Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa, Singapore: Hours, Address, Haw Par Villa Reviews: 4/5

Haw Par Villa
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Historic Sites • Amusement & Theme Parks • Gardens
09:00 - 19:00
Monday
09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 19:00
Thursday
09:00 - 19:00
Friday
09:00 - 19:00
Saturday
09:00 - 19:00
Sunday
09:00 - 19:00
About
Haw Par Villa - formerly known as the Tiger Balm Garden – is an 8.5-hectare Asian cultural park, the last of its kind in the world. Built in 1937, Singapore’s largest outdoor art gallery is the brainchild of Aw Boon Haw, millionaire philanthropist and marketing extraordinaire who gifted the world Tiger Balm. The eclectic park is a treasure trove of Asian culture, history, philosophy and religion – quirky yet enlightening at the same time. Since 2015, it is managed Journeys Pte Ltd, an award-winning heritage specialist passionate in preserving and bringing the heritage gem to greater heights.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Chelsea B
Milton Keynes, UK1,859 contributions
Quirky
Aug 2020
The villa is quite interesting, it's a theme park containing thousands of statues and dioramas, depicting stories of Chinese folklore.

The park was originally opened by the developers of Tiger Balm, and was opened way back in 1937. One of the quirkiest parts of the park was the 'Ten Courts of Hell', which is a 60m trail that depicts the punishments for certain crimes.
Written 2 February 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,683 contributions
A great attraction from days gone by.
Jun 2020
Almost every home in Southeast Asia has a small jar of Tiger Balm, a universal cure. Haw Par Villa was once known as Tiger Balm Gardens. It has depictions of the Chinese hell and 'Monkey's Jouney to the West.' The Haw Par Villa is a relic of simpler times, but anyone visiting Singapore for the first time should see it.
Written 17 July 2020
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aloha4418
Singapore, Singapore71 contributions
historical building and attraction
Sep 2019
The building and the place looks a bit old as they maintained it from years way back till this date. But the attraction of the culture will never stop people from visiting. The part where you will understand about Chinese believes and cultures.
Written 27 April 2020
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TORN1
Toronto, Canada478 contributions
Bizarro World
Feb 2020 • Friends
Visited in 1997 and again this trip. Kitsch and cool and makes me wonder the sick mind of the founder. Worth a visit indeed
Written 8 April 2020
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Carole
3 contributions
Tiger Balm
Feb 2020 • Friends
Bit dated, suspect it was a treasure in it's time but wouldn't recommend other than maybe to young children. Nice to see live turtles though.
Written 15 March 2020
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Merlion Singapore
Singapore, Singapore34 contributions
A place for leisure with traditional statue
Feb 2020
For sure can see tiger statue as the garden and story are linked to founder of tiger balm. Having unique statue but scenery is not as amazing.
Written 15 March 2020
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boggyirl
Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
The good, bad and not-so-bad.
Feb 2020 • Friends
This is a lovely place filled with cultural significance. But it desperately needs love and attention! Who is in charge of the upkeep?? It’s free during the day so that’s something.
Written 13 March 2020
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
Haw Par Villa
Nov 2019
This is a really unique and bizarre theme park located in Singapore. It was built around 1937 by the Har Par brothers who made their fortune manufacturing Tiger Balm medicinal products. The park has some eerie and somewhat gaudy statues and dioraramas depicting chinese characters from folklore and mythology. I must say that these oriental statues and figurines are not in my opinion a work of art but has to be appreciated as part of Singapore's cultural heritage. Fifty years ago this park served as a means for families to bring their children here to teach the ancient Chinese folklore history. Sadly, the theme park is in need of repairs. It is still an attraction for families to visit but the dioramas and statues really does not blend in with modern Singapore. Hong Kong's Tiger Balm gardens were razed twenty something years ago and new apartment structure stands in its place. It is only a matter of time that realty development will take over this space. It is still a fascinating place to visit and the best is that it has no admission charge.
Written 10 March 2020
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Alekz P
Vietnam128 contributions
Very strange and unusual attraction, but totally worth the visit.
Mar 2020
I found my visit to Haw Par Villa a very unforgettable one into Chinese folklore, legend and mythology. It's quite an Asian cultural park. You get to glean insights into Chinese mythology many iconic dioramas. Easy to get there. Metro station is right next to the place and free entrance.
Written 4 March 2020
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Debs T
Bognor Regis, UK31 contributions
Creepy but fascinating!
Mar 2020 • Couples
This park is worth visiting for all the wrong reasons and that’s what makes it fun!
Built in 1937 and surviving both World Wars Haw Par Villa is well past its best and is now considered to be old fashioned.
But there is no denying the old statues are interesting and creepy as hell.
It’s free to get in and easy to get to using the underground so you’ve nothing to loose visiting.
Written 4 March 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00


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