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A voyage through the 10 Courts of Hell @ Haw Par Villa, Singapore


As those of you who know me are aware, I have a pretty strange sense of humour. If you are similar in nature then I strongly recommend a visit to Haw Par Villa in Singapore. It is the first place I take any visitors to Singapore to in order to dispel the myth that the red dot island is a boring dot island. This weekend, D and I took my parents to marvel at the intricate and colourful stories.

The park was built in 1937 by the Burmese-Chinese brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the developers of Tiger Balm. They had a vision of building a venue for teaching traditional Chinese values to younger generations.

The best known attraction in Haw Par Villa is the Ten Courts of Hell, which features gruesome depictions of Hell in Chinese mythology and Buddhism.

There are also a range of dioramas faturing various legends and mythological figures.There are also monuments dedicated to the Aw brothers and their parents.

The park is now open every day from 9 am to 7 pm and admission is free. You will learn a lot and smile a lot. It is easy to access via Haw Par Villa MRT station on the circle line.