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Tai Hang and Tiger Balm Garden 1980

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1980

Tiger Balm Garden 1957.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1957
The beautiful, ornamental Tiger Pagoda doesn't look its usual marble white in the fading light of this photo.

Tiger Balm Garden 1957.jpg

When I was growing up, my mum used Tiger Balm ointment as a 'cure-all' for everything from tummy ache, to headaches, to sprained ankles! Its founder, Aw Boon Haw, created the Tiger Balm Garden to promote the empire he and his brother had built around the ointment that became a household name.

Tiger Balm Garden 1957.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1957
A tableau dedicated to monkeys reflects their importance in Chinese culture and folklore. These popular animals are widely used in contemporary commercial marketing as symbols of wisdom, positivity and happiness.

Tiger Balm Garden 1957.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1957
Tableau showing the three famous deities that are commonly seen on temples, ancestral shrines, shops and takeaways, and in almost every Chinese home. Left: FUK (Fuxing) - considered the god of good fortune, he is generally depicted as a scholar, holding a scroll and often a child, or surrounded by children. Middle: Luk (Luxing) - seen as representing prosperity, rank and influence and usually depicted in the dress of a mandarin. Right:

Tiger Balm Garden 1957.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1957

Tiger Balm Garden 1957.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1957

Tiger Balm Garden 1957.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1957

Tiger Balm Garden 1957.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1957
Birds feature strongly in Chinese folklore as a symbol of freedom because they can roam the earth, swim in the sea and soar into the sky - often seen as a link between heaven and earth.

Tiger Balm Garden 1957.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1957
All the photos of the Tiger Balm Garden attributed to me were taken by my father, John Dewson, during the time he was stationed with 28 Squadron at RAF Kai Tak, from 1957-1959.

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