Haw Par Villa

“Famed as the Tiger Balm Kings from Rangoon, the former capital of present day Myanmar, the Aw brothers moved their business to Singapore in 1926 and achieved great heights.

 

While expanding their business empire was important, Aw Boon and Aw Boon Par believed that one should contribute to society.

 

In 1934, Boon Haw had a unique vision of a grand mansion and gardens for his dear brother and Haw Par Villa was born. besides giving the best that money could buy, his noble aim was to immortalize and share the moral values behind the various meaningful Chinese legends by decorating the grounds.

 

Haw Par Villa opened its doors in 1937. They allowed the public to visit to preserve Chinese heritage by educating the younger generation on important lessons in life. The mansion, along with the three-dimensional sculptures and figurines were colourful, life-like and intriguing. It cost more than a million dollars to build and was packed with visitors every weekend and holiday.”

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