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Remember ABBA's old Song "Tiger"?

Back to much simpler photos, back to Singapore and back to the Past, to January of 2002 :-)

It is a scanned image from a film.

This is one of many photos which I took in "Haw Par Villa" (formerly called Tiger Balm Gardens).

This is a scene from Chinese folklore, and it is just a bit of what you can see in this park.

Unfortunately I do not know what exactly this tiger symbolizes in this park, but according to Chinese calendar the year 2010 is the year of the Tiger!

Happy New Year to those who celebrates it! :)

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PP work: very minor adjustment of levels, shadows and mid-tones; some noise (+ dust & scratch) removal.
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The park's colorful collection of over 1,000 statues and 150 giant tableaux centered around Chinese folklore, legends, history, and Confucian ideology.

"Haw Par Villa" was originally constructed in 1937 by "Tiger Balm King" Aw Boon Haw as a grand residence for his younger brother, Aw Boon Par, who helped create their fortune with the analgesic balm.

In English, Haw Par Villa translates as Villa of the Tiger and Leopard.

The park was renamed Haw Par Villa in 1985 and re-opened in 1990, when it was converted into an amusement park and promoted with the name "Dragon World".

25 clusters of original statues and figurines replicate Chinese mythology characters like the Laughing Buddha and the Fu Lu Shou (Taoist deities).

A must-see exhibit is the Ten Courts of Hell, featuring the ten steps of judgement before reincarnation.

Sources: various (incl. singaporemirror.com; visitsingapore.com; wikipedia.)

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