It’s impossible to avoid ghost stories, growing up in Singapore. Chances are, your primary school had a haunted toilet — and when you graduated, your secondary school also had a haunted toilet. There’s something undeniably fascinating about listening to ghost stories, exploring the rumoured haunted places in Singapore, feeling our hair stand and that icy thrill racing down our spine.
If you’re wondering which haunted spot you should explore (or avoid), you’ve come to the right place. Here are 30 of the most haunted places in Singapore — some infamous, some surprising, and some you might be walking past every day.
1. Hillview Mansion
Hillview Mansion was once the highest and most extravagant residential property in the neighbourhood, yet its construction was abruptly halted. Rumour has it that the sudden stop was due to the tragic accident that befell the owner’s mistress, where she fell to her death from the balcony.
The mansion was later sold to an unknown property developer, and over the years, urban explorers and ghost hunters who’ve visited have claimed to hear sounds of a lady weeping at night.
In 2006, the owner suddenly ordered the demolition of the mansion, and in the same year, a landslide hit the area where the house once stood. Stabilisation work was attempted on the land, but another landslide mysteriously struck the same spot the next year, burying any possible remains of Hillview Mansion.
2. Bukit Batok Nature Park
Bukit Batok Nature Park once housed war memorials built by Australian POWs under the command of the Japanese in WWII as it overlooked the battlefield where many fell in the Battle of Bukit Timah.
Two of Singapore’s biggest unsolved rape-murder cases also happened in this park, and it’s been said that the ghosts of the murder victims still wander around the park at night.
Additionally, people have shared their stories online of spotting spirits in white on trees — or even chasing after them. An anonymous user recounted that she was almost possessed by a pontianak after spotting it in the quarry lake, but thankfully, the evil spirit was exorcised with the help of her relative who dabbled in the spiritual realm.
There’s quite a few stories centred around the quarry lake, so if you want to avoid any trouble, just steer clear of the lake at night.
3. Block 99 Bedok North Ave 4
If you live in Bedok, you might want to pay special attention to this one. Here’s how the story goes: An unhappily married wife living on the 25th floor of Block 99 threw her three-year-old son out of the window and, in a red Chinese wedding dress, jumped out herself.
The husband later married his mistress, and they went on to have a son and lived in the same flat. When the boy turned three, he said he was going “play Superman with Kor Kor (big brother)”, laughing and smiling before he too, jumped to his death. Later, Chinese words were found scrawled in the master bedroom: “This is for mummy.
People claim that you can still feel their energy on the spot where they landed on the ground floor, and for years, no one was willing to buy the unit. Yet, even when the flat stood empty, neighbours reportedly claimed that they heard the sound of a woman crying and the laughter of a woman and a boy coming from the house.
4. Changi Chalets
The Changi chalets are notorious for being one of the most haunted places in Singapore. Even before the infamous case of suicide by two young girls at Chalet M, there were many stories of hauntings shared by netizens online.
Baby handprints appearing at absurd heights on windows, mysterious knocking sounds, doors slamming shut and strange shadows are but some of the encounters many have met. Ever since the tragic incident, there’s also been reports of sightings of ghostly female figures at the chalets.
Fun fact: One of our colleagues in the office also had a paranormal encounter during her stay in one of the chalets. Her belongings disappeared mysteriously — the work of a mischievous ghost — and was only returned to her after one of her spiritually connected friends prayed for forgiveness and understanding.
5. Neo Tiew HDB Estate
The Neo Tiew estate is quite literally a ghost town. That’s creepy in itself, but to make it worse, many also believe that it is haunted by spirits that dwell in the banana trees around the deserted complex.
This once pleasant neighborhood in Singapore transformed into one of the creepiest haunted places due to the actions of a reckless gambler. It started when the gambler stuck seven needles into a banana tree to force the spirit living inside to provide him with numbers that would help him win the lottery. But after he made it rich, he failed to remove the needles, killing the tree and thus angering the spirit within.
These days, the estate is used by the Singapore Armed Forces for military training. Still, the eerie happenings haven’t stopped.
People claim that you can still hear the sound of babies crying and things dropping on the floor around the estate when it’s empty. Some even say they’ve spotted pontianaks — who are often associated with banana trees — in the nearby area.
6. Old Tampines Road
Many cyclists have talked about feeling an extra weight on their bodies when travelling down this misty, narrow road that is known for numerous freak accidents. Anyone else getting reminded of the ending of Shutter? But if you think ditching the bike for a car will protect you, think again.
Cab drivers claim that there is a disappearing woman who would flag them down at the same time every day. If they ignore her, she would disappear in the mirror. But if an unsuspecting cabbie were to pick her up, the smell of frangipani — which could mean a pontianak is nearby — would greet them once they reached the end of the road.
7. Matilda House
Matilda House is said to be protected by an ancestral spirit that kills anyone who dares disturb the house. Back before the building was abandoned, villagers used to see a lady with long hair sitting in a nearby tree, guarding the house from unwanted visitors.
The story doesn’t stop here. Apparently, when the government reacquired the house and tried to demolish it for redevelopment, three construction workers mysteriously passed away, and the project was abandoned out of fear of angering the spirit. For years, the house stood dilapidated in a field in Punggol.
Today, the Matilda House has been conserved and transformed into a condominium clubhouse, but the lights inside are never turned off. Rumours have it that spiritual masters had to negotiate with the spirits in the house during the renovation, but a condominium resident who claims he has spiritual sight says that the Matilda House is still possessed.
8. Red Bridge of Singapore Polytechnic
The Red Bridge of Singapore Polytechnic (SP) definitely ranks as one of the top haunted places in Singapore. Many who aren’t students of SP have also heard of this infamous bridge.
This bridge was not red originally. On a certain night, a distressed student tied a rope to her neck and jumped from the bridge, severing her neck from her body with the incredible force from her fall. Rumour has it that the blood stains on the bridge could not be washed away — even if they succeeded, it would reappear soon after again.
The bridge was said to be painted red to cover up the bloodstains. Since then, there have been accounts from students spotting a ghostly figure on the bridge or feeling uncomfortable when crossing it at night.
9. Jalan Mempurong
According to some paranormal investigators, this road takes the cake for being one of the most haunted places in Singapore. It’s used to serve nearby villages, including the infamous Kampong Wak Hassan. Many who pass by have claimed to see ghosts flying around the area, with some people even spotting a pontianak.
And the spirits that dwell here aren’t the ordinary sort either. Turns out, they’re not exactly the friendliest and are known for being aggressive and inflicting harm. Apparently, local shamans also come here to release dark entities that they’ve caught, which certainly ups the creep factor.
10. Woodleigh MRT Station
Woodleigh MRT Station was completed in 2003, but for eight years, it was left deserted and closed to the public. Before it finally opened in 2011, commuters reportedly spotted ghostly white figures in the empty station platform when the train whizzed past from Serangoon to Potong Pasir.
The station was built beneath the old Bidadari Cemetery, where over 143,000 graves were exhumed to make space for redevelopment. It’s said that the spirits were unhappy with being disturbed and that pocongs — a shrouded ghost from Indonesian and Malaysian folklore believed to be the soul of a dead person wrapped in burial cloth — have been spotted in the station’s vicinity.
As someone who occasionally visits Woodleigh station, I can’t say I’m surprised. That station is creepy.
11. Spooner Estate
This estate is one of the favourite haunted places for ghost-hunters in Singapore to explore.Residents of Spooner Estate have encountered shifting shadows, mysterious whispering sounds, and the sound of shuffling footsteps along the corridor even when there’s no one there.
Some believe it’s due to the long period of time that the flats were left unoccupied, which attracted spirits to reside in them. When the new residents moved in, they disturbed the peace of the spirits, resulting in the constant hauntings. People also attribute the spooky happenings to the suicides that took place in the estate, and on the railway tracks nearby.
12. Marsiling Bunkers
According to professional paranormal investigators, the Marsiling Bunkers — once a British bunker used to hide food and rations during the war — is absolutely filled with paranormal energy, so much so that their equipment couldn’t handle it when they tried to take readings. Some have even reported seeing strange things in the dark, such as a mysterious face approaching.
Today, the derelict bunker remains tucked away in the Marsiling forest, only receiving the occasional visit from thrill-seekers and explorers. Still, even if not for the possible supernatural encounter, the huge lizards, and knee-high waters during rain are enough to keep most of us away from this haunted spot.
13. Old Changi Hospital
Old Changi Hospital needs no introduction. It’s one of the most famous haunted places in Singapore, with a documentary made about it. 2016’s Halloween Horror Nights even had a haunted house based on the place, and just recalling it is enough to give me the creeps.
But if you’re wondering why it’s haunted, here’s why: Back in World War II, the hospital was used as a prison by the Japanese Occupation, with the military being known for their notoriously brutal torture techniques. Over 50,000 people were held captive inside, and till today, you can apparently still hear the cries and screams of the prisoners in the building. People have even spotted shadowy figures and vengeful spirits roaming the place.
14. Bishan MRT Station
Bishan MRT station is an OG among the haunted places of Singapore. Ask your grandparents and they too might be able to tell you stories of their own paranormal encounters at this old station.
Maintenance staff at the station have apparently seen ghostly funeral processions on the tracks, with shadowy figures carrying coffins between Bishan and Novena. And if that isn’t creepy enough, there’s also a resident headless ghost that’s been spotted along the tracks.
It’s also said that Bishan station is where the undead boards trains — people have reported seeing phantom passengers that don’t cast any reflections on the windows.
The station was built upon the old Kwong Wai Siew Peck San Theng Cemetery, so it’s unsurprising that rumours of hauntings are plenty.
15. Devil’s Bend at Old Upper Thomson Road
Once known as the most dangerous part of the old Singapore Grand Prix circuit, the Devil’s Bend claimed seven lives over the course of 11 years of racing. The sharp V-turn also resulted in the deaths of two polytechnic students, whose car ended up in a ditch.
With so many deaths, the road remains haunted by those who lost their lives there. Cyclists and joggers have reported ghostly sightings and bouts of light-headedness when travelling through. But the most notorious supernatural sightings come from cab drivers, who report that at midnight, they would encounter a woman dressed in white, whose cab fare would turn into hell notes after they dropped her off. Maybe it’ll help now that people mostly use GrabPay.
16. Caldecott Hill Estate
The Caldecott Hill Estate that houses the old Mediacorp headquarters is absolutely haunted, and staff members — including Jade Seah and Zhang Yaodong — have stories to prove it.
From disembodied heads peeking through windows to mysterious happenings with the costumes, the staff who worked there have plenty of horror stories to share. While most of us worry about having to take work home with us after hours, the Mediacorp staff had to worry about accidentally bringing a spirit home.
Even paranormal enthusiasts and ghost hunters around Singapore have attested to the area being a haunted hotspot. It’s no wonder too since the estate is located next to Bukit Brown Cemetery, which is creepy enough in itself.
17. Pulau Ubin
Ubin’s most popular hill is called Puaka Hill, which means “haunted hill” — and for good reason. Some paranormal investigators have deemed Pulau Ubin the most haunted place in Singapore, and many with a sixth sense have felt strange energies coming from the island.
One haunted hotspot is the German Girl Shrine, which houses the remains of a German girl who fell to her death from a cliff. Since then, there have reportedly been ghostly sightings of the girl around the island. People have even repeatedly dreamt of her requesting specific toys to be brought to the shrine, like the famous decorated Barbie Doll below. It has become a tradition to offer toys and other similar gifts to the shrine since then.
Some say that you can also hear the singing of pontianaks around the island, and hear voices coming from the abandoned kampongs there. People who’ve camped overnight have also reported handprints pushing at their tents and the sound of female laughter.
18. Lim Chu Kang Road
As one of the most well known haunted places of Singapore (Choa Chu Kang Cemetery is located along this road after all), you’ve probably heard many stories from the NS men and cab drivers who would pick up passengers and have them mysteriously disappear from the backseat.
Even the bus drivers and passengers of Bus 975 have quite a few stories of ghosts ringing the bell and having to stop and open the doors at a certain bus stop to let “someone” alight.
Stories of NS men meeting shadowy apparitions, being jumpscared by mutilated ghosts, hearing screams and seeing things moving around on their own in the Lim Chu Kang army camps are also bread and butter of every Lim Chu Kang horror story.
Surprisingly, despite its creepiness, it’s also one of the most popular roads in Singapore for its scenic views.
19. View Road Hospital
Old Changi Hospital isn’t the only haunted one in Singapore. The abandoned View Road Hospital used to be a mental institution, then a worker’s dormitory lodge before it was deserted.
The ex-hospital is apparently home to the trapped souls of dead patients, resulting in many haunted tales. While exploring the property, some claim to have seen blood stains appear on walls or smelled frangipani in the air. There have even been stories of people running into a phantom watchman that roams the building at night.
20. Woodneuk House
A remote house in the middle of the woods — that’s how horror movies always start. Looking at you, Cabin in the Woods.
Deep in the forested area around Holland Road and Tyersall Road lies the abandoned Woodneuk House. In its dilapidated halls, people have spotted the ghosts of servants, ladies dressed up with wine glasses in hand, and a British man with a beard and moustache. Perhaps they were the guests and staff of the Sultans of Johor who once occupied the house.
If that isn’t creepy enough, there’s also the fact that the house doesn’t show up on chartered maps of Singapore.
21. Suicide Tower at Pasir Ris Park
Many park goers pass by this bird-watching tower on their walk every day, unaware of the old incident that turned this tower into one of the most-feared haunted places in Singapore for a time.
A boy who could see ghosts was resting under the tower with his friends, when he suddenly ran all the way up and then jumped to his death. Right before he died, he told his friends that he didn’t jump willingly — he was pushed by an unseen force.
It’s said that pontianaks linger in the area and that you can sometimes hear their laughter echo through the air. People who have visited the tower at night also claim that you can feel a sinister energy there.
22. MacRitchie Reservoir
MacRitchie Reservoir is home to all sorts of plants and animals, and more importantly, to several water graves. Visit during low tide, and you might be able to spot them. Along the water’s edge also lies a solitary, mysterious tomb — so old that there is no record of its existence in the National Archives of Singapore.
What’s even spookier is that the ruins of the Syonan Jinja shrine, built to commemorate fallen Japanese soldiers during World War II, can also be found deep in the forests of MacRitchie. Legend says that there was a mass seppuku (belly-cutting) suicide ritual by Japanese soldiers in front of the shrine to preserve its sanctity, and the spirits of these soldiers still roam the forests today. Because of this, joggers and hikers have gotten lost for well over ten hours in the woods.
(Also true story, one of our editors was here with her friends years ago in the evening when they saw a white female figure up in the trees above. Needless to say, they frantically made a quick exit and this still remains a story the group talks about to this day.)
23. Amber Beacon Tower at East Coast Park
The well-known yellow tower at East Coast Park could be a good spot for a date — which was what one particular couple thought in 1990. But things took a tragic turn when two masked men brutally stabbed them from behind, killing the woman before help could arrive.
Since the tragedy, it’s said that a woman in white haunts the walls of the tower. Some claim to hear her wailing as they pass by, while others say they’ve spotted drops of fresh blood on the steps of the Amber Beacon Tower.
24. Bedok Reservoir
Bedok Reservoir is famous for the string of suicides that took place there between 2011 and 2012, but the details of these deaths make them even more chilling. The many deaths started with a particularly macabre case when the decomposing lower body of a man was found floating in the water. The upper body, however, was never discovered.
After the series of suicides continued, religious leaders from eight faiths blessed the site — but on the morning of the ceremony, another body was discovered.
Joggers shared hearing ghostly wails and others have also felt the sensation of being pulled towards the water when walking around the reservoir.
25. National Museum of Singapore
The ghost of the former museum director, Carl Alexander Gibson-Hill, apparently still haunts the halls of the museum. His death was ruled a suicide, but it’s said that he is sometimes still seen wandering up and down the iconic Victorian-style spiral staircase.
Visitors have reportedly also felt cold spots around the museum, and some have even claimed to have seen a ghostly figure in priest-like robes around the building.
26. Siglap Estate
You might be surprised to find this peaceful estate to be this list, but it definitely deserves a spot as one of the top haunted places of Singapore.
To set the tone of how spooky Siglap can get — the name of this area translates to “the dark one” in Malay (si gelap). In the 1950s, when Siglap was still a kampong, the villagers believed that the area was haunted by a pontianak. In fact, it even inspired the 1957 cult-classic film, Pontianak, where several scenes were shot at the kampong. Now, it still is a hotspot for pontianak sightings.
This tranquil neighbourhood also holds a dark secret — the Valley of Death. Over 40 mass war graves were found in the estate, where Japanese soldiers indiscriminately massacred civilians during WWII. Their restless spirits still haunt the area today.
Siglap’s connection with the supernatural runs deeper. They have grave plots in Kubur Kassim Cemetery dedicated to the orang bunian, who are “elf-like” beings similar to humans. It is well known for some of them to take a liking to and intermarry with humans.
Sentosa used to be called Pulau Blakang Mati, which translates to “the island behind which lies death”. The island’s reputation as one of the most haunted places of Singapore may be attributed to its history of brutal pirate battles in the past or the numerous anti-Japanese fighters that were slaughtered on its shores during the war.
Today, we flock to Sentosa for its many fun attractions — but perhaps it’s not just us humans who regularly pay the island a visit. Fort Siloso is popular with the otherworldly and even the attractions and beaches (especially the waters!) aren’t spared.
An ex-staff member of Sentosa shared his numerous experiences with playful ghosts in Adventure Cove, the pontianak at Imbiah Lookout, and warned others of “the lady in red” who loves to prey on children in Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Hotel goers would also claim to see ghostly figures roaming around and hear knocks on their doors, only to find that there’s no one outside.
28. Pulau Tekong
Pulau Tekong is filled with supposed hauntings and ghost stories — at least according to the NS guys who’ve trained there.
Possibly the most well-known of the lot is the one of the recruit who suddenly went missing during a regularly scheduled Thursday night training session. He was later found hanging dead from a tree, with his internal organs forcefully torn out and laid out orderly on the ground in a “stand-by-bed” manner. It’s why the army no longer carries out training on Thursdays.
And the story doesn’t end there. Apparently, his spirit was vengeful and aggressive, and every day, without fail, he would haunt his old bunk. Finally, a Taoist priest was invited to get rid of the spirit, and he suggested that they build a third door in the bunk for the spirit to leave. Till today, it’s the only bunk in Tekong with three doors — tucked away among the empty bunks on the island.
As for the bunks that are occupied by the recruits, it’s said a young girl roams the sleeping quarters with her grandmother every night, counting the recruits as they slumber. Another tale tells of a ghostly boy who plays at the basketball court. If he spots a recruit up and about at night, he’d ask his grandmother why the kor kor (big brother) isn’t sleeping.
29. St. John’s Island
St. John’s Island used to be a quarantine island for people with infectious diseases, and later, a prisoner-of-war camp. It’s said that Japanese soldiers used the prisoners as chess pieces to play on the giant chess board within the island, beheading the prisoners on the spot whenever a chess piece was lost.
Mass executions also took place on the island, leading to the deaths of many.
People who have stayed in the holiday bungalows on the island reportedly heard screams and the sound of marching boots at night. Students who’ve had school camps there too have shared stories of ghosts impersonating their friends and seeing ghostly figures. Some also claimed to hear a ball bouncing only to find no one around.
30. Old Police Academy
The police face many threats every day, and for the officers who had the misfortune of training back at the old academy, supernatural ones might have been included in the mix too. The old academy was one of the camps used by the Japanese Occupation to hold prisoners, and those who trained there in the past have shared stories about the shadowy figures that haunt the halls and the sounds of Japanese soldiers marching at night.
There were also stories of tiny footprints appearing on bed sheets — perhaps belonging to two of the ghostly children who apparently haunted the halls together with an elderly lady.
There you have it, all 30 haunted places in Singapore we’ve managed to uncover, some you’ve heard of, and some you might not have known until now. Do you know of more haunted places in Singapore we might’ve missed? Feel free to share with us!
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