Has the scream factor at Ocean Park worn thin? Does the thought of trampling up and down LKF give you a bad case of the yawns? Maybe it’s time for you to confront the supernatural for real. Hong Kong is littered with real-life haunted buildings and locations. If you’re looking for a way to spook up your Halloween, why not pay a visit to some of the most haunted places in Hong Kong? Grab a map, hold your friend’s hand, and try not to get too spooked:
Sai Ying Pun Community Complex
2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
Also known as the “High Street Haunted House” this notoriously spooky property has long said to have been filled with ghosts and other things that go bump in the night. Constructed in 1892, the original facade still remains as a monument to the past.
Things took a turn for the worse during the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong (1941-1945), when the building was used by Japanese soldiers as an execution and torture chamber. Later, it was converted in a mental asylum and eventually abandoned around the 1960s. Although the building was officially empty, there were numerous sightings of ghostly figures roaming the halls, and even headless poltergeists running amok. One of the spookier sightings include figures in traditional Chinese attire suddenly bursting into flames when you make eye-contact with them.
During the day, the building is buzzing hub of energy with several charity organisations and services being provided to the community. But at night…let’s just say you might want to bring your running shoes (to flee!).
White House Compound
Corner of Victoria Road and Mount Davis Road, Hong Kong
Sitting unmarked and a little imposingly over the west side of Hong Kong island, the White House Compound was built in the 1950s by the Royal Engineers Regiment as their clubhouse. A few years later, it was taken over by the Special Branch of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force and rumour has it that it was used as a detention centre for Taiwanese spies. During the 1967 riots, the building was used to detain and interrogate political dissidents and political supporters of the Chinese Communist Party. Prisoners were kept indefinitely in tiny cells known as “tin cans”, and were kept in abysmal conditions.
The building has since been rebuffed, but this hasn’t stopped tales of screaming figures and ghostly prisoners calling for help. A bit of Hong Kong history? Yes. A place to have a midnight picnic? Perhaps not.
Single Braid Road
Behind Chung Chi Canteen, Pond Cres, Ma Liu Shui, Chinese University Campus
A small road behind the canteen at the Chinese University Campus has earned an ominous name due to an unsettling ghost story that has been around for years (the legend even pops up in the student’s orientation booklet).
The story goes that there was an illegal Mainland Chinese immigrant who came with her boyfriend on the train headed to Hong Kong. As the pair crossed the boarder, they noticed ticket inspectors working their way down the carriage checking for papers or an ID. Panicking, she jumped from the train right near the university but unfortunately her braid got stuck in the door and her face was ripped off. Ghost sitings have reported a young girl pacing the road behind the canteen with some saying she is calling out for her boyfriend, but when approached by some passer-bys, they noticed that she had no face (dun, dun, DUN!) Another report says that instead of a missing face, she has another braid infront of her face (kind of like the creepy ghost from The Ring).
Tai Mei Tuk in Tai Po in Plover Cove Country Park
Hidden deep within Plover Clove Country Park, the Bride’s Pool is renowned for being a beautiful hike and a tragic tale of woe. It is said that there was once a young bride who was being carried across the streams and waterfall in a sedan on her way to the ceremony, when the bearers slipped and the bride was thrown from her seat. As she was dressed in a plush wedding dress, she sank like a stone and no one was able to pull her out of the water in time.
Swimmers say they have sighted ghostly feet in the water, and some say she will pull bachelor’s from the rocks and try to drag them down with her to a watery grave. If you’re feeling a little nervous about encountering a spooky swimmer, why not try another hike instead.
Nam Koo Terrace
55 Ship Street, Wan Chai
Classified as a Grade 1 Historical Building and usually one of the first stops in a Hong Kong ghost tour, this abandoned building has a morbid and dark history. During the Japanese Occupation, the building was used as a brothel or as a “comfort house” for soldiers. Many of the women were raped and even murdered, and it is said you can sometimes hear the screams and cries of these “comfort women” emanating from deep within the buildings foundations.
In 2003, a group of middle-school students tried to stay the night at the terrace, yet their stay was cut short when they claimed to have seen a ghost. 3 of the students had to be hospitalised to receive psychiatric and one claimed to be possessed by a ghost.
96 Stanley Main St, Stanley
If you’ve ever been to Stanley (as most of us have), Murray House is the large colonial building looming over the plaza. Now home to some posh restaurants and great views, this building was used in WW2 as a Japanese military police base, and it is said that it was here that they executed some 4,000 Hong Kong civilians. The building has since been exorcised twice to ensure comfort for all those who visit, but still it is rumoured that a headless ghost wanders the corridors and in the bathrooms, and some staff have reported strange typing sounds at night.
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Has the scream factor at Ocean Park worn thin? Does the thought of trampling up and down LKF give you a bad case of the yawns? Maybe it’s time for you to confront the supernatural for real. Hong Kong is littered with real-life haunted buildings and locations. If you’re looking for a way to spook…