Haw Par Villa

Learn about Chinese mythology and the Ten Courts of Hell 

haw par villa entrance

Entrance to Haw Par Villa

This is also called the Tiger Balm Gardens. Sometimes described as one of the world’s weirdest attractions, the compounds of Haw Par Villa display the widest variety of grotesque effigies ever seen on soil. This so-called “theme park” brings to life-size more than 1,000 characters from Chinese legends and myths, and sometimes, the runaway imaginations of their creators.

One of it famous attractions is the Ten Courts of Hell – a depiction of the fate of those who go against the values of Confucianism. Each court hands out punishments similar to those the offender had committed during his life’s time – except that the punishments are greatly intensified. Parental Guidance may be necessary in the Ten Courts of Hell.

What to see and do

  • God of Happiness, Wealth and Longevity
  • Eight Immortals
  • Virtues and Vices
  • Saga of The Immortals
  • Pavilion and Pagoda
  • Pond of Legacy
  • Hua Song Museum
  • Madam White Snake
  • Journey to the West
  • Ten Courts of Hell
  • Aw Family Memorial
  • Haw Par House

Estimated Touring Time
2 to 3 hours

The best time to visit
Admission is free. Opening hours are from 9am to 7pm. Opens daily.

How to get there
After alighting from the train, just look for the Haw Par Villa directional sign.

How to get back
Same where you arrived.

More pictures


Entrance to the Ten Courts of Hell


One of the Ten Courts where justice is dispensed


The Gods of Happiness, Wealth and Longevity

haw par villa pagoda bridge

Pagoda and bridge

haw par villa mermaids


Modern stories carved in stones

One of many quirky scenes

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