Haw Par Villa snapshots, then and now

Photographer aims to reshoot photos of people who visited park in its heyday

Photographer Deanna Ng re-creating a 1980 photo (far left) of herself taken at Haw Par Villa.
A black and white photo of the Lim siblings - (from the bottom: Helen, Hazel, Harold, Hubert, Hercules, Hector - and their mother, Mrs Maggie Lim, taken in 1973. PHOTO: COURTESY OF HERCULES LIM
Left: A black and white photo of the Lim siblings - (from the bottom: Helen, Hazel, Harold, Hubert, Hercules, Hector - and their mother, Mrs Maggie Lim, taken in 1973. Right: A late 1940s photo of Mr Hercules Lim's grandfather, Mr Lim Siew Teck (thir
A late 1940s photo of Mr Hercules Lim's grandfather, Mr Lim Siew Teck (third from left), and his colleagues and their motorcycles at Haw Par Villa.PHOTO: COURTESY OF HERCULES LIM

In 1973, a boy named Hercules visited Haw Par Villa. His mother took him and his five siblings - Hector, Hubert, Harold, Helen and Hazel - through the 10 Courts of Hell, where she highlighted some of the punishments meted out to sinners.

For instance, an individual disrespectful to the elderly might have their hearts cut out.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2019, with the headline 'Haw Par Villa snapshots, then and now'. Subscribe