Haw Par Villa Overview

Haw Par Villa is a culture park of Asia, formerly renowned as Tiger Balm Garden. Haw Par Villa is a treasure trove encompassing culture, philosophy, religion and historical significance of Asia. This place is well-known as the most extensive outdoor gallery in Singapore to be claimed as the last of its kind creativity.

 Located on one of the Pasir Panjang hills, Haw Par Villa is an ancient park that was built in 1937 but went through a lot of changes after WWII. People visit here with their children to inculcate a sense of proper conduct and Chinese morality. You can be a part of either their Daily tour or Weekly Twilight Tour to explore the Villa entirely. Your entry into the Haw Par Villa shall be from the main gate which lies in the direction of Haw Par Villa MRT Station. As soon as you step in through the entrance of the Haw Par Villa, there’s a red brick road leading through a majestic archway.

 The main attraction of Haw Par Villa is the Ten Courts of Hell, which is known to possess spiritual significance. Besides the ten courts, Haw Par Villa has around 1000 statues lined across its 150 dioramas. The most significant of all the dioramas illustrates the White Snake Legend’s story, which in turn reflects one of the four great folktales from China. For those interested in exploring cultural landmarks, Haw Par Villa offers a unique experience, attracting visitors from around the world, including those seeking Singapore tours from India.

 All of them combine to evoke a great reflection and contemplation of Chinese mythology and its greatness. Elsewhere in the park, you will find a random distribution of the replicas of giant lobsters, goats, pandas, crab lady, and gorillas. Entrance Archway, Madam White Snake, Sumo Wrestlers, Jade House, Garuda, Statue of Liberty, Eight Immortals, Signature Pond, Pagoda Pond are some of the chief attractions here.

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• Over 1000 statues and 150 large dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese mythology, paintings, and Confucianism legends may be seen at Haw Par Villa
• Surreal scenarios from Chinese literature legends such as Journey to the West, Madame White Snake, and the stories of the Eight Immortals are depicted in here
• The Ten Courts of Hell, which are said to have spiritual significance, are the prime attraction at Haw Par Villa
• Sun Wukong the Monkey King, the most famous Chinese mythological character, also makes an appearance with his supreme cudgel


• Wheelchair Accessible

How To Reach

By Metro: Take Exit A from the Haw Par Villa MRT Station. The theme park is a one-minute walk from the station.

By Bus: Buses 10, 30, 30E, 51, 143, 188, and 200 stop at the Pasir Panjang Road bus interchange. Take any of these buses to the Haw Par Villa, which is only a minute away from the bus stop.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Haw Par Villa is anywhere in between December to March because the weather in Singapore is pleasant during these months to have a stroll through the Haw Par Villa.

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Here is the list of events at Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa keeps on scheduling different competitions and activities for entertainment and engagement of their visitors. Ninebots Experience is one of these events to introduce you to the mysterious world of Eclectic Cultural Park. For corporate bonding and school groups, you have something called ‘Journey to the End and Back Escape Game.’ This event will be full of riddles and puzzles distributed throughout the park.

Outdoor sunset yoga, Tai Chi sessions, Kombi Van Rides, Urban Sketchers, and Vintage Carnival are some of the critical features of Haw Par Villa Fiesta.

If you desire for some creative food and music, head towards the Noise Invasion Festival. Signature Pond, Experimental Music Workshop, Face Painting, and the Great Wall of Art are some of the key attractions here. Besides, there are many live concerts and performances scheduled by the Haw Par Villa officials. Feast Zones and Art Market are yet other worthy events to be a part of. Also, do not forget to keep track of their different workshops to boost your creativity and feed your desires.

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Attractions at Haw Par Villa

1.The Main Archway: As soon as you step in at the main entrance of Haw Par Villa, there’s a red brick road with a majestic archway. People capture some architectural beauty of this archway to collate memories of Haw Par Villa

2. Laughing Buddha: As you move further, there’s a big laughing buddha statue towards your first left, which forms the primary attraction of this place. It is in the sitting posture and has great spiritual importance in Chinese culture.

3. Sumo Wrestlers: Moving ahead, you can witness two sumo wrestlers in wrestling position and ready to beat each other and win the competition.

4. Mermaids: Next, you have mermaid exhibits which might be interesting for your children to learn about them.

5. Ten Courts of Hell: Although last to appear, Ten Courts of Hell is the vital attraction of Haw Par Villa. Every court here has got some significance underlying its contribution in the afterlife phase.

6. Horse Face and Ox-Head: These two are considered to be the guardian of the Ten Courts of Hell. Both of them have a human body; however, the Horse Face owes a face of the horse while the Ox-head owes the head of an Ox. According to Chinese mythology, these two are the first beings which a human soul encounters on its journey in the afterlife.

Besides those mentioned above, Hell’s Museum, 5-storey Pagoda, Sun Wukong, Vices & Virtues, and Memorial are other attractions here.

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Tours & Programmes at Haw Par Villa

1. Tours: Haw Par Villa organizes two different tours – Day tours and exclusive evening tours.

- Day tours: Finding your Tao in Haw Par Villa and Cultured Leopard, Rising Tiger are two-day tours here. The first one allows you to explore culture, religion, history, and philosophy of Asia. This tour lasts for an hour and will cost you around 10 Singapore Dollars per adult and 5 Singapore Dollar per child. The second tour is Cultured Leopard, Rising Tiger. This tour lasts for around 2. 5 hours and will cost you around 25 Singapore dollars per adult and 12.50 Singapore dollars per child.

- Exclusive Evening Tour: Journey to Hell is a unique evening tour organized at the Haw Par Villa. It introduces you with the concepts of death, and what happens after it. This tour will last for around 2 hours and will cost you around 20 Singapore dollars per adult and 10 Singapore dollars per child.

2. Team Bonding Program: The Great Haw Par Villa Heritage Race is an exclusive program celebrated here at the Haw Par Villa. Here, you can challenge, talk, or quiz your fellow companions to win the race against you. One racing event will last for a duration of around 2 to 2.5 hours.

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Restaurants near Haw Par Villa

1. Ju Shin Jung: Ju Shin Jung is a Korean restaurant wherein you can opt for one out of the three menus – West or Guillemard or Robertson Walk Menu. Korean Style Charcoal Barbeque is their top-rated local delicacies.

2. The Wild Restaurant: This restaurant serves fish, chips, burgers, and chicken wings. Burgers sold here are rated to be the best in town.

3. Michael’s Bar & Grill: This restaurant is open on all seven days of the week. You can take unique advantage of their gift cards and have your favorite local delicacies and cuisines. Michael’s Bar & Grill also offers catering services. In case you have any celebration lined up during your visit to the Haw Par Villa, plan your catering here.

4. Hooha Restaurant & Café: If your stomach craves for some mouth-watering fast food such as burgers, pasta or pizza head towards the Hooha Restaurant & Café. It’s the best of all fast food points in town. Nuggets, appetizers, garlic bread, and soups are some of the key dishes being served here.

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Tips for Visiting Haw Par Villa

- There are no admission fees to enter the Haw Par Villa. However, you need to pay a nominal fee to enter the Ten Courts of Hell. Also, there are charges for Daily Tour and Weekly Twilight Tour which you need to be aware of.

- If you want, you can hire a tour guide to be with you throughout your entire journey through the Haw Par Villa.

- You can book Haw Par Villa in case you need a venue for any events or celebrations.

- As Haw Par Villa is an open-air park, wear comfortable walking shoes.

- Haw Par Villa is dog-friendly, however, you need to lease your dogs. Muzzling of big dogs is mandatory as it will help the officials to ensure the safety of other visitors.

- You can inquire about the guided tours, great reads, and general information at the Haw Par Villa’s Visitors Centre.

- Haw Par Villa provides you with many facilities such as vending machines, toilets, train station, bus stop, car parking facilities, and a fish feed section.

- Before stepping in at the Haw Par Villa, you can go through the park map which is available on their brochure. For easy access to their catalog, visit their official website. 

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Point of Interest for Haw Par Villa
Hell’s Museum

Hell’s Museum

Hell's Museum, which covers 3,800 square meters, gives visitors a better knowledge of Haw Par Villa's infamous 10 Courts of Hell. Learn how the ideas behind graphic representations of afterlife sins and punishments evolved as ancient civilisations shared their traditions across time and space.

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Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre

This is the ultimate paradise right in front of the Hell's Museum. There are plenty of pleasantly chilled drinks and delectable nibbles for your refreshment. Also, check out their merchandise, latest items created just for you.

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The Sixth Milestone

The Sixth Milestone

The Sixth Milestone is a new transportation-themed bistro and cafe that serves guests simple local style kopi and teh, as well as a variety of beers and snacks. Relax and unwind adjacent to the lovely Pagoda Pond. Get rejuvenated by the ample wind in the park with their open-air dining space at Haw Par Villa's F&B paradise.

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Haw Par Villa FAQs

Why is the place called The Horrors Of Haw Par Villa?

The Horrors of Haw Par Villa is usually a scary yet stunning journey. This is a one-of-a-kind feature of the Haw Par Villa; the carving on these statues and displays truly conveys rage, vengeance, loss, and retribution. If you observe them carefully, you will find them to be carved out from wire mesh and plaster cement paste.

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Can I take food inside the Haw Par Villa?

No, you won’t be allowed to carry any outside food or other beverage inside the Haw Par Villa. However, once you are done with your visit to the Haw Par Villa, there are food courts around where you can enjoy your favorite local cuisines.

What are the safety measures for kids at Haw Par Villa?

Here are some safety measures you need to look into if you are bringing your child at the Haw Par Villa:

- Exhibits and displays at the Haw Par Villa might prove to be scary for children. Make sure that your child is enjoying and learning things instead of getting scared of them.

- Hold your child’s hands as you stroll through every nook and corner of the Haw Par Villa, this will make them feel protected.

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What are the key highlights of Haw Par Villa?

- Entrance Archway

- Sumo Wrestlers

- Statue of Liberty

- Madam White Snake

- Garuda

- Jade House

- Signature Pond

- Eight Immortals

- The romance of the Three Kingdoms

- Guan Yin

- Virtues & Vices

- Site of Former Villa

- Australian & African Corners

- Pagoda Pond

- Journey to the West

- Fu Lu Shou

- Hell’s Museum Complex

- Ten Courts of Hell

- Confucian Filial Piety

Is there any parking facility available at Haw Par Villa?

Yes, Haw Par Villa offers parking facilities to all its visitors. Their main parking lot on Pasir Panjang Road is open everyday from 7.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. (last entry: 9.30pm). Cars will be charged $5 per admission,

and motorcycles are charged $1 per admission. Please keep in mind that only cash payments are accepted.

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What are the restrictions of Haw Par Villa?

- Smoking and littering here and there are entirely restricted. So, make sure that neither you smoke nor litter anywhere.

- You are not allowed to carry any outside food or drinks within the Haw Par Villa premises. However, you can bring your own water bottle and get it refilled from the water refilling counters.

- Haw Par Villa is not easily accessible to bicycles, skateboards, and personal mobility devices.

- Finally, make sure that none of your companions either climbs or leans or sits on any of the sculptures inside the Haw Par Villa.

Is Haw Par Villa suitable for toddlers?

No, Haw Par Villa is not suitable for toddlers as the exhibits here might prove to be scary to them.

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