'Hell' no longer a ghost town

Pictures by: 
Mohd Ishak
Report by: 
Timothy Goh

His father first took him to Haw Par Villa in 1939, two years after Singapore’s original theme park was built.

And yesterday (March 26), Mr Tiah Teo Song, 88, was back there again. Though he can no longer remember details of his first visit, the park is still a draw.

Over the past two weekends, more than 12,000 people visited the park as part of the Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) “Reliving Haw Par Villa” event.

This is part of STB’s series of events to celebrate 50 years of tourism development and promotion in Singapore, and also an opportunity to bring new life to the park.

It involves free guided tours of the park, storytelling sessions, a vintage food bazaar and other nostalgic activities.

Admission is now free and STB estimates it attracts about 200,000 visitors a year.

Haw Par Villa is open daily from 9am to 7pm.

The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on March 27, 2014.