Haw Par Villa

haw par villa

The park, originally called “Tiger Balm Gardens”, was built in 1937 by brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the developers of Tiger Balm, as a venue for teaching traditional Chinese values. The site was purchased by Aw in 1935. The brothers are originally from Burma (Myanmar) and they were famed as the Tiger Balm Kings from Rangoon (Yangon), the former capital of present day Myanmar. The Aw brothers moved their business to Singapore in 1926 and achieved great heights. While expanding their business empire was important, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par firmly believed that one should contribute to society. In 1988, the Singapore Tourism Board took over the running of the Tiger Balm Gardens and re-named it as Haw Par Villa Dragon World. The statues were restored while retaining the original flavour.


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This park is probably on most Singaporeans’ childhood memories if they were born in the 70’s or 80’s as I remembered that this was 1 of the parks that my parents brought me.

10 courts of hell
The infamous statues of the 10 courts of hell, showing all the different forms of punishment one can meet since Buddhist believed in reincarnation.

mermaids frolicking
Found some ancient mermadis frolicking in the sun.

laughing buddha
Do you remember taking photo of the laughing Buddha when you were there? I am sure I had 1 photo of it when I was young.

How can you not have a tiger in a Tiger Balm Garden?

Dragon pearl
Some of the statues were restored to mint condition and some of the art works were done up later when the park was converted to a theme park.

old chinese tales
Lot of stories and meanings from these statues.

Another picturesque place that you probably had it in your old photo album 🙂

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