accident and throws them into the water, eternally intertwining his life with the snake who eats them and adding 500 years to his life.

Haw Par Villa’s dioramas

3. Haw Par Villa’s mysteries

The majority of the monuments come with writing that explains the situations and moralistic stories they depict. Many of the meanings are unclear, and some are completely perplexing.

Animal heads on human bodies are the most puzzling (and entertaining) statuary. A tortoise offers tea to a deer in one scene, as a mouse takes a phone call.

A pig in blue pants pinches the cheek of a rat who offers an orange plate nearby. The statue of a crab with the head of a young woman is maybe the most perplexing of all.

 

Haw Par Villa’s mysteries

4. Horse Face and Ox-Head

These two are thought to be the guardians of Hell’s Ten Courts. Although they both have human bodies, the Horse Face has a horse’s face and the Ox-head has an ox’s head. These two are the first beings a human spirit encounters on its way to the afterlife, according to Chinese mythology.

Horse Face and Ox-Head Singapore

5. Sumo Wrestlers

Moving on, two sumo wrestlers are in a wrestling stance, ready to beat each other and win the competition.

Sumo Wrestlers

Is an Exhibition tour allowed?

 Hell’s Museum

The only museum dedicated to investigating how death and the afterlife are viewed and understood throughout religions, civilizations, and time is Hell’s Museum.
The immersive show includes specifically commissioned videos that focus on, among other things, traditions and ceremonies for the dead.

Hell’s Museum, which covers 3,800 square meters, also gives visitors a better knowledge of Haw Par Villa’s infamous 10 Courts of Hell.

Children under the age of eight should not visit Hell’s Museum. You can click here and book a ticket.

Hell’s Museum
Estimated Duration: 1-2 hours
Ticket Price: $18 for adults, $10 for children, and free for youngsters under the age of six (Not recommended for children under 9 years old)
Operating Hours :10am – 6pm (last entry: 5pm)
Relaunch Weekend (29-31 Oct): 10am – 8pm (last entry: 7pm)

Haw Par Villa Singapore Contact Details

Phone: 6773 0103

Email: (FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES): hpv@journeys.com.sg

Management office address: 262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118 628

Hours: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday (Office is closed on weekends and public holidays)

Website: https://www.hawparvilla.sg/

COVID restrictions and measures at Haw Par Villa

With your support, we can ensure that all of our visitors have a pleasant and safe experience:

1. Safe Access Check-in and check-out via TraceTogether Masks are required to be worn at all times Limited group size (maximum 2)
2. 1 meter of social distance
3. Food and beverages are not permitted in indoor spaces.

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