Let's visit SG's legendary Nightmare theme park - Haw Par Villa!
Let's visit the legendary Protected content the mother of all theme parks (and tourist attractions) here. It existed before Singapore had the stunning Gardens by the Bay, beautiful National Gallery or Universal Studios. Most Singaporeans (who are old enough) will have memories of visiting Protected content and experiencing its totally surreal depictions of Chinese mythology, from tale of the Madam White Snake to Journey to the West, and most famously, the Ten Courts of Hell... you have been warned.
We will meet at Protected content
*PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL MEET AND LEAVE ON TIME. If you are late you have to somehow find your way to us. As I will be focusing on bringing everyone around, I do not promise that I will be able to reply to msgs or answer phone calls. I believe it is only fair that my attention should be on those present already, especially if I am leading everyone around on a tour.
If you are certain you will be late and need a way to locate us, please msg me early on, not on the day itself.
***IMPORTANT: Visitor discretion and parental guidance are advised for visitors to the “Ten Courts of Hell” due to the graphic nature of the exhibits. .
One of the oldest existing cultures in the world today, Chinese history stretches back across millennia, and is filled with fascinating stories. History buffs looking to journey through the richness of Chinese tradition and religious beliefs should pay a visit to Protected content , an Asian cultural park that’s a repository of folklore and storied myths.
The origins of Protected content once known as Tiger Balm Gardens. Lovingly built by Myanmar-born businessman Aw Boon Haw for his brother, Aw Boon Par, the park was named after the Tiger Balm medical ointment that the siblings’ father had created.
Following its construction in Protected content , the grounds of the villa were opened to the public, reflecting Boon Haw’s deep passion for Chinese culture and mythology. Boon Haw personally supervised the artisans who created many of the parks original fixtures, in the hope that the park’s depiction of traditional virtues would provide moral guidance to the public.
When war broke out, the Aw family fled Singapore for Yangon (then known as Rangoon). The park was used as an observation point by the Japanese army, and it was only in the post-war years that Aw Boon Haw returned to Singapore, and began to rebuild the park.
From the Protected content to the Protected content , many members of the Aw family contributed to the park’s development. This included Boon Par’s son, Aw Cheng Chye, who made various additions to the park’s dioramas. His passion for travel led to the establishment of the park’s International Corners, which pay tribute to the cultures of the many countries he visited.
The space began to take its modern form in Protected content , when the Singapore Tourism Board took over the management of the grounds, and began revitalisation work on the space. The park’s dynamic evolution continues to this current day.
Protected content is famous for its vivid depictions of the Ten Courts of Hell from Chinese folklore. Many Singaporeans will cheekily reminisce about being brought there as children by their parents, to learn about the exacting nature of traditional Chinese morality.
Besides its trademark attraction, the cultural park is home to over 1,000 statues and Protected content , depicting surreal scenes from legendary works of Chinese literature such as Journey To The West, Madame White Snake, and the stories of the Eight Immortals.
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