Don't let history repeats itself, like the KTM railway/station, hardly got crowds before it was demolish and then, when it's about, full of people just to get the photos. It's free admission and so, grab the chance!
I was at Haw Par Villa yesterday whole day, before the gate opens till 7pm for time lapse and video clips. The color are still very nice and they did maintenance on it. During weekdays, it's quite empty and it's good for any kind of photography. The place still have resting points and trees providing shapes but you still gets burn if you into photography. Only bad is that not much shelter if rains, try to read weather forecast before going. Only weekend, they open the other toilet at the rear and so, you need to walk back to the first one during weekdays.
Maybe I might be back for just photography only and hopes, got a fine weather on it.