Halloween is nearly upon us!
October 31 is approaching at a rapid rate so it’s time to get spooky! And so, instead of scaring yourself by reading the news these days since COVID-19 emerged, why not do it the old-fashioned way? Read about, or even go looking for some actual haunted grounds and spirits. There are a number of spots in Singapore that are known for some paranormal activity, so let’s dive into the list and get spooked out, shall we? [Featured image: Nir Sinay, Flickr. Changi Hospital].
I probably won’t be going to sleep after writing this…
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 walks around the outer entrances have been organized in the past.
2. Old Tampines Road
This spot is said to cause a peculiar act on drivers when passing through the road. Many have reported feeling weight and pressure on them as they drive through the Old Tampines Road. Some say the area is haunted by Pontianaks, and are spirits of women that died during childbirth. We certainly won’t be taking the car out for a drive around here at the dead of night.
3. Yellow Tower In East Coast Park
Yellow Tower comes with another spooky tale. It is thought to be haunted by the spirit of a victim that was tragically murdered in the vicinity. Some even believe a young women was stabbed to death on the top of Amber Beacon itself, which could explain any strange paranormal activity.
4. National Museum of Singapore
Perhaps the biggest name, in terms of landmark, on this list. It’s a wonderful old Victorian building, erected in 1882, that adds to the spookiness. National Museum Of Singapore is rumored to be haunted by a former zoologist employee of the grounds, Carl Alexander Gibson Hill. He is said to have committed suicide on the grounds, and the spiral staircase — currently sealed off from public — is believed to be a spot for scary sightings. Many visitors claim to have felt something stopping them from climbing the stairs.
5. Bukit Brown Cemetery
A typical spot for some spooky sightings, being a graveyard and all. This is thought to be the biggest Chinese cemetery outside of China, holding about 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*.
6. 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. 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…
7. 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. Count me out of this one. On top of that, people claim to have seen ghostly figures in the corners. Nope, nope, nope.
8. Bedok Reservoir
A very creepy and tragic spot for our final entry. The Bedok Reservoir has gained a name of “suicide spot”. A number of people have taken their life jumping off the rocks. People have reported hearing creepy whispers and cries in the area, and people kayaking 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.