Doesn't this remind you of the creepy Stephen King movie "Maximum Overdrive?"
Creepy, right? What's creepier is that theses faces are taller than I am.
Haw Par Villa is one of those places in Singapore you should go visit soon before it is torn down and replaced by expensive condominiums or another shiny mall. Built in 1937 by the brothers who ran the Tiger Balm brand, Haw Par Villa is a gaudy sculpture park based on Chinese folklore, mythology and Confucianist ideology. In the 1990's, it was turned into an amusement park and called Dragon World. The amusement park was turned over to the Singapore Tourism Board in 2001 because it wasn't attracting the visitors (and money) it needed to stay open.
I found this great post with old photos of Haw Par Villa and Dragon World. It used to be possible to ride a boat through the Ten Gates of Hell exhibit, but now the waterways have all been paved. The Ten Gates of Hell was the highlight of my trip to Haw Par Villa. The entrance used to be a very large dragon's mouth, but there's no trace of it anymore. This link has a photo of the former dragon's mouth, as well as an explanation of the Ten Gates of Hell.
There are hundreds of statues all over the park, each contributing to some type of "don't let this happen to you" story or moralist tale. It's a truly unique place that you have to check out yourself to get the full WTF experience. Although not exactly abandoned, it felt like I was trespassing through a boarded up theme park. Haw Par Villa is a creepy place.
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