26 Dec '11, 11pm

Singapore Tourism Board studying makeover options for Haw Par Villa to give it new lifeline

Singapore Tourism Board studying makeover options for Haw Par Villa to give it new lifeline

Figures of severed heads at the entrance to the 10 courts of hell, one of the dioramas at Haw Par Villa. The STB said there are least 30 per cent more visitors to the Pasir Panjang attraction since the opening of the Haw Par Villa MRT station and the start of the school holidays. -- ST PHOTO: LIN ZHAOWEI By Lin Zhaowei The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is studying ways to give Haw Par Villa - well known for its statues and dioramas showcasing Chinese myths and legends - a new lifeline. In response to queries from The Straits Times, Mr Chew Tiong Heng, executive director of destination experience at STB, said it is 'engaging relevant government agencies and special interest groups to study various possibilities'. He added that Haw Par Villa has significant heritage value and holds many memories for Singaporeans and visitors. But the agency declined further comment when aske...

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