20 Spooky Places in Singapore and the Stories Behind Them
It doesn’t have to be Halloween to celebrate the spooky side of life. And while things may have been a bit dull around town recently, who said you couldn’t spice up your days with a hair-raising adventure?
If you’ve got the stomach for the scary, check out these haunted spots around Singapore. Consider yourself warned, though: after reading the eerie stories that go with them, you might want to think twice before visiting again.
1. The one that’s not on the map: Woodneuk House
What’s creepier than an abandoned and haunted building in the middle of the woods? If you ask us, this is where horror story scenes are usually set.
If you head towards the forestry area around Holland Road and Tyersall Road, you’ll discover an empty building built in the mid-1880s: Istana Woodneuk. Overgrown by earth and once owned by a Sultan of Johor, its halls are reportedly haunted by ghostly shadows, spirits, and playful poltergeists.
And get this, Woodneuk House doesn’t even show up on chartered maps of Singapore. So it’s for this reason that the building is out of bounds.
2. The one with schizophrenic patients: View Road Hospital
Before modern medicine was widely used, View Road Hospital and the likes of it were not where you’d want to end up when you fall ill.
Formerly called View Road Lodge, this local institute was first built in 1975. It later closed and became a worker’s dormitory for foreigners and became unoccupied a few years after that. Today, the building still stands empty and possesses many scary tales.
There have been accounts from nearby residents who have sworn that the property has trapped the souls of both the living and dead patients. Some have reported that they have seen bloodstains appear and even a phantom watchman who roams the property at night.
3. The one that scared off the media: Caldecott Hill Estate
We guess that this building was too haunted for media conglomerate Mediacorp to handle. What was once their headquarters is now a famous building known to be haunted. In fact, some of their employees have shared their stories to prove it.
Don’t believe us? Check out this video from an ex-worker here.
Caldecott Hill Estate is located next door to Bukit Brown Cemetery, which is known to be a haunted hotspot. From ghosts to strange voices – and even spirits following workers home at night – it’s enough to freak anyone out.
4. The one with the unhappy marriage: Block 99 Bedok North Avenue 4
According to local paranormal experts, the Bedok area is known for being a “ghost town”. In particular, the Block 99 Bedok North Avenue 4 apartments will send chills down your spine.
The story: a husband and wife in an unhappy marriage lived in one of the apartments on the 25th floor. Clad in her red Chinese wedding dress, the wife took their three-year-old son one day and jumped off the building with the boy in her arms. The man later remarried his mistress, and they lived in the same flat, where they, too, had a son. When their child turned three years old, the toddler opened the window and jumped to his death, shouting, “This is for kor kor (big brother)!”.
For years, no one would buy the apartment. However, several accounts reveal that a strange energy could be felt on the ground level where the deceased landed.
5. The one where cyclists go: Old Tampines Road
It’s pretty well-known among locals that Old Tampines Road is a dodgy place, with many preferring to avoid the road altogether, especially during nighttime – thanks to the strange and supernatural activities that seem to occur here.
This iconic location is haunted by Pontianaks (maleficent female spirits who died during childbirth) that still roam the Earth.
Many cyclists have said to feel an extra weight on their bodies when pedalling along this road. Some of them also experienced random bouts of rain in this spot when zooming around on scooters, while others have randomly smelt a sweet, floral scent that seems to linger in the air when eerie vibes occur.
6. The one that put Singapore in the global scare radar: Old Changi Hospital
Back in World War II, the military used Old Changi Hospital as a prison under the Japanese Occupation, where they kept more than 50,000 people captive. Witness accounts include hearing the prisoners’ cries and moans around the building, with some having spotted dark figures and Pontianaks looking for revenge. Do not trespass here, as Old Changi Hospital is out of bounds.
Tip: if you’re still curious about Old Changi Hospital, watch Haunted Changi, a documentary by filmmaker Tony Kern, which explores the insides of the ghostly infirmary. Stream the film here.
7. The one with the indestructible house: Matilda House
Also known as Ghost House or The Waiting Palace, the Matilda House was built in 1902 by a wealthy patriarch named Alexander Cashin as a gift to his wife. The house is indestructible because it is believed that it’s incredibly haunted and can’t be demolished because of the spirits “guarding” the abode.
The six-bedroom house was still in the family’s possession until the government obtained it with the hopes of turning it into a residential development back in 1985. However, rumour has it when they tried to break down the building, they just couldn’t and eventually gave up. Today, the Matilda House stands abandoned, and many can feel the hair-raising energies floating around. It is currently closed off for public viewing.
8. The one riddled with legends and myths: Kubur Kassim
If you grew up reading or listening to old Malaysian folklore, you might be familiar with the beastly supernatural human-like creature, the Orang bunian. An Orang bunian is an invisible force that those with an activated spiritual third eye could only see.
The land in which the Kubur Kassim burial grounds was first created was in the Siglap neighbourhood. In addition, the word siglap is translated to “the dark one”. Some have tried to spot the mystical creature here, where you’ll also discover graves devoted to the Orang bunian. Locals in the area also say that Pontianaks float about here, too.
9. The one with the underwater graves: MacRitchie Reservoir
Have you jogged or walked along the MacRitchie Reservoir? Well, don’t be surprised when we say that the trails there are haunted. The beautiful, glistening reservoir is home to many floating graves, which you could sometimes see poking out of the water when you look carefully during the low tide season.
There’s also a famous Shinto shrine called the Syonan Jinja, found there. Legend has it that a mass suicide ritual undertaken by Japanese soldiers occurred here to preserve its sacredness through the ancient art of belly cutting. They’re the same soldiers’ spirits who still linger in the woods today. Some joggers have even gotten lost for more than ten hours within the reservoir.
10. The one with the former food ration shelter: Marsiling Bunkers
During wartime, what was once used as a British bunker to hide and keep rations like food is now a long-forgotten dugout. Marsiling Bunkers now lie tucked away from the world inside the Marsiling forest, covered by greenery.
If you dare to enter the old, derelict bunker yourself, don’t say we didn’t warn you to steer clear of it. To say that the bunkers are spooky is an understatement. Professional paranormal investigators like Dr Yasser Mattar even claim to have picked up strange energies inside, saying they’re most likely from the deceased people who were ill-treated down there.
11. The one with the ghostly property: Neo Tiew HDB Estate
Although this housing estate is still in use by the army for military training, Neo Tiew HDB Estate still hasn’t managed to escape the constant rumours of spirits that seem to haunt the grounds.
The building itself is completely deserted, and the Armed Forces use only the ground areas. There have been countless tales from those who train here about the different paranormal activities, especially at night. Try to spot the banana tree believed to contain the spirit of a conniving Pontianak trapped inside.
12. The one with the suicide story: Bedok Reservoir Park
One of the many popular spots in Singapore for daily exercise or nature tripping is Bedok Reservoir Park. However, not many people know that the reserve has a chilling past.
Between the years 2011 and 2012, six people took their own lives here. Authorities only discovered the sixth body on the day after locals conducted a spirit-ridding ritual to defeat the reservoir’s evil. However, residents believe that their spirits still haunt the grounds to this day.
13. The one with the doomed tower: Amber Beacon Tower
Twenty-nine years ago, a tragic incident occurred down at East Coast Park. To be more specific, it happened at the now-rusty, yellow Amber Beacon Tower.
Back in 1992, a local couple was casually sitting on the spiral staircase when they were brutally stabbed out of nowhere. The woman, Kelly Tan Ah Hong, was 21 years old and died before help arrived. Today, it’s believed that her young spirit still lingers here, haunting the tower’s walls.
14. The one with the cursed road: Devil’s Bend @ Old Upper Thomson Road
Did you know that during the years 1961 to 1974, the original Singapore Grand Prix always included Devil’s Bend @ Old Upper Thomson Road as part of the circuit route?
Many have driven to their death here, including the lives of those who have taken the chances and come here for illegal street racing. In 2008, two people were driving on the road when their car suddenly fell into a ditch, killing everyone inside. It is believed that the streets remain haunted by all the spirits that have lost their lives here.
15. The one with the unusual escape: Pulau Ubin
Many travellers and locals visit this idyllic island of Pulau Ubin because it is known for its serene beauty that looks like an oasis out of Singapore. But have you ever realised that this island is filled with tons of shrines for the dead who lost their lives on the land during wartime?
One of the most famous casualties is a German girl who died trying to escape the British army during the British Occupation. Her body parts were believed to be kept inside the shrine. Visitors who have the sixth sense have also felt strange vibes on this island, especially around the deserted cycle trails and camping beaches.
16. The one with the prisoners of war: Old Police Academy
Who would want to begin their early days of military training only to be haunted by the sounds of Japanese soldiers marching up and down the Old Police Academy’s parade square in the dark of the night? Certainly not us.
Photo by @niz.ayu_ on InstagramAsk any ex-officer who trained here, and you would probably hear one of their hair-raising stories about seeing shadows and figures in the area. Many believe that they belong to the prisoners of war, as Old Police Academy used to be a former holding camp for captives during the Japanese Occupation.
17. The one with the greenery playground: Pasir Ris Park
It’s pretty freaky that many popular parks in Singapore have bone-chilling stories behind them, but here’s another: Pasir Ris Park.
The popular beach park is believed to have several paranormal activities going on to this day – from lingering Pontianaks to the sounds of evil laughter in the air. In fact, many years ago, around the now-famous Birdwatch Tower (visited by many to snap one or two epic shots for their Instagram feeds), a young boy took his life.
18. The one with the unfriendly beings: Jalan Mempurong
Ghosts flying around and unknown beings shrieking from trees are some of the many occurrences seen and heard by locals living near Jalan Mempurong.
This forgotten corner in Singapore is known among industry insiders within the spiritual and metaphysical world to be where local shamans come to release dark entities. But, more spookily, Pontianaks and the spirits that roam in the area aren’t known to be the friendliest (or so we’ve heard).
19. The one with the wandering museum director: National Museum of Singapore
It’s widely known that the National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum and the most favoured amongst gallery aficionados. But unbeknownst to many, the famous building – its striking and often-off-limits Victorian-style spiral staircase, specifically – lies a haunted tale.
According to museum staff and frequent visitors, the late zoologist and former museum director Carl Alexander Gibson-Hill’s spirit is sometimes spotted wandering up and down the stairs. So, the next time you’re visiting the museum, and you feel a sudden cold draft around your neck, well… now you know.
20. The one with the world-famous beach: Siloso Beach
Here’s another travel tidbit you might not know: the sunny Sentosa island used to be known as Pulau Belakang Mati, which roughly translates to “island of death from behind”. While the island is loaded with fun attractions and hotspots today, its dark past stems way beyond that.
It’s believed that the ghosts of many executed soldiers are still trapped on Siloso Beach, that’s why they linger around the quiet corners of the island. People who have spent many a night on Sentosa island have encountered weird experiences, especially in the wee hours of the morning.
FREAKED OUT YET??!! We most certainly are! Who knew Singapore had such an eerily amount of haunted places around…
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