Thursday, June 26, 2014

Revisit Haw Par Villa


Haw Par Villa is a Chinese mythology theme park in Singapore. Many of you might visited to Haw Par Villa in the early 90's where Singapore do not have much attractions at that time. To some of you, Haw Par Villa was your childhood outing memories.

Some of you might remembered riding the water boat ride, where it will be travelled to 10 courts of hell via the Dragon Mouth to view the  sculptures. During the boat journey, many parents would told their children that if you did something bad, you will end up to the gate of hell and will be punished in differences courts which you committed the crime.

For those who are more adventurous, you would loved the water slide as it was the only thrill ride at Haw Par Villa. You also can get to enjoy the live Chinese troop performance at the arena.

Soon, Singapore leisure industry start to prosper and many new and latest attractions are being built and it gave Haw Par Villa a big threat to survive of it own attraction.

Soon after, Haw Par Villa are getting less popular due to their costly entrance fee, inaccessible of transportation and less attraction to visit. Soon, it just died off. In March 2001, the Singapore Tourism Board renamed it "Tiger Balm Gardens" and the park admission is free.

Although there is a MRT station built right in front of the entrance and the admission is free, but somehow it could not attract any visitors as the park lack of eatery and there are not much entertainment attractions.

I think we should preserve our heritage and revive Haw Par Villa to it glory era once again. As it brings a lot of memories to most Singaporeans.

The authority perhaps should organise more culture events at Haw Par Villa and let the young Singaporean and the tourist to know more on Chinese heritage and better understanding of the Tiger Balm Gardens. Or they could add on more entertainment attractions and eatery stall to attract more visitors.

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