Singapore is one of the most developed countries in Asia. However, its well-manicured public parks, clean pathways, tall modern buildings, and efficient transport systems belie hidden secrets, Singapore is actually an island that has been inhabited for hundreds of years.  Therefore it’s only natural that many urban myths and legends develop here.

Some of these urban legends involve hauntings and tales of spectres and make for good tales to spook with friends with during Halloween. Here are some of the most haunted spots in Singapore that make good Halloween stories.

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1. The Amber Beacon at East Coast Park

Amber beacon at East Coast Park
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This small yellow tower with its spiral staircase was meant to be a lookout point. However, since the early 1990s, tales of a female ghost have been associated with the Amber Beacon. People say that she was chatting with a male friend on the spiral steps one night when she was stabbed by hooligans and died before the ambulance could arrive. Some sources claim that she was gang-raped, while others claim it was only a robbery. Whatever the truth of the matter is, it appears her soul cannot rest in peace as her murder was never solved.

  • Where: 920 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449875

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2. The Old Changi Hospital

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This abandoned building is still visited by certain heritage groups, but right now it stands unused and decaying. The old structure was constructed by the British and did serve as a hospital. However, during the Japanese occupation, this building functioned as a detention centre for prisoners of war. Countless atrocities were committed by the Japanese against their British counterparts including torturing them and murdering them in cold blood. The miserable souls of these dead British soldiers are said to still be trapped in this building, and their moans of pain can be heard in the dead of night. Spooky!

  • Where: 24 Halton Road, Singapore 506997

3. Bukit Brown Cemetery

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Bukit Brown is the island’s oldest and largest cemetery with over 100,000 graves. Some of these graves belong to leading Singaporeans who helped build the city, including Ong Sam Leong, Chew Boon Lay, and Chew Joo Chiat. The graveyard was closed in 1973.

In the daytime, locals can be seen walking the paths for light exercise. At night, however, not many dare to venture near. This is because stories of figures appearing and walking among the graves have been reported, including some stories of the Sikh statues guarding the graves coming to life.

  • Where: 36C Lorong Halwa, Singapore 298637

4. Haw Par Villa

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How many of us remember being brought here by our parents as kids? This theme park has been around for decades and was built by the Haws, who also founded the whole Tiger Balm brand. The creepy statues here depict dioramas from everyday life, as well as from various Chinese legends.

The scarier part of the park would be the ’10 Courts of Hell’, which depict the torturous punishments awaiting those who behave immorally while alive. Although these scenes were meant for parents to teach their children the importance of good behaviour, they are still creepy. Guards in Haw Par Villa claim to have heard sounds of screams and agonizing moans coming from this area. Active imagination or haunting? You can always verify by yourself and get tickets online to get your money’s worth when you visit theme parks like Haw Par Villa. Some online sites include Ticket Network and Fave.

  • Where: 262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118628
  • Opening hours: 9am-7pm, daily

5. Woodleigh MRT Station

Woodleigh MRT station is a new station that is built on what was once the Bidadari cemetery. The rest of the cemetery has been developed into a new apartment complex. Apparently, the station remained inoperational long a time after it was completed due to presumed spirit hauntings. Commuters reported having to pass through this totally dark and creepy station, while some even saw fast moving figures and shadows standing on the platform. This MRT station has now been opened, but apparently, those using it still feel a tingle up the spine whenever they’re here.

  • Where: Woodleigh MRT, NE11.
Woodleigh MRT station
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6. St. John’s Island

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This island off the South of Singapore is popular among outdoors fans and those wanting a short getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. The beaches here are quiet and the waters crystal clear. However, not many know that this island has a long history. Back in the days when medicine wasn’t as advanced, patients with infectious but incurable diseases like leprosy, Beriberi, and cholera were sent here to be quarantined. In many cases, they didn’t survive and their spirits are said to roam around the island. Visitors have reportedly experienced sudden chills and cold spots for no reason when they walk or cycle on the island’s many footpaths. It’s also said that the Japanese kept and tortured prisoners here during World War II.

Singapore definitely has way more haunted spots than these. However, some of them have been closed off to the public due to structural weaknesses. Remember that when you explore any abandoned areas, your safety is always more important.

Trick or treat? If haunted places are not your thing, and you prefer a good ‘not-haunted’ place for food, do check here for some of the best supper places in Singapore that are open until late.

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