Went to Haw Par Villa with Heathorn last week and took lots of pictures (almost 1 GB in total – hence I will separate this place into several posts).

A bit of this place’s history taken from here.

“Haw Par Villa, formerly called Tiger Balm Gardens, was originally constructed in 1937 by ‘Tiger Balm King’ Aw Boon Haw as a grand residence for his younger brother, Aw Boon Par, who helped create their fortune with the anagesic balm.  In English, Haw Par Villa translates as Villa of the Tiger and Leopard.

Aw Boon Haw then created an entertainment park to teach and preserve Chinese values.   The park’s colorful collection of over 1,000 statues and 150 giant tableaux centered around Chinese folklore, legends, history, and Confucian ideology.  Morality tales included classic battles between good and evil and tributes to Chinese cultural heroes such as the famous pugilist Wu Song, who tamed a ferocious tiger with his bare hands.”

Looks like a dancer in Thailand’s traditional dress.


Ever been wondering where will you go after death? Well, according to Chinese people, everybody will go to hell. 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 re-interpretations of these two traditions.

The concept of the “Ten Courts of Hell” began after Chinese folk religions were influenced by Buddhism. In Chinese mythology, the Jade Emperor put King Yama in charge of overseeing the affairs of hell (source: Wikipedia). I focus my current post for this place.

The entrance to the place where they showcase the diorama. The two statues are believed as the guardian of the door to hell by Chinese people. One guardian has the head of a horse while the other has the head of a bull.

The first court of hell diorama and its description.

The second court of hell.

Third court of hell.

Fourth court of hell (there is a typo on the description board).

Fifth court of hell.

Sixth court of hell, the crime and punishment.

Seventh court of hell.

Eighth court of hell (sorry for the dark picture, will update with the one made brighter once I’m in Melbourne).

Ninth court of hell.

The wheel of reincarnation, also known as “Samsara” literally means “continuous flow”, is the cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth or reincarnation within Buddhism, Hinduism, Bon, Jainism, Sikhism and other Indian religions. The concept of Samsara is closely associated with the belief that one continues to be born and reborn in various realms in the form of human, animal, or other being, depending on karma (or the deeds in previous life).