ABOUT

Journey to a place of wondrous legends

Haw Par Villa - formerly known as the Tiger Balm Garden – is an 8.5-hectare Asian cultural park, the last of its kind in the world. Built in 1937, Singapore’s largest outdoor art gallery is the brainchild of Aw Boon Haw, the millionaire philanthropist and marketing extraordinaire who gifted the world Tiger Balm. The eclectic park is a treasure trove of Asian culture, history, philosophy and religion – quirky yet enlightening, at the same time. Since 2015, it is managed by award-winning heritage specialist Journeys Pte Ltd, which has taken on the task of bringing back the park’s glory days.

Ascend, dear wanderers,

on the signature red brick road, through the majestic entrance archway. Look out for Chinese classics such Journey to the West and the Eight Immortals. Tigers, leopards and dragons lurk in corners. Rolling hills and caves evoke contemplation and reflection. Elsewhere in the park, animals of all shapes and sizes beckon: goats, pandas, rabbits, gorillas, giant lobsters, even a crab-lady, the list goes on. Here - use this map – it will show you the way around the park. Enter the park via the main gate close to the Haw Par Villa MRT Station.

The Main Archway

5-storey Pagoda

Sun Wukong

Also known as the Monkey King, is a mythological figure who features in a body of legends, which can be traced back to the period of the Song dynasty. He appears as a main character in the 16th century Chinese classical novel Journey to the West (西游记). Sun Wukong is also found in many later stories and adaptations. In the novel, he is a monkey born from a stone who acquires supernatural powers through Taoist practices. After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain by the Buddha, he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from "the West".

Mermaids

Mermaids are included in the Shanhaijing (Classic of Mountains and Seas) compilation of Chinese geography and mythology, dating from the 4th century BC. A 15th-century compilation of quotations from Chinese literature tells of a mermaid who "wept tears which became pearls".

Ten Courts of Hell

The realm of the dead or "hell" in Chinese mythology. It is loosely based on a combination of the Buddhist concept of Naraka, traditional Chinese beliefs about the afterlife and a variety of popular expansions and reinterpretations of these two traditions.

It is typically depicted as a subterranean maze with various levels and chambers, to which souls are taken after death to atone for the sins they committed when they were alive. The exact number of levels in Hell and their associated deities differ between Buddhist and Taoist interpretations. Some speak of three to four "courts"; others mention "Ten Courts of Hell", each of which is ruled by a judge (collectively known as the Ten Yama Kings); other Chinese legends speak of the "Eighteen Levels of Hell". Each court deals with a different aspect of atonement and different punishments; most legends claim that sinners are subjected to gruesome tortures until their "deaths", after which they are restored to their original state for the torture to be repeated.

Memorial

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A memorial dedicated to the Aw brothers' parents

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A memorial dedicated to the Aw brothers' parents

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A memorial dedicated to the Aw brothers' parents

Hell's Museum

Coming Soon

Horse-Face & Ox-Head

The two guardians or types of guardians of the Underworld in Chinese mythology. As indicated by their names, both have the bodies of men, but Ox-Head has the head of an ox while Horse-Face has the face of a horse. They are the first beings a dead soul encounters upon entering the Underworld; in many stories they directly escort the newly dead to the Underworld.

Laughing Buddha

Budai, Hotei or Pu-Tai (Chinese and Japanese: 布袋; pinyin: Bùdài; rōmaji: Hotei; Vietnamese: Bố Đại) is a Chinese folkloric deity. His name means "Cloth Sack", and comes from the bag that he is conventionally depicted as carrying. He is usually identified with or seen as an incarnation of Maitreya, the future Buddha, so much so that the Budai image is one of the main forms in which Maitreya is depicted in China. He is almost always shown smiling or laughing, hence his nickname in Chinese, the Laughing Buddha (Chinese: 笑佛; pinyin: Xiào Fó).

Sumo Wrestlers

Guanyin

Guanyin or Guan Yin is an East Asian bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by Mahayana Buddhists. She is commonly known as the "Goddess of Mercy" in English and Gayatri in Hindi. The Chinese name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, meaning "[The One Who] Perceives the Sounds of the World".

Chicken Den

Vices & Virtues

Ten Courts of Hell

The realm of the dead or "hell" in Chinese mythology. It is loosely based on a combination of the Buddhist concept of Naraka, traditional Chinese beliefs about the afterlife and a variety of popular expansions and reinterpretations of these two traditions.

It is typically depicted as a subterranean maze with various levels and chambers, to which souls are taken after death to atone for the sins they committed when they were alive. The exact number of levels in Hell and their associated deities differ between Buddhist and Taoist interpretations. Some speak of three to four "courts"; others mention "Ten Courts of Hell", each of which is ruled by a judge (collectively known as the Ten Yama Kings); other Chinese legends speak of the "Eighteen Levels of Hell". Each court deals with a different aspect of atonement and different punishments; most legends claim that sinners are subjected to gruesome tortures until their "deaths", after which they are restored to their original state for the torture to be repeated.

5-storey Pagoda

Sun Wukong

Also known as the Monkey King, is a mythological figure who features in a body of legends, which can be traced back to the period of the Song dynasty. He appears as a main character in the 16th century Chinese classical novel Journey to the West (西游记). Sun Wukong is also found in many later stories and adaptations. In the novel, he is a monkey born from a stone who acquires supernatural powers through Taoist practices. After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain by the Buddha, he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from "the West".

Mermaids

Mermaids are included in the Shanhaijing (Classic of Mountains and Seas) compilation of Chinese geography and mythology, dating from the 4th century BC. A 15th-century compilation of quotations from Chinese literature tells of a mermaid who "wept tears which became pearls".

Ten Courts of Hell

The realm of the dead or "hell" in Chinese mythology. It is loosely based on a combination of the Buddhist concept of Naraka, traditional Chinese beliefs about the afterlife and a variety of popular expansions and reinterpretations of these two traditions.

It is typically depicted as a subterranean maze with various levels and chambers, to which souls are taken after death to atone for the sins they committed when they were alive. The exact number of levels in Hell and their associated deities differ between Buddhist and Taoist interpretations. Some speak of three to four "courts"; others mention "Ten Courts of Hell", each of which is ruled by a judge (collectively known as the Ten Yama Kings); other Chinese legends speak of the "Eighteen Levels of Hell". Each court deals with a different aspect of atonement and different punishments; most legends claim that sinners are subjected to gruesome tortures until their "deaths", after which they are restored to their original state for the torture to be repeated.

Sun Wukong

Also known as the Monkey King, is a mythological figure who features in a body of legends, which can be traced back to the period of the Song dynasty. He appears as a main character in the 16th century Chinese classical novel Journey to the West (西游记). Sun Wukong is also found in many later stories and adaptations. In the novel, he is a monkey born from a stone who acquires supernatural powers through Taoist practices. After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain by the Buddha, he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from "the West".

Hell's Museum

Coming Soon

Horse-Face
& Ox-Head

The two guardians or types of guardians of the Underworld in Chinese mythology. As indicated by their names, both have the bodies of men, but Ox-Head has the head of an ox while Horse-Face has the face of a horse. They are the first beings a dead soul encounters upon entering the Underworld; in many stories they directly escort the newly dead to the Underworld.

Laughing Buddha

Budai, Hotei or Pu-Tai (Chinese and Japanese: 布袋; pinyin: Bùdài; rōmaji: Hotei; Vietnamese: Bố Đại) is a Chinese folkloric deity. His name means "Cloth Sack", and comes from the bag that he is conventionally depicted as carrying. He is usually identified with or seen as an incarnation of Maitreya, the future Buddha, so much so that the Budai image is one of the main forms in which Maitreya is depicted in China. He is almost always shown smiling or laughing, hence his nickname in Chinese, the Laughing Buddha (Chinese: 笑佛; pinyin: Xiào Fó).

Sumo Wrestlers

Guanyin

Guanyin or Guan Yin is an East Asian bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by Mahayana Buddhists. She is commonly known as the "Goddess of Mercy" in English and Gayatri in Hindi. The Chinese name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, meaning "[The One Who] Perceives the Sounds of the World".

Chicken Den

Vices & Virtues

Map Legend

Archways

Sheltered Pavilions

Hell's Museum (Coming soon)

Toilets

Parking Lots

Archways

Sheltered
Pavilions

Hell's Museum (Coming soon)

Parking Lots

Toilets

OPERATIONAL HOURS

OPENING HOUR

OPENING HOURS:
9.00am – 7.00pm (last entry 6pm)

TEN COURTS OF HELL OPENING HOURS:
9.00am-6.00pm (last entry 5.45pm)

Open daily, including weekends and Public Holidays

ADMISSION IS FREE

CONTACT

CONTACT

HAW PAR VILLA MANAGEMENT OFFICE:
262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118 628

OFFICE HOURS:
9.00am-6.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Office is closed on weekends and public holidays

TELEPHONE:
6773 0103

EMAIL (For general enquiries):
HPV@journeys.com.sg

EMAIL (For leasing opportunities): HPV_leasing@journeys.com.sg

GETTING THERE

GETTING THERE

Haw Par Villa is located along Pasir Panjang Road, easily accessible via public transport and car. The MRT station is just a minute's walk from the entrance of the park.

ADDRESS:
262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118 628

REACHING THERE BY TRAIN:
Haw Par Villa Station CC25 (Circle Line)

REACHING THERE BY BUS:
Bus Stop (16019), one minute walk away:

Bus no. 10, 30, 30e, 51, 143, 188, 200

Bus Stop (16011), opp Haw Par Villa Station:
Bus no. 10, 30, 30e, 51, 143, 188, 200

Bus Stop (16229): Bus no. 175, 176, 589

PARKING

PARKING

Available at Haw Par Villa, Science Park & Westway Shopping Mall

COACH BAY:
 4 coach lots available

It is an open-air park, so bring your brolly and wear comfortable walking shoes. Cameras are essential if you love fond memories and sharing them. Haw Par Villa is probably the most Instagram-able place in Singapore!

TOURS & PROGRAMMES

Continue your adventure
and join the brand new weekly tour

JOURNEYS TO HELL:

Death and the Afterlife in
HAW PAR VILLA™

See the park in a new light – after dark, if you dare! Learn how death stalked the Aw family, and what Boon Haw did to confront his mortality. Get a sneak preview of the upcoming “Hell’s Museum”, with perspectives of the afterlife across various religions. Step into the infamous 10 Courts of Hell to see what will get you dismembered and drowned in a pool of blood. And we’ll show you how some Singaporeans communicate with the afterlife. We promise you’ll never see dying – and living – in the same way again.

Every Friday night (excluding Public Holidays):
6:30pm-8:30pm

Meet at Haw Par Villa MRT Station (outside Exit A)

  • AdultS$18

  • Child (7-12 years old)S$9

  • Student SpecialS$15*

*Please present matriculation card for verification


No tour on 16 Feb 2018 due to
Chinese New Year Public Holidays

EVENTS

Gather around, mortals and all,

around our roundtable of events. There’s something for all adventurers, wee or tall! Join in Haw Par Villa’s 80th Anniversary Fiesta (28-29 Oct 2017, 9am-10.30pm) with free tours, lifestyle activities, music concert, performances, art market and thrills for daredevils!

Haw Par Villa 80th Anniversary Fiesta


Mark your calendar for the Haw Par Villa 80th Anniversary Fiesta and gear up for a fun-filled weekend of free tours, music and dance performances, movie screening, showcases, interactive experiences, other lifestyle activities…the list goes on!

DATE: 28 - 29 Oct 2017 / [CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PROGRAMME]

Noise Invasion Festival


programmed by Noise Singapore (an initiative by National Arts Council) & Invasion SG / Celebrate individuality and creativity at the inaugural Noise Invasion Festival and enjoy a killer line up of music, art, dance and food at Haw Par Villa. Dress up in a group of 4 or more and stand to win attractive prizes! #GetWeird

DATE: 28 Oct 2017 / TIME: 6.00pm – 10.30pm / [MORE INFO HERE]

Cultured Leopard, Rising Tiger Tour


by Journeys Pte Ltd / “When a tiger dies, it leaves its skin. When a man dies, he leaves his name.” Enter the tiger’s den. Take an unforgettable magical journey through the whimsical landscape of Haw Par Villa (former Tiger Balm Garden).

DATE: 28 & 29 Oct 2017 / TIME: 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm (Both Days) / [BOOK NOW]

Journeys To Hell Tour


by Journeys Pte Ltd / “The sea of bitterness has no bounds; repent and you will reach the shore.” Get a sneak preview of our upcoming Hell’s Museum, a space dedicated to death and the afterlife, and discover the rich culture and philosophy behind the much-maligned 10 Courts of Hell.

DATE: 28 & 29 Oct 2017 / TIME: 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm (Both Days) / [BOOK NOW]

Free Outdoor Yoga


by Yoga with Aileen / Strengthen your mind and body with a complimentary Hatha yoga session (beginner-friendly!) at the lush surrounds of Haw Par Villa.

DATE: 28 & 29 Oct 2017 / TIME: 5.30pm – 6.30pm / [BOOK HERE]

Free Tea Appreciation Session


by Tea Cottage / Enjoy a spot of tea with us at Haw Par Villa! Learn how to appreciate tea and understand the health benefits of tea in this hour-long complimentary tea appreciation session.

DATE: 28 & 29 Oct 2017 / TIME: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.00pm (28 Oct); 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 3.00pm (29 Oct) / [BOOK HERE]

Free Calligraphy Session


by Yang Yi / Master the art of calligraphy in this complimentary calligraphy session at Haw Par Villa, where you will learn how to write symbolic characters fluidly using traditional brush and ink.

DATE: 28 Oct 2017 / TIME: 1.30pm – 5pm (Calligraphy session, walk-ins welcome); 10.00am – 6.00pm (Calligraphy Showcase)

Free Tai Chi Session


by Xin Ying Wushu Training Centre / Join us for an invigorating session of Tai Chi, an exercise rich in cultural heritage. You’ll be all set to develop flexibility, strength, coordination, focus and balance at the breezy courtyard of Haw Par Villa!

DATE: 28 Oct 2017 / TIME: 3.00pm – 6.00pm / [MORE INFO HERE]

Mini Art Showcase


by Glacy Soh / Marvel at the local artist’s vibrant paintings on Peranakan culture, the local Chinese Opera and her interpretation on iconic sites of Haw Par Villa.

DATE: 27 – 29 Oct 2017 / TIME: 9.00am – 7.00pm / [MORE INFO HERE]

Vintage Carnival


by Kombi Rocks / Feast your eyes on the vintage car exhibition and take fun snaps at the photobooth, housed within a beautifully-restored VW Kombi. What’s more, get a rare chance to enjoy joy rides in nostalgic vintage cars at Haw Par Villa!

DATE: 28 & 29 Oct 2017 / TIME:9.00am – 10.30pm / [MORE INFO HERE]

Parkour & Kali Workshops


by Superfly Monkey Dragons / Create art in motion and enjoy the freedom of using any space as a canvas! Build strength, power, endurance and co-ordination – kick-start your journey with exciting workshops at Haw Par Villa.

[Haw Par Villa Fiesta EXCLUSIVE - 50% OFF SESSIONS] Simply key in the code ‘hawparvilla’ upon booking and get 50% off the session price (U.P $25)

DATE: 28 & 29 Oct 2017 / TIME: Various timings, see booking page / [BOOK HERE]

‘UN-CEASING’ – An Interactive Horror Play


by 2Tango / Experience the blood-curdling story of the wounded which returns to seek revenge. Journey through the 10 Courts of Hell in this thrilling interactive horror play, the first of its kind at Haw Par Villa!

DATE: 27 & 28 Oct 2017 / TIME: Various timings, see booking page / [BOOK HERE]

Escape Games


by Lockdown SG / Gather clues and solve puzzles as you scour the expansive grounds of Haw Par Villa in this family-friendly, team-based game. Each team comprises of 6 members – have fun with your friends and make new ones!

DATE: 29 Oct 2017 / TIME: 1.30pm, 3.15pm & 5.00pm / [BOOK HERE]

GALLERY

Peer into our looking glass,

for wonders await! Explore the park through our eyes, see travellers’ snaps, be the first to hear about upcoming events and activities – a peek is all you need!

JOBS

Now Hiring...

Docent cum Visitor Services Officer
/ Visitor Sevices Officer

Calling all History Buffs! Share your love for history and culture with visitors around the globe at the iconic Haw Par Villa.
Click on the poster below for more info.

VENUE HIRE

Make your event extraordinary,

hold it in Haw Par Villa - there’s no place like this in the world! Talk to us and we will show you just the space.  Surrounded by a lush and wondrous landscape, make your event an iconic and unforgettable experience.

Drop us a message at HPV@journeys.com.sg to make magic happen.

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