Q: Is Haw Par Villa Free?
A: Entry to Haw Par Villa is FREE! There is an option for guided tours at a cost of $10/$5 (adult/child) for the daily 9:30 am to 10:30 am tour and $20/$10 (adult/child) for the Friday Twilight Tour at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Q: Who built Haw Par Villa?
A: Haw Par Villa was developed by Aw Boon Haw, a millionaire philanthropist who created Tiger Balm (the park was originally called the Tiger Balm Garden).
Q: When was Haw Par Villa built?
A: Haw Par Villa was built in 1937.
Q: Where is Haw Par Villa?
A: Haw Par Villa is located at 262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118 628, directly next to the Haw Par Villa MRT station CC25
Q: Is Haw Par Villa appropriate for children?
A: Yes and no. The large outdoor gallery is mostly family-friendly, except there is violence and nudity depicted in some of the sculptures (e.g. fighting, a lady having her throat slashed and mermaids with exposed breasts). Many of the exhibits have tunnels and paths which children (and adults) will love exploring. The Ten Courts of Hell is very dark and depicts graphic violence, so it probably isn't the best for smaller children (there is a warning sign at the front of the area).
Q: What is there to see and do at Haw Par Villa?
A: There are two main areas, the large outside gallery and the undercover and very dark Ten Courts of Hell. The outdoor gallery is full of large colourful sculptures which depict Asian history, philosophy and religion. Many of the exhibits are like playgrounds and can be explored via tunnels and paths. Since the popularity of smartphones and social media, the large outdoor gallery at Haw Par Villa has become a selfie heaven. The Ten Courts of Hell loosely depicts the afterlife in Chinese mythology and is held with a dark, man-made, cave-like structure with small areas depicting the different Courts of Hell. Each exhibit deals with a different sin and the violent punishments and tortures undertaken within the court. For example, if you "cause trouble for parents or family" you get sawn in half (a bit harsh I think!).
Q: What are the transport options for Haw Par Villa?
A: The best way to access Haw Par Villa is via the nearby Haw Par Villa MRT station CC25 (Circle Line).
Q: What facilities are available at Haw Par Villa?
A: Toilets are available as well as some tables and chairs. At the time of writing, there are limited food options within the park (only vending machines and some packaged snacks in the Visitor Centre).
Q: How much time to spend at Haw Par Villa?
A: It will keep you and your family and friends entertained for an hour or two.