Singapore is best known for its rich cultural background, great local cuisine, and efficient transport system. Its airport, Changi Airport, has been a consistent choice as the best in the world. It is also frequently visited by tourists who want to experience a taste of Southeast Asia while still enjoying a more modern and technologically advanced lifestyle.
But what many people probably don’t know is that some spots in the Lion City also have a reputation for being haunted. Since Halloween is right around the corner, we dare you to visit some of the spookiest sites found in Singapore.
Old Changi Hospital
This abandoned colonial-style building is considered as Singapore’s most haunted spot. Old Changi Hospital was constructed in 1935 to support the British Royal Air Force before being taken over by the Japanese troops during World War II. Originally meant to treat wounded soldiers and prisoners of war, it has been said that this hospital was used as a torture camp instead.
This place is definitely not for the faint-hearted as it was reported that crying, screaming, and moaning can still be heard until today, not to mention numerous sightings of shadowy figures that roam its hallways. If you’re feeling adventurous, though, you can join ghost tours that are still occasionally arranged in the building.
Amber Beacon Tower
East Coast Park is one of the most popular leisure spots in Singapore. It is definitely one of the best places to visit for a peaceful weekend with families and friends. One imposing sight in this idyllic spot, however, is marred by a grim tale.
The bright yellow Amber Beacon Tower has been said to house the spirit of a young woman who was brutally raped and stabbed to death. The murderers were never caught and it has been said that people passing by the tower can sometimes still hear the victim’s cry for help.
Bedok Reservoir is said to be the most haunted body of water in Singapore. On top of the creepy ghost stories and urban legends surrounding this area, Bedok Reservoir saw an unprecedented number of suicide cases between 2011 to 2012, making it infamously labeled as a “suicide destination” online.
It is speculated that the reservoir is home to water demons who are responsible for luring people out and dragging them underwater. Some nights, passersby even reportedly heard ghostly wailing and an invisible force that tempts them to run closer to the water.
Mount Pleasant Road
Ironically, Mount Pleasant Road doesn’t seem to be as pleasant as its name suggests. This narrow windy stretch that branches out from Thomson Road and connects to Bukit Timah was one of the sites where the Sook Ching massacre took place during the Japanese occupation. It is also the location of some of the places featured in hair-raising horror stories passed down for generations in Singapore.
One notable urban legend about this haunted road is related to pontianaks, a female vampiric ghost in mythology. Be wary when driving through Mount Pleasant Road as the fragrance of frangipani flowers might seep through your car which signifies that a pontianak is around.
Neo Tiew Estate
This whole estate of abandoned buildings in Singapore is now being used for urban operation exercises by the Singapore Armed Forces. This block of low-rise HDB flats, however, is rumored to be swarmed by vengeful banana tree spirits. Some of the old residents, before they were moved out to Jurong West almost 20 years ago, even claim that there were pontianak sightings in the area.
Nowadays, the spookiness of the place could be due to the unkempt appearance of the building more than the urban legends and ghost stories that surround it.