Haw Par Villa to close for three months to undergo repair works

The closure is to ensure public safety as Haw Par Villa would be undergoing repair works during this period, the Singapore Tourism Board said.
The closure is to ensure public safety as Haw Par Villa would be undergoing repair works during this period, the Singapore Tourism Board said.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Haw Par Villa will be closed temporarily from Dec 1 this year to Feb 28 next year, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said on Tuesday (Nov 27).

The closure is to ensure public safety as the park will be undergoing repair works during this period, it said.

Haw Par Villa will reopen for free public access on March 1 next year.

Ms Carrie Kwik, STB's executive director of attractions, entertainment and tourism concept development said that the closure would allow for repair works to be completed within a shorter timeframe. She added that some of the repair works would include fixing the spalling concrete ceiling at one of the buildings within the park premises, which is a common wear-and-tear issue for old buildings.

Ms Kwik said: "The safety of the visitors to Haw Par Villa is our utmost concern. As such, we have decided to close the entire park for the repair works as quickly as possible to repair the areas which could potentially pose public safety risks and to ensure complete public safety during this period."

STB has already been carrying out minor repair works on an ad-hoc basis as part of regular park maintenance.

Also known as the Tiger Balm Gardens, Haw Par Villa was built in 1937 by Tiger Balm tycoon Aw Boon Haw for his younger brother Aw Boon Par.

 

It is known for its 10 Courts of Hell, which depicts punishments in the afterlife for wayward souls in graphic detail.