If getting spooked excites you then you’ve come to right place. From frightening hospitals to sinister cemeteries, there’s a range of spooky places to go ghostbusting around. Just for fun, we’ve rounded up 10 of the most haunted places in Singapore. But, be warned some readers may find this distressing!
1. Neo Tiew Estate
The abandoned Neo Tiew Estate, was first built in 1979, and it’s the last surviving rural centre in Lim Chu Kang. According to stories, it is haunted by a Pontianak, who remains trapped inside a banana tree, by a wicked gambler. Allegedly, the gambler stuck seven needles into the tree to try and get the winning lottery numbers. However, this killed the tree, angered the spirit, and the supernatural being is often sighted within the estate. The site has been used by the military since 2002. But you can admire it from afar!
2. Syonan Jinja
Gather your gang and go for a hike at MacRitchie Reservoir which is hiding one of the most haunted places in Singapore. Syonan Jinja was a Shinto shrine, built by the Japanese Imperial Army during the Japanese occupation in World War II, and destroyed in 1945. Today, the shrine is overwhelmed by dense jungle, but legend says that it is haunted by Japanese soldiers who committed suicide there to honour the shrine. Allegedly, there’s a treasure – Yamashita Gold – hidden underground too. Unfortunately, the public have no access to this zone.
3. Old Changi Hospital
Let’s start with a nice old, abandoned hospital, shall we? As creepy spots go, Old Changi Hospital ticks all the boxes. It was built in 1935 and held 50,000 prisoners of war during the Japanese Occupation. There are even rumours that Japanese Secret Police used a torture chamber at Old Changi to gain information from the prisoners. Since 1997, the spot has been abandoned and reports of paranormal activity have been attributed to its name. Unfortunately, the public are not allowed inside the hospital as it remains a restricted access site, but you can walk around the outer grounds.
📍 24 Halton Rd, Singapore 506997
4. Old Tampines Road
This spot is said to cause a peculiar act on drivers and cyclists when passing through the road. Many have reported feeling weight and pressure on them as they drive through the Old Tampines Road. Allegedly, the area is haunted by Pontianak – which are spirits of women that died during childbirth. We certainly won’t be taking the car out for a drive around here during the night.
5. Amber Beacon Tower
The Yellow Tower comes with another spooky tale. It is thought to be haunted by the spirit of a victim, Kelly Tan Ah, who was tragically murdered in the vicinity in 1990. The murder remains unsolved. Passerby’s have reported hearing screams from the tower and seeing apparitions of a young woman. Indeed, this would explain any strange paranormal activity.
📍 920 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449875
As one of the biggest landmark names on our list, you may be shocked to learn that this old museum building, erected in 1882, is another haunted place. It is rumored to be haunted by a former zoologist employee of the grounds, Carl Alexander Gibson Hill. Allegedly, he committed suicide on the grounds, and the spiral staircase – currently sealed off from public – is believed to be a place for scary sightings. For instance, many visitors claim to have felt something stopping them from climbing the stairs.
📍 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
7. Bukit Brown Cemetery
A typical spot for some sinister sightings, being a graveyard and all. This is thought to be the biggest Chinese cemetery outside of China, holding around 100,000 graves. You can visit here, guided by Bukit Brown Wayfinder if you’re brave enough! Sightings of restless spirits have included a “lady in red”. *Gulp*.
📍 36C Lor Halwa, Singapore 298637
8. Bishan MRT
This train station stands over the former grounds of a Chinese cemetery, Kwong Wai Siew Peck San Theng, which was exhumed in 1982. This may have angered some resting spirits, as the story goes. Particularly, there have been sightings of passengers with no reflection and even a headless ghost. Creepy stuff. Glad I don’t have to use this station every day, to be honest…
📍 Bishan, Singapore
9. Caldecott Hill
Sitting behind the creepy ol’ Bukit Brown Cemetery, is the equally spooky Mediacorp HQ. This spot has many haunted tales, including people hearing their name be called… how do they know our names? This information is enough to have you jumping out of your trousers. On top of that, people claim to have seen ghostly figures in the corners, and a child wandering around. Definitely, one of the most haunted places in Singapore.
10. Bedok Reservoir
It may be a pretty park but it’s another one of the most haunted places in Singapore. Bedok Reservoir has been dubbed the suicide spot because a number of people have taken their life, through the years, by jumping from the rocks. In turn, people have reported hearing creepy whispers and cries in the area, and kayakers in the lake have reported injuries all over their body after capsizing into the water. There have even been ceremonies here in attempts to cleanse the area of bad spirits.
📍 Eastern Singapore
Editorial contribution by Megan Zara Walsh.