I do know it was created in 1937 by the inventors of Tiger Balm. They wanted to give something back to community. The other thing I know came from a sign posted outside the gates. It said the following:
[Haw Par Villa is] a unique garden that is rich in educational value and grand in architecture. It is an undisputed wonderland of beautiful landscape and over a thousand sculptures which artistically portray stories and events based on famous Chines historical personalities, mythology and legends.There was another sign at the gate.
With all that, welcome to:
Let's enter and see the bizarre.
Now, before we go too far, let's stop for some refreshments. There is a snack bar there, which wasn't open, but there were vending machines and restrooms. We both got something to drink and even those were worth mentioning.
Frankie went with an orange soda which was a lot like a Fanta or Sunkist while I decide to try something new.
It tasted good. I would probably drink it again. It was non-carbonated and sweet but, did you notice what that one part said?
There were indeed crunchy bits! There were actual water chestnuts in the water chestnut drink! Go figure.
Now for some picture to feast your eyes on. These I have no descriptions for except for the ones I made up. There were some signs for some of these but not all. I either thought they were pretty or pretty weird. I leave you to decide which is which.
Hey, look, the Chinese Buddha again!
There was a sign for this one. It told about the monkey god's flower fruit kingdom where all his monkey followers would bring him fruit. The monkey god let his powers go to his head and he disrupted a feast of the heavens where he ate up all the divine peaches. This angered Buddha who then punished him by trapping him under the mountains.
Now back to no signs. So you guess is as good as mine as to why there is a turtle and a frog riding ostriches.
I wish I knew what was going on here! I really do, but no such luck.
This one had a sign. It tells the tale of friendship and loyalty. Friends were having a picnic when one of them spotted a bear (that is the white animal, they must have been in the Arctic having this picnic). Instead of telling his friend what he saw, he just ran away leaving the other one to be eaten by the bear. The one left pretended to play dead. This fooled the bear who gave chase to the one running. The bear killed the one who ran. Moral of the story, think of your friends first and not yourself.
These next ones had no sign, so I have no clue. They were interesting though.
Crazy enough, this next one was my favorite. I mean seriously, when was the last time you saw a chicken-headed woman trying to stop a duck-headed man from leaving while another chicken-headed woman protest his leaving as well??
And now for the Ten Courts of Hell!
I know it says it is graphic, and maybe back in the 1930's it was, but nowadays we are so desensitized by television, movies, and the news that it really doesn't seem that bad. I found it more interesting than anything.
It is a little bit strange though. It is in a darkened building with little ventilation which made it super hot in there, but we came this far, there is no backing out now.
Let's go in.
I apologize for the quality of some of the pictures. It was really dark in there and I didn't want to use flash. I am going to show you the description of each court of hell (because really, you NEED to see the levels, some of them make no sense) and a picture depicted one part of the description. I, of course, will choose the goriest picture because that's what I do.
The Eleventh Court of Hell is walking out of that hot building back into the equally hot Singaporean weather, which you can only escape by getting on a plane and heading home to Texas. There you will have to wait many many months for summer to pass and then finally finally finally cooler weather will come and will stay for a little while.
This concludes my posts on Singapore. I hope you enjoyed reading them all!
Stay tuned for our next adventure!