Haw Par Villa

2 04 2010

Have you ever had a half day at work? It is awesome – i dont know why it is even more exciting to me than a whole day off, but it is. We moved offices on Thursday which meant we had to abandon our desks and lose the network at lunchtime so the movers could get in and get started. As there was no way to work, it was a free afternoon – and that doesnt happen often, so it was time to make the most of it.

I had spoken to my friend Larry from the Sydney office of his time working in Singapore and one of the things he mentioned was ‘this creepy park full of statues enacting scenes from Chinese mythology’ – a little asking around helped me to establish that this park is in fact ‘Haw Par Villa’ – so new camera in hand and with faithful sidekick Pablo’s accompaniment, off we went.

First stop was ‘Hell’.ย  Mainly because that is clearly the most fascinating bit, and partly because Hell closes at 6pm.

The Hell section tells the story of what the Chinese believe happens to you when you die. You have a Judgement Day – if you have been completely saintly in your life you cross the Golden Bridge into Paradise, if you have been pretty good you get to take the Silver Bridge into Paradise.ย  If you have been bad, it’s off to Hell with you. Your punishment in Hell is decided based on the crimes you commited in your life – for example prostitution will result in death by ice – sometimes frostbite, sometimes whole body frozen and then shattered a la liquid metal guy in Terminator 2. This park would show the punishments for various crimes – so our prostitutes:

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And I think from memory that this one is for ‘disrespecting books’ – yes, you are sawed in half by two demons. After my bibilizing in high school I think it’s safe to say this is my fate:

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Outside of hell there was this rodent battle scene on the rocks with rats, rabbits and guinea pigs all fighting – I have no idea what that one was about. But i really liked the guinea pig who had lost his front paws at war:

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I really loves this statue – like a Balinese Muppet. I think he was my favorite:

From new camera!

I also loved that some of the outdoor statues have started to fade, with the paint cracking and peeling off their faces. So sad and serene at the same time:

From new camera!
From new camera!

I think as far as the completely bizarre goes though, this was my favorite scene. Its a Duck Man being fought over by two chicken women I think. Seriously weird.

From new camera!
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2 responses

2 04 2010
Michael

Oh, the memories… I’m going to have to hunt out some photos of being here in 1990…

31 05 2010
Bec

lol yes there was a lot of bibilizing in high school.
Love the photos and all the ones on picasa.
Time for another update please.

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