Every country has ghost stories that are passed down from generation to generation, and many times there is some truth behind the stories that will leave even the most experienced ghost hunters shivering. Singapore is a nation with a few spooky stories about locations that are haunted by possible paranormal activity.
These creepy haunted places can be fun to explore while on vacation in Singapore, so buckle up while we take you through the top spooky urban legends.
Top 12 Haunted Places in Singapore
1) The Yellow Tower
Haunted By: The Spirit of a Girl
How it Became Haunted: Years ago, a lady was at this tower with her boyfriend on a date. He was knocked unconscious, and she was raped and stabbed to death by a group of assailants who were never caught. To this day, you can see a female figure lingering near the tower that can occasionally be heard screaming for help.
2) Pulau Tekong
Haunted By: Charlie Company’s Ghost
How it Became Haunted: Years ago, a young recruit went for a 16km march when he got separated from the rest of his platoon. He was later found strung from a tree with his intestines on the ground next to his body. Voices can be heard in the barracks at night, and the bunk where the recruit slept can be heard shaking as he gets up to roam the halls at night.
3) Old Changi Hospital
Haunted By: The Spirits of the POWs
How it Became Haunted: This is a location that was designed as a hospital to care for the wounds of the British, but when it was captured by the Japanese, it was turned into a prison camp. It is rumored that this location was used to torture prisoners. Currently, the building is vacant, but the screams and cries of those tortured during the war can still be heard in the halls of the hospital.
4) Bedok Reservoir
Haunted By: A Mother and Her Son
How it Became Haunted: The story behind Bedok happened at Block 99. Here, a mother committed suicide with her son in her arms. She left a message on the walls for her adulterous husband saying: It’s not over darling.” The husband moved his mistress into the same apartment, and when their son was born, he complained that his “older brother” bullied him. Sometimes you can hear the laughter of this duo, and you can even feel yourself being pulled towards the reservoir.
5) Haw Par Villa
Haunted By: Ghosts of those Entering the Gates of Hell
How it Became Haunted: Designed as a theme park that explores Chinese folklore and the 10 courts of hell, and one of the gates is said to be located in Haw Par Villa. The gate opens up in the Tunnel of Hell, which allows ghosts from the other side the chance to visit our world. Legend says that the statues found here are actually human remains that have been covered in wax, and you can hear the screams of these individuals at night in the park.
6) Bukit Brown Cemetery
Haunted By: The ghosts of over 100,000 graves.
The Bukit Brown cemetery was opened in 1922 as a Chinese public cemetery, but it had to close in 1973 because land is so scarce in Singapore. In 2011 cemetery re-emerged in the national spotlight because the government announced plans to build an 8-lane highway through part of the cemetery that would affect 4,000 graves.
Some say this is why the Bukit Brown cemetery is haunted because the ghosts are guarding their resting place.
7) Changi Old Beach Houses
Haunted By: Innocent Souls Lost During WWII
How it Became Haunted: Renting this beach house may not be the best idea unless you are looking for paranormal activity. This location was the site of the Sook Ching massacre during WWII, and it’s said that many of the innocents that were killed then still roam the beach crying. Some who have visited the Changi Old Beach Houses have left the site with bruises and scars on them that were not there before their visit.
8) St. John’s Island
Haunted By: Ghostly soldiers of prisoners of war
How it Became Haunted: Once used as a quarantine station, this small island that looks so much like a paradise has a dark history that dates back to WWII. One of the most horrific sights found here is the life-size chess board that Japanese soldiers used to torture POWs. Any human chess piece that was captured during the game would be beheaded on the spot. Today, screams can still be heard coming from the board after the sun sets in the evening.
9) Pasir Ris Tower
Haunted By: Spirits of Local Singaporeans
How it Became Haunted: A young boy who could see spirits climbed to the top of this tower to communicate with one, but when he reached the top, he was violently thrown from the top floor of the tower. Today, many visitors have said that they have experienced a sinister presence while walking near the “suicide tower” late at night, and some have even said that they felt the urge to climb the tower when they got close to it.
10) Sentosa Island
Haunted By: The Spirits of WWII Soldiers
How it Became Haunted: Though this looks like a resort with hotels, beaches, and more, it was not always a location that was so fun to explore. Before the 1970s, this was a place that was called Pulau Belakang Mati, which roughly translates to the black island of death. Civilians were hurled into the sea for being anti-Japanese. In fact, the Serapong Golf Course, which used to be a beach, once had more than 300 corpses wash up on the shores.
11) Punggol Beach
Haunted By: The Spirits of Those Killed on the Beach
How it Became Haunted: Punggol Beach is known as one of the biggest massacres in Singapore. On February 28, 1942, when over 400 civilians were murdered here, this area became known as slaughter beach. To this day, you can hear wails on the beach of those who were killed, and their remains have been found for years by individuals visiting the beach. In fact, remains have been found as recently as the year 1977.
12) Woodleigh MRT Station
Haunted By: The Spirits of Those Who Were Laid to Rest Here
How it Became Haunted: Many people complain when a train service does not run 24/7, but the residents who live in this area are more than happy to see the train services stop for the night, especially considering that this MRT station was built over a Jewish cemetery. During the day, the train is packed, but when night arrives, it is frequented by ghosts that were disturbed in their eternal resting spot. You can see figures on the platforms, roaming the tracks, and even riding the trains.
13) Neo Tiew Estate
Haunted By: The Spirit of the King of the Banana Trees
How it Became Haunted: Long ago, a man threatened the King of the banana trees by sticking needles into the tree. He wanted to hit it rich, and when he did, he never removed the needles from the tree, which caused the tree and the king to die. Today, the spirit of the king and female banana tree spirits can be seen looking out of the apartment windows, looking for a someone who was put to death by a tree.
It takes a brave soul to explore these haunted locations, but legitimate haunted locations are much more thrilling than haunted houses designed for Halloween thrills. The best part is that you can visit these locations all year, so the next time you feel like exploring something new, Singapore is full of haunted locations. In fact, this list only skims the surface; what are some other haunted locations in Singapore that are worth checking out?