{singapore} tiger balm + haw par villa

November 14, 2015

When my mom visited Singapore almost 40 years ago, she visited a place called Tiger Balm Gardens. She described it as a weird park that acted as an ode to our beloved Tiger Balm. A couple of months ago, I visited Haw Par Villa. Little did I know, I was visiting the exact place my mom visited 40 years ago! Haw Par Villa must be the only theme park in the entire world filled with 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese mythology, folklore, legends, history, and Confucianism. Built in 1937, brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par created Haw Par Villa as a place to teach others about traditional Chinese values. It just so happens that they developed Tiger Balm, which is why the place is filled with tiger statues, too.

I got to Haw Par Villa super early, which ended up being my best deicison of the day because not only did that mean that it wasn’t that hot out yet, it also meant there weren’t that many people wandering around this free park yet. This meant I was free to get freaked out in the Ten Courts of Hell (super scary!) alone and amble around the rest of the park and looking at all the strangely mesmerizing statues at my own leisurely pace. By the time I left, the place was packed!

Read more about our Singapore adventure here: little india’s hindu temples little india’s buddhist templesdomed mosquefancy raffles hotelgiant fountain of wealthmerlion? clarke quay • river-scapest. andrew’s vaulted ceilingfort canning parkquick chinatown touronward sentosa sentosa’s feels sentosa’s island lifesentosa’s fort silososouthern-most pointkranji’s goatskranji’s resortkranji’s bollywood palau ubin’s monkeypalau ubin’s seaside palau ubin’s bike trails palau ubin’s chek jawa so botanical blue love

A Singapore’s tiger balm adventure:













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