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Holland Village is one of the famous hang out place in Singapore. It is famous for foods and pubs. You will find variety of restaurants including Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Indian, eastern & Middle Eastern. Apart from the restaurants you will find lots of pub as well. There are also confessionary shops, shopping marts, money changer & medical shops.

Holland Village is near to Bouna Vista MRT. The MRT is on the green line and it is close to Queenstown. You need to walk approximately 10 minutes to reach Holland Village. Holland Village will have own MRT station by the same name in 2010.

Many food chains in Singapore, such as Crystal Jade, BreadTalk, The Coffee Bean, Burger King, Subway, Indochine and Häagen-Dazs, are located in Holland Village. Also you will find 24 hours Swensens restaurant. You will also find food court which sells Chinese, Malay and western dishes. Also you will find spicy Thai restaurant “Thai Express”. You will also find several dessert, Western cuisine and Japanese cuisine outlets. There are also couples of middle eastern and Indian restaurants. The gentrification of the Holland V area is characterized by the more up-market dining options such as the numerous ethnic restaurants as well as franchises such as Marmalade Pantry and Tapas Bar. Other prominent bars include Tango’s, Baden and Harry’s Bar. However, Wala Wala remains the grand dame of the bars along the Lorong Mambong stretch.

You will also find 24 hour supermarket by the name of Cold Storage. You can find world class brand including Australian, European, USA and others in the Cold Storage. In the same lane of Cold Storage you will find Guardian Pharmacy & Watson. There is also Seven Eleven (7-Eleven) in Holland Village. Aside from this there is also photo processing shop by the name of Photo Finish. There are two shopping centers in Holland Village, Holland Road Shopping Centre and Holland V Shopping Mall.

Although there are a number of car parks in and around Holland Village, parking still remains a problem during peak hours. The car parks in Holland Village have increased with a new two storey car park near the back of the Cold Storage supermarket.

You will also find couple of banks and ATMs in Holland Village area including OCBC, DBS and others. There is also a shop near Burger King. You can find second hand clothing (t-shirts, shorts etc) from various brands at cheap price. Also there is a mosque located near the Holland Village. Holland Village is also linked with the couple of bus stations so you can continue your journey to other locations. The few places near to Holland Village are:

Haw Par Villa (You can take bus 200 in front of Block 10A stop)

HortPark (Bus No. 61: Board at Opposite Holland Village 11419, Holland Road. Alight at After Gillman Heights Condominium, Alexandra Road, 9 stops later.)

Vivocity & Harbour Front Shopping Centre (Bus No. 61: Board at Opposite Holland Village 11419, Holland Road. Alight at Opposite Vivocity, Telok Blangah Road, 18 stops later.)

Orchard Road (Bus No. 7: Board at Opposite Cold Storage Jelita 11299, Holland Road. Alight at Midpoint Orchard, Orchard Road, 15 stops later)


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Haw Par Villa Singapore Enterance

Haw Par Villa Singapore Entrance

Haw Par Villa, formerly known as Tiger Balm Gardens is must see place in Singapore. We took a bus from Holland Drive (the bus number 200) and it took approximately 25 minutes to reach there. A good site to get traveling direction in Singapore is gothere.sg. This site is also accessible by cell phone. It will give direction by Bus/Bus & MRT.

The park contains many statues and giant dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese folklore, legends, history, and illustrating various aspects of Confucianism. These include The Laughing Buddha, The Goddess of Mercy, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and most famously The Ten Courts of Hell, a depiction of a gruesome underworld of tortures and torments set in the mouth of a 60-meter-long dragon. The crazy statues, daily life illustration and the scene are worth seeing.

The park, originally called “Tiger Balm Gardens”, was constructed in 1937 by the brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the developers of Tiger Balm, as a venue for teaching traditional Chinese values. The Gardens were later sold to the Singapore Tourism Board in 1979. There are also statue of lions that you can see on Tiger Balm as well.

There is a pond as well and you will see a lot of turtles and fish. It is a good spot, to take pictures and to move around and observe the place.

Opening Hours: 9 am to 7 pm (daily)

Admission: Free

Approx touring time: 1 – 2 hours & 3 – 4 hours (if you are taking a lot of pictures :))

Location: 262 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118628

Food Shops: Available

Getting there: Take SBS Transit bus 200 from Buona Vista MRT Station (EW21), SBS Transit bus 10, 30, SMRT Bus 188 from Harbour Front Centre, SBS Transit bus 143 from Orchard Road, SBS Transit bus 51 from Chinatown or SBS Transit bus 175 from Clementi MRT Stn/Temporary Bus Interchange.

Haw Par Villa 10th court of hell

10th court of hell

Haw Par Villa White Woman

A wise Woman

Haw Par Villa Buddha

I am Buddha

Haw Par Villa - Laughing Buddha

Laughing Buddha

Confusious @ Hall Par Villa

Confucius @ the genius

har par villa two woman and a man


Haw Par Villa Statue

Red Indian!

Titanic @ Haw Par Villa

Titanic Sinking!


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