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Top Ten Haunted Places


Boo! With Halloween just around the corner, spooky ghouls and ghosts have come out of hiding. Prepare yourselves and try not to piss in your pants because we’re bringing you on a journey to unravel the top ten haunted places in the world! You have been warned; don’t blame us if you don’t have a good night’s sleep tonight. 

1. The RMS Queen Mary, California

The RMS Queen Mary, also known as the ‘Grey Ghost’, is a gargantuan ship which holds an evocative history since 1936. Designed to be bigger and better than the Titanic, the Queen Mary had a short era of fame (3 years) until WW2 broke out. The ship ceased all luxury cruises and was converted to become a military troopship for the army. After the war, the Queen Mary continued it’s cruises but did not receive good responses as air travel was being more and more famous during that time. In the present day, the Queen Mary has become a hotel and place of attraction for brave spirit hunters. As of date, there has been 49 reported deaths on board; it’s no wonder spirits still wander the hallways of the ship!

2. Aokigahara, Japan

Also known as the ‘Suicide Forest’, Aokigahara is notoriously recognised for being one of the most popular suicide spots in the world. Located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji, it is estimated that an average total of 100 attempted suicides are carried out every year. The most common forms of suicide are hangings and drug overdose. Local authorities have tried to avoid these suicides by placing signs in the forest; urging suicidal visitors to seek for help, rather than to succumb to the voice of the Devil in their heads. Even to this very day, Aokigahara is being haunted by the ‘yūrei’ (angry spirits) of the ones who took away their own lives. 

3. Old Changi Hospital, Singapore

Built in 1935, the Old Changi Hospital was a During the time of the Japanese Occupation, the hospital was used by the ‘Kempeitai’ (Japanese Secret Police) as a torture and abuse chamber. After all the bloodshed had ended, the hospital resumed it’s services but was later abandoned when a new Changi Hospital was built. Nowadays, the empty hospital is also a popular recording site for local Singaporean horror movies. As of date, the hospital still remains abandoned and is now home to the tormented spirits who died by the hands of the Japanese. 

4. Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh

Mary King’s Close was a Scottish underground enclosure built in the 17th century. The close was then partially destroyed and buried beneath the Royal Exchange. Since then, the Mary King’s Close has been restricted from public admission. Over the years, the close has garnered it’s fair share of myths and urban legends. One of the urban legends states that the hauntings started when the quarantined patients of the Black Death were left to perish in the close. However, the close has now been reopened to the public and is now commercial tourist attraction.

5. Highland Towers, Malaysia

Perhaps one of the most tragic architectural accidents in the history of Malaysia, the collapse of the apartment building, Highland Towers, robbed a total of 48 lives. The building toppled down due to it’s structural failure and it’s location on an unsteady hill. Since then, there have been many ghost encounters over the years. One rumour states that there have been sightings of a long-haired woman wearing a white gown near the apartment at night. There have also been quite a number of possession cases by the residing demonic spirits. I wouldn’t want to be near the this apartment!

6. Highgate Cemetery, London
Being the resting home of more than 170,000 dead souls and 53,000 graves, the Highgate Cemetery was first established in 1839. Adorning the Victorian-style of architecture, the cemetery is known for it’s supernatural and paranormal sightings. There have also been numerous sightings of ominous silhouettes and glaring eyes at night. One of the myths tells a story of a psychotic woman who runs through the tombstones every night; looking for the children she had once murdered. 

7. The Island of the Dolls, Mexico

Imagine being alone with Chucky the Killer Doll in a tiny room. You think that’s bad? Now, imagine being in a forest full of creepy decaying doll; the horror! The origin of this doll island first came about when a native named Julián Santana Barrera started collecting broken dolls and began hanging these dolls on trees in order to conciliate the spirit of the dead girl he had once found. The dolls were rumoured to roam around the island at night; killing animals along the way. Since then, the Island of the Dolls has become a famous tourist attraction and the island is accessible by boat.

8. Monte Cristo, New South Wales

         Monte Cristo sounds more like Monte Carlo but its indeed something more horrific than that. Monte Cristo was once a beautiful Victorian home stay but due to the amount of deaths that occurred in the mansion, it has been citied as one of the most haunted places in Australia. In the 18th century, after the tragic death of the caretaker, Mr.Crawley, his wife was left devastated and it is said that she only left the mansion twice in the 23 years of her remaining life. Soon after that, she died and it is said that her ghost still haunts that house, particularly her former bedroom. 

9. Paris Catacombs, Paris

Located in the underground chambers of Paris, the Catacombs is a subterranean ossuary that holds the carcasses of over six million people. The bones of the corpses are arranged in a creative manner and are generally arranged onto of each another. Over the years, stories of dissatisfied spirits have accumulated and many visitors have complained of feeling supernatural forces while in the catacombs. In worse cases, some people have vanished without a trace within the catacombs.

10. Moosham Castle, Salzburg 

Built in the year 1191, the Moosham Castle is a medieval castle standing at the height of 1079 meters. The castle was said to be used for execution purposes of women who were believed to be practising witchcraft. The spirits of these women are said to have come back to haunt the castle. It has been rumoured that there are many types of spirits in the castle: angry ones, sad ones and even headless ones! Many reports also state that high-pitched screams have been heard throughout the hallways of the Moosham Castle. 

By: Alicia Koh and Michellejeet  

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