The Ten Courts of Hell is part of the attraction at Haw Par Villa, the theme park in Singapore.

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

1. Ten Courts of Hell in Haw Par Villa

Here, through this display of Chinese mythology, visitors learn about life after death. Its primary objective is to instil traditional values through Chinese folklore.

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

2. Di Zang Wang

Due to the graphic nature of the exhibits here, visitors’ discretion and parental guidance are advised. Similarly, it applies to this particular post too.

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

3. Hu Fa Shi Zhe

The “Nether World” is guarded by the “Ox-head” and “Horse-face” who would chase spirits into the gates of hell with a steel spear and ivory stick, to face the various punishments meted out by the Emperors of Hell (Yama).

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

4. First Court of Hell - Yama: King Qinguang

Upon reaching the First Court of Hell, King QinGuang conducts preliminary trials and each prisoner is judged according to his deeds in his past life.

Those deemed to have a virtuous conduct in their past life are led over the “Golden Bridge” to the path to paradise.

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

5. crossing the Silver Bridge

Those whose past good deeds outweigh their sins will be sent to the “Silver Bridge” which will also take them to paradise.

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

6. First Court of Hell - Mirror of Retribution

On the other hand, those who were evil doers in their past life are sent to repent before the “Mirror of Retribution” and then taken to a subsequent Court of Hell to be punished.

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

7. Second Court of Hell - Yama: King Chujiang

Second Court of Hell – Yama: King Chujiang
Sins: inflicting physical injury, con, robbery
Punishment: thrown into volcano pit

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

8. Second Court of Hell - Volcano Pit

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

9. Second Court of Hell - Cold Ice Pond

Second Court of Hell – Yama: King Chujiang
Sins: corruption, stealing, gambling
Punishment: frozen into blocks of ice

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

10. Second Court of Hell - Filthy Blood Pond

Second Court of Hell – Yama: King Chujiang
Sin: prostitution
Punishment: thrown into a pool of blood and drowned

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

11. Third Court of Hell - Yama: King SongDi

Third Court of Hell – Yama: King SongDi
Sins: ungratefulness, disrespect to elders, escape from prison
Punishment: heart cut out

Sins: drug addicts & traffickers, tomb robbers, urging people into crime and instigators of social unrest
Punishment: tied to red hot copper pillar and grilled

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

12. Fourth Court of Hell - Yama: King Wuguan

Fourth Court of Hell – Yama: King Wuguan
Sins: tax dodger, refusal to pay rent, business fraud
Punishment: pounded by stone mallet

Sins: disobedience to one’s siblings, lack of filial piety
Punishment: grounded by a large stone

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

13. Fourth Court of Hell - Wang-Si Town

“Wang-Si” Town accommodates those who were wronged and driven to their death. They would be asked to view how their enemies receive retribution. They would then be judged on their past deeds and given an appropriate punishment.

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

14. Fifth Court of Hell - Yama: King YanLuo

Fifth Court of Hell – Yama: King YanLuo
Sins: plotted another’s death for his property or money, money lenders with exorbitant interest rates
Punishment: thrown onto a hill of knives

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

15. Fifth Court of Hell - Hill of Knives

The Viewing Home Tower is for the evil doers to see how their relatives and family are suffering as a result of their wrong-doings.

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

16. Sixth Court of Hell - Yama: King PienCheng

Sixth Court of Hell – Yama: King PienCheng
Sins: cursing, abducting others
Punishment: thrown onto a tree of knives

Sins: misuse of books, possession of pornographic material, breaking written rules and regulations, wasting food
Punishment: body sawn into two parts

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

17. Seventh Court of Hell - Yama: King TaiShan

Seventh Court of Hell – Yama: King TaiShan
Sins: rumour-mongering, sowing discord among family members
Punishment: tongue pulled out

Sin: driving someone to his death
Punishment: thrown into wok of boiling oil

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

18. Eighth Court of Hell - Yama: King Dushi

Eighth Court of Hell – Yama: King Dushi
Sins: lack of filial obedience, causing trouble for parents or family members, cheating during examination
Punishment: intestines and organs pulled out

Sin: harming others to benefit oneself
Punishment: body dismembered

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

19. Ninth Court of Hell - Yama: King PingDeng

Ninth Court of Hell – Yama: King PingDeng
Sins: robbery, murder, rape, any other unlawful conduct
Punishment: head and arms chopped off

Sin: neglect of the old and the young
Punishment: crushed under boulders

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

20. Tenth Court of Hell - Yama: King ZhuanLun

Tenth Court of Hell – Yama: King ZhuanLun
In the Tenth Court, there is the “Wheel of Reincarnation” and the “Pavilion of Forgetfulness” (“Meng-Po” Pavilion).

After serving their sentences, prisoners arrive at the Tenth Court where King ZhuangLun passes the final judgement.

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

21. Meng Po

These prisoners are then brought to the “Pavilion of Forgetfulness” where an old lady “Meng Po” hands them a cup of magic tea which upon drinking, makes them forget their past life.

They will then go through the “Wheel of Reincarnation”. Depending on the prisoner’s past life, he would be reborn either as a human or an animal. Some would be reborn into a life of ease and comfort while others into sorrow and suffering.

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

22. Samsara

After they have drunk the magic tea, the sinners leave the Ten Courts of Hell via one of the six paths of the Wheel of Reincarnation or Samsara.

Ten Courts of Hell Haw Par Villa Singapore

23. skulls

The Ten Courts of Hell @ Haw Par Villa
Add: 262, Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118628.
Visiting hours: 9am – 6pm daily
Admission: Free
Tel (Enquiry/Feedback): 6872 2780
Tel (Emergency): 6872 4909
Email: lawrence.nacj@jurong.com

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