Singapore today, is one of the best-known tourist cities in the world. But this island state has an extremely tragic past that still haunts the island. It takes serious guts to visit some places of the island as they are supposed to be the home of the dead. Haunted, cursed, ghostly, are some of the names of these abandoned places in Singapore. These places are a strict no for the faint hearted.
Here’s a list of some of the most haunted places in Singapore that are sure to give you spine chills if you’re scared of ghost stories.
The Old Changi Hospital
Having handled by the British before it went to the hands of the Japanese Army in the World War II, this hospital was used to treat prisoners of war and was later used by the commonwealth forces. Further, this hospital was passed on to SAF to treat servicemen. This hospital has been vacant for several years. There are rumors that the Japanese Army used this hospital to torture the Prisoners of War instead of treating them. It is said that people have heard screams and have sighted shadows in the halls of the hospital.
Tekong is presently the inhabited island space that is used for the training purposes by the military. It is believed that a young man from the Charlie company got separated from his pack on a routine 16 km march. Later his body was discovered by his commander with all his insides laid out next to his body. The beds in his former bunk shake for no apparent reason at night and people have claimed hearing his voices and seen him roaming the halls at night. They built a third door to the bunk in order for the spirit to leave but it seems the spirit is not going to leave anytime soon.
Changi Beach Houses (Old)
Known as the haunted house of Singapore, the Changi old beach houses and the beach itself was the site of the infamous Sook Ching massacre during the World War II. It is believed that the souls of the innocents continue to roam the beach weeping at night. Many claim to see blood stains. People have reported they feel as if being stared at and some even have returned home with scars.
Human-sized Chessboard in St. John’s Island
Originally built by the British, this island changed hands to the Japanese during the Second World War. Within the camping site there is a sinister looking human-sized chessboard. It is believed that the Imperial Army of Japan used to line up Prisoners of war on the chess board and used them as real life chess pieces. The side-effect of this was that the Prisoners of wars were beheaded mercilessly on the spot when they were captured. It is believed that at night you can hear blood curling screams from the chess board.
One of the creepiest stories of Bedok Block 99 is that a jilted wife committed suicide after throwing her 3 years old toddler. She wrote on the walls of her house, “It’s not over darling” in Chinese before jumping. When adulterous husband moved in with another woman and later had a son, the son complained he was being bullied by his older brother. One night when the couple were sleeping, they heard noise to which they got up and saw that their son was standing on the edge of the window and waved bye with a smile and jumped. On the walls, it was written, ‘this is for mother’.
The Yellow Tower
Located at the East Coast park, what looks like a normal Yellow tower has a tragic story behind it. Years ago, a couple was strolling in the park when they were attacked by a group of thugs. The girl was violated and stabbed to death by them while her boyfriend was knocked unconscious. The criminals were never apprehended. People from then on have been claiming of sighting a female in white near this tower. Others have claimed of hearing screams of a woman from the tower, only to find nothing upon investigating it. Paranormal investigators have vouched that a spirit exists after having spent time to communicate with her.
Tanglin Hill Brunei hospital
Abandoned and uninhabited for more than 25 years, the Brunei hostel in Tanglin Hill attracts many onlookers and late night adventurers. In the 1950s, Brunei was a poor nation and had shortage of teachers. So many students were sent overseas to educate the young. The four-storey hostel was erected in 1958 to house the students from Brunei until 1983 when the program was finally stopped. Many spook enthusiasts visit this hostel and say that they experience weird feelings and experiences.
Bukit Brown Cemetery
A biodiverse haven for many plants and animals, this cemetery is a favorite among nature lovers. The government decided to raise four-lane carriage ways which was protested by the public as this was the last remaining Chinese cemetery in Singapore, with very large tombs guarded by Sikh guards made of stones. Anyhow, the government proceeded and started exhuming the graves for the proposed carriageways. It is said so that since the exhuming process started there have been sightings of spirits among the tombstones and visits the dreams of their descendants.
Choa Chu Kang Cemetary
Home to the buried dead, this cemetery is famous for various sightings of spirits. Many taxi drivers have claimed of picking up passengers late at night who ask to be brought to the cemetery. After the taxi arrives at the destination the passenger vanishes in thin air in front of their eyes. Drivers have claimed of sighting a lady clad in white roaming around the cemetery.
There is no dearth of horror stories in Singapore and it is not the only country to have them. Ghosts and spirits are a matter of beliefs and people accept or shun it on the basis of belief. What you believe is up to you but there’s no doubt that for the ones who believe, these ghost stories are as true as life itself.