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The Creepy Wonderland Built on the Healing Powers of Tiger Balm

Aw Chu Kin of Myanmar developed a salve called Ten Thousand Golden Oil in 1870, which we know today as Tiger Balm. His sons carried on the business in Singapore, and one of them, Aw Boon Haw, used a million dollars of his business fortune to build Haw Par Villa, a huge public sculpture garden to showcase Chinese tradition and culture. The garden has undergone changes since it was first built in 1937, and is now a gloriously strange conglomeration of 150 dioramas and about 1,000 individual sculptures. See a gallery of 49 images of Haw Par Villa at Collectors Weekly.


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