Singapore may only be a small island, but there are quite a few notoriously haunted buildings and cemeteries where you wouldn’t want to become stranded alone at night!
Having a long and chequered history, it comes as no surprise that Singapore has many haunted locations, with a lot of tragedy and torture occurring during its modern history. From loud screams in the night to creepy dolls that appear out of nowhere, and from ghosts floating through the walls to sinister creatures living in trees, let’s check out some of the most well-known “haunts” in the Little Red Dot.
What is it? Commonly known as Kopi Sua (Coffee Hill), this famous cemetery was a Chinese burial place that was opened as long ago as 1922. It was nearly cleared for development in the 1970s and a expressway is expected to be built through in the upcoming years. Residents (and ghosts) will no doubt be displeased!
Why is it haunted? Reported sightings of devilish creatures hiding in the trees, with fiery red eyes and evil laughs, which broke the silence of the cemetery at night.
The Old Changi Hospital
What is it? Built in 1935 as a British military hospital, it was occupied by the Japanese forces in WWII. The hospital was officially closed in 1997, as the patients were moved to the new Changi General Hospital. Even today, the old hospital remains abandoned – apart from a few daring ghostbusters!
Why is it haunted? Screams and shadows could be seen and heard at some of the wards, which were rumoured to be used as torture chambers by the Japanese during the Sook Ching Massacre of WWII.
The Matilda House
What is it? The Matilda House is also known as the “White House” and is located in Punggol. Abandoned since the 1970s, it is apparently soon to be turned into a night club – with a spooky theme, no doubt!
Why is it haunted? Evil spirits have since occupied the empty house and would supposedly kill anyone who attempted to enter.
What is it? Hillview Mansion sat atop Hillview Hill. It was mostly demolished 10 years ago, but a gate and a pile of rocks remain, perhaps for evil spirits to linger.
Why is it haunted? The previous owner’s family was killed in a tragic yet accidental fire, and renovations were never quite completed because of the evil spirits lingering in the house which scared away the workmen.
The Red House
What is it? It is an abandoned chalet from colonial times, so-called because of its striking red décor. Located in Pasir Ris in the east of the island, it is a favourite haunted locale for thrill-seeking Singaporeans.
Why is it haunted? There was a rocking armchair with a creepy doll sitting on it in the house, and a pair of stone lions, with seemingly moving eyes, stared at whoever attempted to sneak into the compound.
Pulau Tekong Barracks
What is it? Pulau Tekong is Singapore’s largest island and was the site of a military base famous for its tough trainings and ghost stories. It is rumoured that trainings were banned on Thursday nights due to the lurking of evil spirits.
Why is it haunted? The spirit of a dead recruit who died during a routine training session was trapped in the bunk. An additional door had to be built into the wall to free the ghost.
Have you ever felt haunted in Singapore? Have you ever visited any of the six locations listed above? What were your experiences?