The moment you step inside its Haw Par Villa, you’ll know it’s no ordinary theme park. Located in Pasir Panjang, Haw Par Villa was built in 1937 by Burmese-Chinese brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par – the same brothers who came up with the ointment Tiger Balm. The theme park contains statues and dioramas about Chinese folk tales, myths, and Confucian beliefs.
However, the exhibits in the villa are not what you typically see in theme parks, because instead of offering fun rides or teaching visitors about art or history, it teaches people about morality. Case in point – the Ten Courts of Hell exhibit.
See some of the photos of Haw par’s exhibits below:
The majestic entrance to Haw Par Villa
Meanwhile, the entrance to the Ten Courts of Hell is guarded by two menacing statues.
The First Court of Hell serves as a sorting hat – it separates the virtuous from the evil-doers.
A woman can be seen languishing in a pool of flames in the Second Court of Hell
This punishment at the Third Court of Hell awaits drug traffickers
Loan sharks, beware!
This punishment – disembowelment – awaits cheaters
At the Tenth Court of Hell, prisoners will be given final judgment and will be reborn either as a human or animal.
There are many other statues in the villa aside from the Ten Courts of Hell, such as this bizarre breastfeeding one.
And this weird crab-boy fusion.
Although admission has been free to the public since 2001, Haw Par Villa’s visitor count has been dwindling. It’s a shame this gem of an attraction is losing its popularity. So if you ever find yourself in Singapore, don’t forget to drop by this highly educational (albeit macabre) theme park.
Every Single Plant in This Garden Is Extremely Dangerous
When you think of one of the deadliest places on earth, you probably weren’t picturing a garden of seemingly benign plants!
We all know how beneficial plants are to the survival of the human race. But of course, not every plant is as pleasant as we want them to be. Just check out these deadly plants in The Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle! Yes, that's the same castle they used in Harry Potter!
Alnwick castle, home to The Poison Garden
This poisonous collection of plants is locked behind black steel bars in Northumberland, England. It contains around 100 infamous killer plants, from the hemlock that killed Socrates to the infamously deadly beauty enhancer, the belladonna.
These Awesome Glowing Rocks Are Actually Caused by Bioluminescent Sea Fireflies
Take a look at these beautiful glowing stones caused by bioluminescent sea fireflies!
Nature always finds ways to amaze us mere mortals, especially when bioluminescence is involved. Today, let's explore the beautiful shots taken by photographers Trevor Williams and Jonathan Galione as they document these glowing, weeping rocks that look like they belong in a fantasy world!
These rocks look reminiscent of those scenes from Avatar.
These sparkling lights are actually caused by sea fireflies, which is a bit of a misnomer since they're actually a species of shrimp known in Japan as "umibotaru". These sea fireflies are visible every year from May until the end of October, and they live in the sand near the shallow sea water. They are most often seen floating in the water between the extremes of high tides and low tides, so it looks like the water is glowing as well.
They Built a Supersized Capital, Six Times Larger Than New York City. But Nobody Came!
Have you ever wanted to visit a perfectly maintained yet completely empty city? Better book that ticket to Naypydaw!
You might be thinking that this abandoned city is filled with nuclear waste, riddled with radiation or worse, haunted. But in reality, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this city; rather, it's just a victim of change.
What's in this city that people are so adamant to avoid?
Naypydaw is a huge city that spans about 4,800 square kilometers. Its giant boulevards have up to 20 lanes, and they're said to have been designed to allow air crafts to land on them. And these roads even have carefully pruned shrubbery.
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