I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You just never know where you’re going to find Disney! I was watching a vintage travel documentary from the 1950s called Kingdom of the Sea. The episode was entitled Ports of Call and spotlighted many seaside villages and attractions that can be found alongside the sea, around the world.
One of the Ports visited was in Singapore. There, just a little inland, you can find an unusual Zoo. All of the animals are statues! The place was called Tiger Balm Gardens when it opened, but is now know as Haw Par Villa. You can click the link to visit the official website to research the attraction as it exists today.
And it is here that we find Donald Duck riding a huge bunny rabbit.
Yup. You saw it here first, folks! Being as this is basically an art installation, I don’t think they needed to worry about copyright infringement.
Here is an excerpt from the website: “Haw Par Villa – formerly known as the Tiger Balm Garden – is an 8.5-hectare Asian cultural park, the last of its kind in the world. Built in 1937, Singapore’s largest outdoor art gallery is the brainchild of Aw Boon Haw, the millionaire philanthropist and marketing extraordinaire who gifted the world with Tiger Balm. The eclectic park is a treasure trove of Asian culture, history, philosophy and religion – quirky, yet enlightening at the same time.” Now that’s a lot going on!
The Zoo of Animal Statues is still there featuring animals of all shapes and sizes: goats, pandas, rabbits, gorillas, giant lobsters, even a crab-lady, and the list goes on.
If stone animals aren’t your thing, you can dabble in Food and Art Festivals, Tours, Musical Events and Parties, Races, and so much more. The website is worth a look and contains a video preview of the entire venue. Enjoy, travelers!