Singapore Journals

Haw Par Villa/Tiger Balm

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A travel journal to Singapore by nmagann

Haw Par Villa Theme Park Photo, Singapore City, Singapore More Photos
Quote: Searching for Hong Kong's folklore of Haw Par Villa, with forums indicating completely demolished, partially demolished to in need of repairs, I found nothing. The same steps repeated with Singapore produced success. The notorious, famous Tiger Balm Gardens!!!

Haw Par Villa Theme Park

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Attraction | "Courts of Hell"

Haw Par Villa Theme Park Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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The Courts of Hell seemed a bit ominous from the beginning. To begin with, this section of the park opens later and closes earlier than the rest of park, which is, not only free, but also opens as early as 7am and closes at 10pm. The next thing I noticed was that just before heading off into the tunnel, guarded by two fierce creatures, there is a wishing well. I thought about it, for no particular reason, however I had no coins.First stop inside the cave, or rather 600 meter long tail of a dragon, is standing before King Qinguang who judges you based on your past life deeds. If you have performed well, you will be directed across the Gold Bridge to paradise. If your good deeds substan...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2012

Haw Par Villa Theme Park
262 Pasir Panjang Road
Singapore, Malay Peninsula 118628
+65 6872 2003

Haw Par Villa Theme Park

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Attraction | "Eight Immortals"

Haw Par Villa Theme Park Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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The eight immortals play vital roles in Asian cultures. Statues and stories of them are found in temples, museums, parks, and many other places. The group is comprised of seven men and one woman. They are said to represent the young and old, rich and poor, noble and humble, and male and female. That being stated, is a women neither rich nor poor? Maybe just the man is the breadwinner. Apparently, she does not go through puberty or get old. I can live with that. I’m still pondering the noble and humble theory.Beyond serving as representation of various human statuses, each Immortal has a different talisman enabling him or her power to perform a great feat in the lives of mortals. I...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2012

Haw Par Villa Theme Park
262 Pasir Panjang Road
Singapore, Malay Peninsula 118628
+65 6872 2003

Haw Par Villa Theme Park

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Attraction | "Haw Par Villa/Tiger Balm Introduction"

Haw Par Villa Theme Park Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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Haw Par Villa, like Cirque de Solei, is as much an experience as it is something to behold. The materials used, the outlandish actions and scenes, costumes, and characters are impossible to bring to life even with the help of photos. I had seen some photos from long, long before digital cameras, when many more might have been taken, and read or heard little description other than that some sculptures were gruesome, unsettling, fanciful, or amusing. The large sign at the entry with long snake and ferocious tiger, meant after many years in trying to find out if any of the one in Hong Kong or Singapore remained, had finally ended in success. I had this place quietly to myself for all but ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2012

Haw Par Villa Theme Park
262 Pasir Panjang Road
Singapore, Malay Peninsula 118628
+65 6872 2003

Haw Par Villa Theme Park

Attraction | "Legendary Journey"

Haw Par Villa Theme Park Photo, Singapore, Asia
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Journey to the West, as told by a series of displays, is a story about a monk name Tripikata on his way to India to obtain and bring back Buddhist Scriptures. His three companions or disciples depending on the version accompany him. They include Pigsy, Sandy and Monkey God.Along the way, the Tree Demon minions attack them. The King of Reptiles captured Tripitaka while his friends were entombed. Ugly Meizan, a lizard imp develops a deep affinity for the monk who was determined to free his allies. She helps Tripikata and he frees Pigsy, Sandy and Monkey God. When Meizan is about to be judged, Tripikata comes to her aide and she is deemed loyal.Legend of Madam White Snake is...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2012

Haw Par Villa Theme Park
262 Pasir Panjang Road
Singapore, Malay Peninsula 118628
+65 6872 2003

Haw Par Villa Theme Park

Attraction | "Legacy Pond"

Haw Par Villa Theme Park Photo, Singapore, Asia
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The Legacy Pond is yet another unusual display of unique characters. This one is different in an yet another way. Unlike other dioramas and displays, it does not appear to be related to a any particular aspect of Buddhist, Confucius, or Taoist teachings. Nor does it represent Chinese folklore from long ago.However, in the Courts of Hell after punishment has been administered the topic of reincarnation is discussed. The notion of reincarnation in human form as well as another form is possible. Moreover, the being midway through the process has been written about.Another thought includes the idea that Chinese believe that from careful meditation all creatures can obtain hum...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 20, 2012

Haw Par Villa Theme Park
262 Pasir Panjang Road
Singapore, Malay Peninsula 118628
+65 6872 2003