SINGAPORE - Say Haw Par Villa, and what comes to mind is undoubtedly terrifying images of hellscapes, specifically the ones linked to the 18 Levels of Hell (even though it's a misconception and it's really the 10 Courts of Hell instead, but more on that later).
Here's something to do for the weekend: Singapore’s longest-running theme park, yes, THE Haw Par Villa, relaunched on 28 October 2021 with the opening of Hell’s Museum, the only attraction in the world dedicated to death and the afterlife.
The Museum will be open to the public from Friday, 29 October 2021. The opening weekend, 29-31 October, will be packed with a series of events and activities, ranging from Chinese ink-painting workshops and yoga under the stars, to guided park tours and Halloween-themed picnics. Those who turn up to Hell’s Museum this weekend in a Halloween costume will receive a limited edition souvenir.
Relaunch Weekend (29-31 October 2021) Timings:
Park: 9am – 12am (last entry: 11:30pm)
Hell’s Museum: 10am – 8pm (last entry: 7pm)
Beyond the Halloween weekend, however, the Hell's Museum is still a great way to explore specially curated museum exhibits, which offer insights into different religions and beliefs.
For one, we were informed that despite the hundreds of religions and cultures, they're mostly split into two paths when they talk about life and death: linear and circular.
The newly revamped 10 Courts of Hell will also provide a deeper experience replacing misconceptions about the philosophy and cultural meanings of the traditional Chinese Afterlife.
For example, what we always thought were the 18 Levels of Hell (what we saw as impressionable young-uns) are actually the 10 Courts of Hell, where souls are sent for judgement before they are bound for any punishment, which is where the 18 Levels of Hell then come into play.
Of course, the Hell's Museum didn't forget about IG-friendly spots. See if you can decide between Heaven and Hell at the entrance!
262 Pasir Panjang Road
10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday; closed Monday
Adults (13 and above): S$18
Children (seven to 12): S$10
The museum does not encourage children under nine to visit, due to the subjects explored.