When you hear the word Penang, what comes to mind? Do you think of authentic char kuey teow, Kek Lok Si Temple, or perhaps, beachside fun at Batu Ferringhi? These are some of the things Penang is famous for. Not many people know that Penang is also home to some uber-spooky sites! If you’re a thrill seeker, then this island is the perfect destination for your next holiday.
Here are 5 spooky places you must check out in Penang:
Penang War Museum
Crowned one of the top 10 most haunted sites in Asia by the National Geographic Channel, the Penang War Museum is certainly a must-visit for thrill seekers. Initially a military fortress built by the British in the 1930s, it fell to the Japanese during World War II. Thereafter, it was used by the Japanese army to detain prisoners of war.
A great many prisoners were tortured and executed here. The guillotine stand at the museum, once used by the Japanese army, provides a glimpse of past horrors. After the Japanese surrendered, the fortress was abandoned for decades.
It has now been restored and opened as a war museum, but many believe that the spirits of those tortured still roam around the fortress. Some claim to have seen apparitions at the museum, especially in the dark, creepy underground tunnels. This museum, with its dark history, is indeed a haunting place.
Address: Jalan Batu Maung, 11960 Batu Maung, Penang
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM daily
Contact Number: +6016-421 3606
Located in a palm oil plantation in Nibong Tebal, this mansion got its name because it has a total of 99 doors. Years ago, it belonged to the Ramsdens, a wealthy family from England. In 1948, John St. Maur Ramsden was murdered. He was shot twice in the head as he was heading up the stairs of the mansion. The case was never solved and the identity of the murderer still remains a mystery.
There are rumours that the mansion was later used by a local bomoh as a place to contact spirits from beyond. Some even believe that there is a 100th door in the mansion, leading to the spirit world. Super creepy, right? Wait, there’s more.
The gates to this mansion are currently locked following a mysterious fire earlier this year that damaged about 70% of the building. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but some locals believe it could be the work of something paranormal and sinister. Hopefully, this piece of spooky history opens up to the public soon. Till then, thrill-seekers will need to drive by the estate and check out this creepy mansion from afar. Click here for the Google Maps location.
This abandoned building on Penang Hill was initially acquired by the Sarkies brothers in the 1890s. They opened the Crag Hotel which offered beautiful views of Penang Island. The hotel operated until World War II, after which it fell into disuse.
Years later, the building was leased to the Uplands School and was operated as a boarding school. In 1977, the school relocated and the building was abandoned. Since then, it’s been used as a film set a couple of times, most recently for the BBC series, Indian Summers.
Some visitors claim to have heard weird noises when on site. The idea that this eerie, derelict building could be haunted isn’t far-fetched, but haunted by what exactly, nobody knows. Crag Hotel isn’t a popular tourist attraction, but it’s worth a visit for horror junkies. Be cautious as you approach the building as there have been reports of stray dogs in the area. Click here for the Google Maps location.
Shih Chung Branch School
Located in Georgetown, this school was turned into a military administrative building during the Japanese occupation. Many were said to have been tortured and executed in this building. Now, the school building is abandoned and is believed to be haunted by the innocent souls that were killed here years ago.
The building, overgrown with plants, indeed looks eerie and gives those passing by the heebie-jeebies. Some brave souls that ventured closer reportedly suffered attacks of hysteria. Nobody truly knows what lies within this abandoned school, but one thing’s for sure. It’s super spooky! Click here for the Google Maps location.
Penang Ghost Museum
This is certainly not your typical museum! This one-of-a-kind attraction showcases scary ghosts and mythical beings from various Asian folklore. The dim lighting and creepy ghost figurines create a spooky vibe for visitors. If you’re a fan of local folklore, especially the scary kind, this is a must-visit.
Pose and take pictures with your friends at the numerous exhibits. Who knows? You might just capture a photobombing ghost while you’re at it.
Address: 57, Lebuh Melayu, 10300 Georgetown, Penang
Operating Hours: 10 AM – 7 PM daily
Contact Number: +604-261 2352
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