The Tiger Balm Garden was one of the most famous garden in Hong Kong in the 1940's and 1950's. It was built by Aw Boon Haw, who was known as "The King of Tiger Balm". The Garden was built in order to advertise their products and as a way to have contribution to the community.
The Tiger Balm Garden was open to the public for enjoyment without charging any admission fee. That attracted many local visitor as most of the Hong Konger at that time are quite poor and did not have much leisure activities. The Tiger Balm Garden is one of the collective memory of the middle-aged Hong Kong people.
The colorful murals statues in the Gardens are based on the ancient Buddhist stories and legends. They are all full of Chinese national features. Mr. Aw tried using these cautionary tales to advise the idea of 'one good turn deserves another'. There were totally 29 points of visit in the Garden, and the most famous are "Tiger Tower" and "eighteen layers of hell". "Tiger Tower" was a seventh floor pagoda and was the only one in Hong Kong. The "eighteen layers of hell" described the different situations in hell, such as cutting the tongue, cutting something in half, putting in hot oil, etc. These murals were certainly unforgettable for those visitors.
Next to the Tiger Balm Garden, there are a private garden and the Haw Par Mansion, which were also built by Aw Boon Haw. The Haw Par Mansion as well as its private garden were originally the private mansion for the Aw's family.
The Masion being preseved
Opening hour: 10am to 4pm in 30/10, 31/10, 5-7/11, 13/11 and 14/11