Went to Haw Par Villa (虎豹別墅)
with J today. She needed it for a project, I just wanted to go and take a look because it's interesting and as it turns out, I've never been there before.
|YOU SHALL PASS! |
If you're wondering what that place is,
Haw Par Villa, formerly called Tiger Balm Gardens, 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 anagesic balm. In English, Haw Par Villa translates as Villa of the Tiger and Leopard.
Aw Boon Haw then created an entertainment park to teach and preserve Chinese values. The park's colorful collection of over 1,000 statues and 150 giant tableaux centered around Chinese folklore, legends, history, and Confucian ideology. Morality tales included classic battles between good and evil and tributes to Chinese cultural heroes such as the famous pugilist Wu Song, who tamed a ferocious tiger with his bare hands.
A little fun fact, I actually like these kinda things! I took 234 pictures today, and I uploaded 67. So you're going to have a really fun time viewing all of these. If you're interested that is. Which I'm pretty sure you would be because I saw a few really interesting statues and stuff.
|WHAT YOU LOOKING AT?! |
|Listen to me, don't eat shit. Look at me, I'm serious.|
|He's so lazy he has to rest his hands on bricks.|
From this point on wards, I would like to advise viewer discretion. Because we're going to venture into the depths of Chinese hell. Some pictures are pretty graphical, so you know, don't say I didn't warn you.
By the way, there are a bunch of pictures that I took because I thought it was just funny/interesting. Those will be obvious because I dosed them with instagram effects. Like the pig up there. There's 2 reasons for doing that,
1. I'm going to make a joke about it.
2. I got lazy editing.
As we walk just a little upwards, we were greeted by heads. Lots of heads.
|I really like this shot|
The one on the left has a troll face don't you think?
Brace yourselves, we're entering the gates of hell!
I should probably do some introduction for people unfamiliar with Chinese myths/culture. The 18 levels of hell is the place where humans go to after they die, if they had committed sins in their lives. Let me list a few that might sound familiar to you.
Un-filial to parents
There are different punishment for different levels of crimes. I'm very very very interested in this. You see, this is way more interesting than religion or what not. Sure, religion preach to you the values of doing good deeds, staying on the right path and not be a sinner.
However, this shows you the repercussions of committing a sin. Sure, it's imaginary, but it shows that thousand of years ago, people have thought through all our values that we have trouble acting on. Beyond all the blood and gore, there is something kind.
A message to tell us to live our lives right.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
From here on, I guess I'm a little too lazy to describe the pictures. Enjoy the rotting gutters of hell (:
|He has his dick impaled, or .. he's getting wood. GET IT? GET IT?|
|Fuck. ..... I'm not saying that I have it.|
|Chop into half|
|ME NO GUSTA|
|This one I remember clearly, it's for wasting food|
|I really think that this is a goat humping him. Honest.|
|梦婆. The person that makes you forget your past life|
|what.. why? =.=|
|Yes, it's a monkey poking a rat|
|It's ironic how they erected a giant dildo for the person|
|Dude look at that|
|2 sumos, photo bombing before it was cool. |
|Obviously the statue of liberty is in Chinese myth, you don't know that?|
|Frankenstein before it went mainstream|
SUDDENLY, I FOUND MYSELF AMONG THE THOUSANDS OF STATUES.
|Killing people in underwear is cool.|
|like a boss|
|GOT A PROBLEM, HUUUHHHH?!!!!|
I think this looks like
|Titanic before it went mainstream |
|HOLYSHIT IT'S A GREEN COCONUT.|
|Flower eating tiger|
Out of the sudden, appears a wild reptile!
|Like really real.|
That is a lot of pictures. This post took waaaaay longer than I wanted it to.
Let's hope you enjoy the pictures. I feel like going back again one day, anyone interested, feel free to jio me. Today was like, so damn bloody hot I didn't really like, sit down and think about everything.
Sorry for the lack of words, though I don't really think anyone would wanna read after viewing all the photos.
In conclusion, it was fun. If you have never been there before, you should really go and take a look. Especially the hell part, reading the crimes and punishments are really interesting. Sadly, work starts again tomorrow.
Oh well, here's The Lord
, signing off~
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