Enjoy an amazing world of Chinese folklore, legends and history at Haw par Villa. Built in 1937 by Aw Boon Haw as a residence for his younger brother, it was constructed as a place to teach traditional Chinese values. Then known as the Tiger Balm Gardens, the land on which the Gardens stood was acquired by the Government in 1985; thereafter the Aw family donated the statues and structures to the nation.
Journey to the East
The Villa has more than 1,000 colourful statures and 150 giant dioramas, depicting scenes from Chinese legends, history and Confucian ideology that will entertain and astonish you. Some of the statures that can be found at Haw Par Villa include the Laughing Buddha, the Fu Lu Shou, a 7,000 kg gorilla, the Ten Courts of Hell and even an incongruous Stature of Liberty. Entry to the villa has been free since 1996.
Daily 9am - 7pm
Free admission, Visitors’ discretion & parental guidance are advised due to the graphic nature of the exhibits
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