Singapore’s Haw Par Villa Is Probably The Most Bizarre Theme Park You’ll Ever See


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Amusement parks like Disneyland and Disney World are magical havens full of endless fun, but they sure generate some creepy urban legends.

Luckily, you can just ignore those kinds of stories and enjoy your favorite theme parks in blissful ignorance. But could you imagine a park where those legends sit at the helm of their business model? That's exactly what you'll find at Haw Par Villa, which is Singapore's most bizarre park.

Formerly called the Tiger Balm Gardens, the park was originally built in
1937 to celebrate Chinese culture, but it turned out to be so much weirder than anticipated. Its many statues and dioramas depict very strange and disturbing scenes from Chinese legends, mythology, history, and lore. They look to me like hallucinations from a bad drug trip or things that should just say in people's nightmares. See a few of them for yourself in the images below.

Nothing says "this is so much fun" quite like getting your organs ripped out.

Nothing says "this is so much fun" quite like getting your organs ripped out.

Flickr / Walter Lim

Just some severed heads, nothing to see here.

Just some severed heads, nothing to see here.

Flickr / Walter Lim

"If you could hurry up with the sacrifice, that'd be great."

"If you could hurry up with the sacrifice, that'd be great."

Flickr / Rudy Herman

"Crab people, crab people." (Sorry, I couldn't help it.)

"Crab people, crab people." (Sorry, I couldn't help it.)

Flickr / Rudy Herman

Something tells me he's not helping the rabbit…

Something tells me he's not helping the rabbit...

Flickr / Jirka Matousek

I'm not sure which is creepier: breast feeding your father-in-law or letting your kids watch.

I'm not sure which is creepier: breast feeding your father-in-law or letting your kids watch.

Flickr / Walter Lim

"Look Ma, one leg!"

"Look Ma, one leg!"

Flickr / Jirka Matousek

#MonkeyMilitia

#MonkeyMilitia

Flickr / Jirka Matousek

"Close the damn deal, Bill."

"Close the damn deal, Bill."

Flickr / Jirka Matousek

Whatever you do, DON'T step into that cave. Don't.

Whatever you do, DON'T step into that cave. Don't.

Flickr / Jnzl's Public Domain Photos

"Paint me like one of your French hogs."

"Paint me like one of your French hogs."

Flickr / Jirka Matousek

Like this guy, I prefer clean blood ponds.

Like this guy, I prefer clean blood ponds.

Flickr / Cory Doctorow

"You're so cute I could just pinch you, bizarre mouse-human."

"You're so cute I could just pinch you, bizarre mouse-human."

Flickr / Mitch Altman

Exorcist bunny? Sure!

Exorcist bunny? Sure!

Flickr / Cory Doctorow

Despite the creepiness, I think this place actually seems pretty cool.

(via Amusing Planet)

I might have to add Haw Par Villa to my bucket list. At the very least, it definitely wouldn't be boring.

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