Singapore is bland. It’s a high-priced row of shopping malls and fine eateries, with a few hawker markets thrown in. “It’s soooooo boring,” warned my hairdresser Miss P.
But then you stumble on something like this. The Tiger Balm Gardens: The most disturbing theme park of all time.
There’s sex, violence, bear-maulings and scabies. Statues of slutty immoral crotch-grabbing wenches, and creepy animals dressed as humans. Down a dark musty cave, a terrifying tableaux displays every vengeance that awaits you in the hell you’ll surely meet.
And behind it all, a simple message: better be good, dammit, and use Tiger Balm to ease your human pain!
Built in 1937 by Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the eccentric brothers behind Tiger Balm ointment, this bizarre park was meant to be an Emily Post for Asian kids. If you visit a prostitute, it warns, you’ll be “thrown into a pool of blood and drowned.” Disrespect to elders or escape from prison, and your heart will, quite literally, be cut out. Waste food? Body sawn in two.
The park is also a celebration of Chinese tradition and culture. Episodes from the classic adventure novel “Journey to the West” are retold in statues, and 10′ tall Peking Opera masks stare out creepily from walls.
Check out the following insane pictures, with more explanations, below…
Haw Par Villa (虎豹別墅), Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore