Haw Par Villa

Attraction Haw Par Villa 262 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118628 Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Outdoor
Kids
Free
Architecture
Weird
Temple & Monument
Parks & Aquarium
0.00 USD

Haw Par Villa is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
Haw Par Villa is a theme park with unique concept displaying statues and dioramas that show legends, history, mythology and culture of Chinese timeline.

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Why Haw Par Villa is special ?


It is a Chinese mythological theme park with a collection of over 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas from Chinese folklore and tales. The Ten Courts of Hell, its biggest highlight, would challenge the most composed of souls who bravely walk through the gory scenes of trial and torture. Haw Par Villa was less of a tourist attraction and more a theme park of cautionary tales

What to explore at Haw Par Villa?

After passing the gates, you will be guided by a bearded old man who points with two fingers. Further inside, a dancing Thai/Burmese person teaches a stance of Taichi.

Ten Courts of Hell

If you only have 10 minutes at Haw Par Villa, you must check out the Ten Courts of Hell so you know which court your worst enemy will go. (I now know which courts are reserved for me.)

It’s kind of funny how the crimes get repetitive but the torture scenes are always…fresh and creative.

Myths and legend

Besides the courts of hell, there are a lot of the statues in the villa is about Chinese folklore.

There is the usual Journey to the West (lower right) statues and also Legend of the White Snake

Modern family

Besides folklore, there are also strange statues of good-and-evil. Here are a few photos of sins and what happens to bad people (or something like that).

Source: yqtravelling.com

How to get to Haw Par Villa?

Train: Alight at Haw Par Villa MRT (Circle Line, yellow) and proceed to Exit A ( CC25 )

Bus: 10,30,51,143,175,176,188,200

Alight at Haw Par Villa Station or Opposite Haw Par Villa Station

Selling points

  • Singapore's best kept secret
  • Bizarre and unique attraction
  • An Old Cultural Theme Park
  • A National Treasure in need of love
  • A blast from the past
  • Singapore's best kept secret
  • Bizarre and unique attraction
  • An Old Cultural Theme Park
  • A National Treasure in need of love
  • A blast from the past
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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
115.19 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
10 places

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Haw Par Villa 262 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118628

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Tips for you

  • Bring a paper fan or a hat to stay cool
    What to bring
  • Ten courts of hell officially closes at 6 pm but caretaker wanted to be off at 5.40 pm
    Timming

Reviews

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I just... I just don't know what to say. Come here. Drink some wine first. Drink a bit more afterwards, too. You're about to see medic rabbits eating each other while a dude surfs a turtle.

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Good place to immerse yourself in the world of Chinese mythology and legends. Entry is free, and it might look a bit rundown but it adds to the mythical atmosphere. Don't miss the '10 Levels of Hell'.

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If u want to experience yourself in 十八层地狱 here is the place.

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I came here when I was a small boy it's been soooo long since I came here

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This place has hardly changed in more than 50 yrs. The scary statues and scenes are still the same.

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Such a change from the modern commercial city. After spending time in this fast-moving sophisticated city, here’s a chance to see the Chinese legends brought to life in full glorious colour – esp the blood :) As it’s got its own MRT station, it’s worth a short visit to see a different side to the city.Maintaining this large attraction must be costly, and the tropics are cruel to paint. Some areas are bright and newly painted, while others are somewhat faded. They don’t charge for admission, and I’d rather it was free, even if it’s slightly less than perfect.It’s open every day from 9am to 7pm. Google's information is incorrect.It was very hot when we visited, so try to visit when it’s cloudy.Everything was clean. Toilets were very clean. There are notices up about there being no water in the toilets, but no problems when we were there.We found 3 drink dispensing machines, 1 at the park entrance, 1 at the entrance to the 10 courts of hell, and 1 near the toilets, where there’s also a snack machine. Drinks dispensers should accept notes, but the snacks machine only accepts the right amount in coins.I’ve been several times over the years, and always enjoy coming. I wouldn’t rate it as a top attraction if you only have a few days. But if you have time, it’s really an unusual place to visit.

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Found this while looking for some less touristy things to do in Singapore.There is a walking tour by The Original Singapore Walks that I would recommend, because it provides information about the history of the park itself and the dioramas which would otherwise have been interesting but not overly meaningful if you don't know about the folklore behind them.Even without a tour, I would recommend popping in, because it is something a bit different. Sort of a theme park for morality tales, free and right next to the MRT.As some have mentioned, some of the displays are in need of repair, but some rejuvenation is happening and it did not affect our experience. It's definitely not for everyone, but I'm glad I went.

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The place is not new and some sculptures badly need restoration but it's certainly weird in a cool way. There are a lot of expositions (mostly Chinese or Buddhist stories told through sculpture) and it may take a couple of hours to explore them all. Note to families with children: some sculptures (mermaids) are topless and some others ("10 Courts of Hell" cave) are quite graphic so beware.

TripAdvisor View more

Such a change from the modern commercial city. After spending time in this fast-moving sophisticated city, here’s a chance to see the Chinese legends brought to life in full glorious colour – esp the blood :) As it’s got its own MRT station, it’s worth a short visit to see a different side to the city. Maintaining this large attraction must be costly, and the tropics are cruel to paint. Some areas are bright and newly painted, while others are somewhat faded. They don’t charge for admission, and I’d rather it was free, even if it’s slightly less than perfect. It’s open every day from 9am to 7pm. Google's information is incorrect. It was very hot when we visited, so try to visit when it’s cloudy. Everything was clean. Toilets were very clean. There are notices up about there being no water in the toilets, but no problems when we were there. We found 3 drink dispensing machines, 1 at the park entrance, 1 at the entrance to the 10 courts of hell, and 1 near the toilets, where there’s also a snack machine. Drinks dispensers should accept notes, but the snacks machine only accepts the right amount in coins. I’ve been several times over the years, and always enjoy coming. I wouldn’t rate it as a top attraction if you only have a few days. But if you have time, it’s really an unusual place to visit.

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Good place to immerse yourself in the world of Chinese mythology and legends. Entry is free, and it might look a bit rundown but it adds to the mythical atmosphere. Don't miss the '10 Levels of Hell'.

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