WSE Travel – Haw Par Villa: Ten Stages in the Court of Hell * Viewer Discretion Advised * + Sandro Botticelli – The Abyss of Hell

Entrance to the Courts of Hell (foto UN Tourist Singapore)

Haw Par Villa: Ten Stages in the Court of Hell * Viewer Discretion Advised *

TEN COURTS OF HELL (foto The Dead Cockroach)

* Viewer Discretion Advised *

Please be forewarned, some of the photos in this post are graphic, and not for the faint of heart (or stomach).

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - Entrance to the Courts of Hell

Entrance to the Courts of Hell

This was a fascinating part of the Haw Par Villa Theme Park in Singapore. It describes in detail, the torture and punishment for each sin one commits in a lifetime.

As you enter the tunnel, you are greeted by the First Court’s King. The following descriptions of each Court are excerpts taken from inside the cave.

First Court of Hell | Yama: King Qinguang

In the First Court of Hell, King Qinguang conducts priliminary trials and each prisoner is judged according to his deeds in his past life. The ‘good’ are distinguished from the ‘evil’ and the King recommends appropriate reward or punishment. Punishment is then carrid out in the various Courts.

Those with virtuous conduct in their past life will be lead over the ‘Golden Bridge’ to reach paradise.

Those whose past good deeds outweigh crimes committed will be sent to the ‘Silver Bridge’ to reach paradise.

Those who were evil doers in their past life will be sent to repent before the ‘Mirror of Retribution’ and then taken to a subsequent Court of Hell to be punished.

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - First Court of Hell

First Court of Hell | Yama: King Qinguang

Second Court of Hell | Yama: King Chujiang

CrimePunishment
Inflicting physical InjuryThrown into a volcanic pit
Robbers
CorruptionFrozen into blocks of ice
Stealing and Gambling
ProstitutesThrown into a pool of blood and drowned

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - Second Court of Hell

Second Court of Hell | Yama: King Chujiang

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - Second Court of Hell

Second Court of Hell | Yama: King Chujiang

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - Second Court of Hell

Second Court of Hell | Yama: King Chujiang

Third Court of Hell | Yama: King Songdi

CrimePunishment
UngratefulnessHeart cut out
Disrespect Elders
Escape from Prison
Drug addicts and traffickersTied to red hot copper pillar and grilled
Tomb Raiders
Urging People into crime

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - Third Court of Hell

Third Court of Hell | Yama: King Songdi

Fourth Court of Hell | Yama: King Wuguan

CrimePunishment
Tax dodgerPounded by a stone mallet
Business Fraud
Disobedience to one’s siblingsGrounded by a large stone

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - Fourth Court of Hell

Fourth Court of Hell | Yama: King Wuguan

Wang Si” Town

This 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.

Fifth Court of Hell | Yama: King Yanluo

CrimePunishment
Plotted another’s death for his property or moneyThrown onto a hill of knives
Money lenders with exorbitant interest rates (ha!)

Viewing Home Tower

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.

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - Fifth Court of Hell

Fifth Court of Hell | Yama: King Yanluo

Sixth Court of Hell | Yama: King Piencheng

CrimePunishment
CheatingThrown onto a tree of knives
Cursing
Abducting Others
Misuse of booksBody sawn into two
Possession of pornographic material
Breaking written rules and regulations
Wasting Food

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - Sixth Court of Hell

Sixth Court of Hell | Yama: King Piencheng

Seventh Court of Hell | Yama: King Taishan

CrimePunishment
Rumours mongersTongue pulled out
Sowing discord among family members
RapistsThrown into a wok of boiling oil
Driving someone to their death

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - Seventh Court of Hell

Seventh Court of Hell | Yama: King Taishan

Eighth Court of Hell | Yama: King Dushi

CrimePunishment
Causing trouble for parents or family membersIntestines and organs pulled out
Cheating during examinations
Harming others to benefit oneselfBody dismemberment

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - Eighth Court of Hell

Eighth Court of Hell | Yama: King Dushi

Ninth Court of Hell | Yama: King Pingdeng

CrimePunishment
RobberyHead and arms chopped off
Murder
Rape
Any other unlawful conduct
Neglect of the old and youngCrushed under boulders

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - Ninth Court of Hell

Ninth Court of Hell | Yama: King Pingdeng

Tenth Court of Hell | Yama: King Zhuanlun

In the Tenth Court, there is a ‘Wheel of Reincarnation’ and the ‘Pavilion of Forgetfulness’ (Men Po Pavilion).

After serving their sentences, prisoners arrive at the Tenth Court where King Zhuanlun passes final judgement. The prisoners are then brought to the ‘Pavilion of Forgetfulness’ where an old lady “Men Po” hands them a cup of magic tea which on drinking makes them forget their past lives.

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - Tenth Court of Hell

Tenth Court of Hell | Yama: King Zhuanlun

They will then go through the ‘Wheel of Reincarnation’ | Samsara.  Depending on the prisoner’s past life, they 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.

WSE Travel - Haw Par Villa - Tenth Court of Hell

Tenth Court of Hell | Yama: King Zhuanlun

With the morbid side of it aside, I found this exceptionally interesting! My lesson has been learned. I will not be misusing books, or cheating during examinations any time soon!

WSE Travel - 10 Courts of Hell, Haw Par Villa, Singapore - Map

10 Courts of Hell, Haw Par Villa, Singapore | Map

Have you ever been to a cultural centre which depicted such graphic figures to get a message across? Have you been a good citizen and not ‘misused books’? When faced with the mirror of truth will you appear pure or evil in your reflection?

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https://www.wheresidewalksend.com/court-of-hell/

Sandro Botticelli – The Abyss of Hell

Sandro Botticelli – The Abyss of Hell (foto Wikipedia)
Cicles of Hell in Dante s Inferno (foto Twitter)

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