tiger balm gardens


Probably my favourite place ever in my little island of a hometown. Haw Par Villa also known as psychedelic Tiger Balm Gardens is a theme park filled with gruesome and intricate dioramas of Chinese mythology, folklore and Confucianism which were built in the 1930s. The Courts of Hell attraction used to be set inside a beautiful 60-metre long trail of a Chinese dragon but the dragon has so unfortunately been demolished.


Tiger Balm Gardens is the name of public gardens that existed in three East Asia locations. They are also known as Haw Par Villa gardens.

All three Tiger Balm Garden locations were built by the Aw family (Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par). They were created to promote the Tiger Balm products produced by the family.

The original garden was located in Hong Kong but is now closed. The second is in Singapore (The one above), and a third is in Fujian province of Mainland China.

The gardens contain statues and dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese folklore, legends, history and illustrations of various aspects of Confucianism.

Taken by me in Singapore.