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Tourism festival breathes new life into Haw Par Villa; restoration works planned

Published on Mar 23, 2014 7:02 PM
 
A tourism event at Haw Par Villa has breathed new life into the old attraction, bringing in more than 12,000 people over the last two weekends. -- ST PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO

A tourism event at Haw Par Villa has breathed new life into the old attraction, bringing in more than 12,000 people over the last two weekends.

Visitors attended free tours, enjoyed puppet shows and ate nostalgic food like Ramly Burgers and kweh pie tee in the gardens.

"Say Haw Par Villa and eyes light up, it has a unique place in Singaporean memories," said Robert Lim, 45, an engineer. Called "Reliving Haw Par Villa", the festival was part of the Singapore Tourism Board's 50th anniversary. Through special events at heritage places, it wants local residents to relive memories of famous Singapore attractions and create new ones with friends and family.

Indeed, a free tour at Haw Par Villa turned out to be crowd favourite, attracting about 2,500 people over two weekends. The turnout was so good that tour company Journeys Pte Ltd had to add four slots to the original eight a day that they planned for.

 
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