Singapore Trip 2015 (Part 2) : Haw Par Villa11:16:00 PM
Yes, i just got back from Japan, not Singapore-however i still haven't really touched the surface of our June-July Spore-Malaysia 2015 trips (seriously, lazy bug begone!!!) T.T and i can't start blogging about Japan before i finish my previous trips (the OCD in me is strong). I suddenly got the unexpected urge to write about my travels again (mainly because while we were in Japan, Lily suddenly said to me "When are you going to blog about this ya ce" because she knows i haven't even finish blogging about SG/Malay yet *sigh*. I was like, oh someone's actually looking forward for my travel posts? So yeah, thanks for the unintended mood booster Lily!) so here i am, dusting off the virtual dusts of our photos from half a year ago!
My second post about Singapore is all about Haw Par Villa!
|With my big family! KC's missing because he was the one taking this pic!|
I haven't been to Haw Par Villa since i was a kid, but i always remember about this place because their Ten Courts of Hell "ride" totally fascinated me (it still does). No need to remind me what a strange kid i was, all things supernatural has always been naturally attractive to me, even when i was 7. I can't explain why. Anyway, decided to go there because neither hunny nor Little O had ever been there, i strongly believe they should (mainly because they have strange tastes like me).
For you who has never been to (or even heard of) Haw Par Villa, it's actually described as.... a Theme Park. Kinda weird because when you say theme park, i immediately think of Disneyland or Universal Studio. Well, it's nothing like that. It is a park alright, and it's themed (Chinese mythology and folklore is the theme), but it's not really a kiddie's playground sort of place. Oh, unless you want to scare your kid into being good, then bring them to the Ten Courts of Hell, i'm sure they'd behave themselves (at least for a week after) teehee. You'll see why later, i'll show you in great details (when do i never)! (For reference, this article calls it Singapore's Most Bizzare Theme Park).
It has not always been like this, i remember there used to be a few rides (normal rides, like jet coaster kind of rides) when i was little-i thought i mixed the memory up with other places but upon some investigating on the net, i wasn't wrong after all. There used to be some rides when they started charging for entrance fee, but then the place went bankrupt fast *LOL*. Now, no more rides (for less maintenance i guess)....
Let's start from the beginning okay!
|Haw Par Villa|
262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118628
|From the entrance you can feel the super thick Chinese vibe already, right?|
The weather was CRAZY HOT (one of the reasons why we kept on postponing our plans to go there... For years, nonetheless LOLOLOL), once we emerged from the MRT station exit we immediately :
|Flocked the ice cream Uncle LOL|
|KC was already doing his usual antics :P|
|Okay loh, we're ready to face the heat!|
|Yes, it's free. And it's unique. The more reason to visit this place at least once when you visit Singapore|
|Oh, i should probably warn you that this post is very photo heavy and most pictures are of Chinese statues-because that's what this park is all about! No rides okay, just statues. Good for those who are interested in a more cultural thingy|
|Ten Courts of Hell IS the main attraction and also our main destination|
|We did get distracted on our way there haha|
|A bit about the park's history right there|
|Would you ever be interested to decorate your car with a lion's head?|
|We're finally got to the destination. Sorry, can't help ourselves!|
|Remember what i said about spooking your kids into behaving? This is nothing compared to what's inside...|
|This poor fella looks extra sad...|
|Not sure what this diorama means, do animals also have their own version of hell or something|
|But before we entered, we got distracted again by a wishing pond. We're Chinese mah, kiasu all the way, need to ask for fortune and success in any way we can *LOL*|
|Yes, that's my sis CW dressed like a crazy Cheena-woman because she's deadly afraid of turning dark -___-. As if we can be dark. I tried tanning and nothing turned my deadly pale skin darker for more than a week or so|
|Okay okay, who's excited for our visit to hell? Hehe|
|King Qingguang looks suspiciously like Judge Bao|
|Now we all know what awaits most of Indonesian' officials in the afterlife :D they should pack winter wears for their dead suits :p|
|Human BBQ, anyone?|
|There used to be sound effects of tortured people's cries -___- imagine being alone there, at night...|
|I found it hilarious how the guy in the tower had his hand on his friend's shoulder, like they're casually watching a parade or something. So there are break times in hell, i suppose...|
|This aren't part of the diorama, just us fascinated by them *LOL*|
|Sorry very blurry again, if you can't read it says the punishment for rumour-mongers and sowing discord among family members would get their tongue pulled out! Rapist and driving someone to their death would be thrown into wok of boiling oil|
|That's the ceiling, btw. The place's totally intricate and full of details|
|Is it just me but this pic looks more like the demon's feeding the guy...|
|OMG cheating during examinations would get your intestines pulled out! Wouldn't it means... 80% of all school goers? Yes, me included >.<!|
|You might not be able to judge from the photos, but most of the statues are quite small. Here's a pic for you to estimate the size|
|Those guys must be grateful to get to this stage, eh!|
Okay done! How do you like our tour to hell? Disturbing enough? This post is not over yet though, there are a lot of other statues to examine outside the hell!
|Again i'm not sure what these statues means... Maybe making animal fight for money makes us like animals?|
|How "Hell" looks from the exit|
|It looks's like a weird carousel for me|
|Tourist mode : on|
|How cute is my Little O and his owl backpack?|
|Tiger Balm! *insert advertisement*|
|I like how KC is looking up like that in this pic, like he was in despair "Must we climb all the way there? Seriously? In this heat?" LOL|
|Before i take him to China for real let him pose with this first, ok?|
|Seriously, i felt like we're somewhere in Mainland China|
|Again, being totally Chinese and kiasu, flocking to the Money God and grabbing his golds!|
|Thinking of striking 10x for extra everything, but then got worried that the gods would punish us for being kiasu...|
|Told ya, wherever there's a word "for wealth" or whatever, we just gotta do it! It's in the makeup of our D... N... A #sings|
|Memorials for the original owners of the park|
|There are like, MILLIONS (okay, exaggeration alert) more statues in this place but of course i only snap pics of 10% of them or so la|
|Dunno why this part kinda reminds me of Chinese cemetaries -____-|
|I love the blue depicting the sea... Somehow this part looks very cooling.. Unfortunately it only LOOKS cooling, it's boiling hot here as well of course hahahaha|
|Lots of tiny grottoes and caves for you to explore, makes me feel claustrophobic just looking at them though... I don't really like cramped placed at all!|
|Eh, also dunno why there's Liberty statue here haha. But there are statues representing countries around the world in this park as well|
And with that Sumo pose photo of Little O, i am ending this post! My next post would be about S.E.A Aquarium, hope y'all excited for it! In the meantime, what do you think about Haw Par Villa? Interesting? Weird? Twisted?