14 Creepiest Singapore Ghost Stories
By Nina Syahira
October 2, 2015
Paranormal adventure, anyone?
Growing up in Singapore, we’re sure you are no stranger to spooky stories around the island. If you’re feeling adventurous this Halloween, gather your buddies and check out Singapore’s most famous urban legends. Proceed with caution!
Keep up your running pace… all the way home!
A former rubber plantation, Yishun park now hosts a great set of facilities for fitness enthusiasts. While the park makes for a great scenic running route, it is said to be also home to pontianaks (evil spirits of women believed to have died during pregnancy).
Another favourite haunt (heh) of these pontianaks is at Sembawang Park, facing the Johor Straits. It is one of the places where mass execution took place during the Japanese Occupation. Tip: Run when you start smelling the strong scent of frangipani flowers!
Not your average theme park.
Haw Par Villa
Haw Par Villa was one of the most popular local tourist attractions, built in 1937 as a graphic presentation of the 10 Courts of Hell in Chinese Mythology. With over 1,000 nightmare-inducing statues and tableaux on display, it’s no surprise that visitors would find the theme park creepy. Legend has it that one of the gates to hell is in Haw Par Villa itself and that security guards would have stories about how screams could be heard from the ’10 Courts of Hell’. There is a small deserted hill on park grounds that became a dumping site for several statues long abandoned over the years. It is said that these unused statues are possessed by wandering spirits.
An ascending walkway at Labrador Park.
A famous haunted location nearby is Labrador Park, another massacre site during the Japanese Occupation. There have been reports of apparitions dressed in military uniforms wandering around the area and pontianaks.
A scanned news report on the mystery of Madam Xue’s grave
However, perhaps the most fascinating paranormal story was the haunting of Madam Xue in Telok Blangah. Apparently, a Malay man named Riandy and his family stayed at a flat in Telok Blangah opposite a stretch of forest from 1975 to 1999. During this period, Riandy experienced many strange paranormal activities at home such as seeing a blurry figure, hearing someone quarrelling (but not being able to see anyone!) and even smelling a foul stench. Despite moving to Choa Chu Kang in 1999, the hauntings continued. For 7 straight years, on the 13th of every month, around 2 to 3am, he would dream of the long-haired Chinese lady in white pleading for help in his old house. It was later revealed that the lady ghost was Madam Xue and that her tomb was found neglected and sunken in the ground among the trees opposite his old house in Telok Blangah.
Last train call at MRT station
Photo sourced from Photobucket (jeffrey0032j)
Bishan MRT Station
Ever taken the last train home? Some people believe that certain MRT stations, like the track line between Bishan to Newton, are haunted.
Bishan station is known for strange noises, such as loud laughter and footsteps on top of the train and headless apparitions that can be seen walking down the aisle. Remember the story of the passenger who saw the spirit of a girl board the train? She removed her head and placed it on the empty seat next to her. Well, Bishan station is the former site of Peck San Theng cemetery.
Ang Mo Kio MRT Station
Here, there are sightings of what is known as the White Ghost with yellow eyes and a hooded cape that often targets lonely people. There’s also a terrifying account by a train passenger who saw a pale-faced woman in kebaya with unkempt black hair at Toa Payoh station platform and again at Bishan station. The woman merely stood at the platform without boarding the train. Nobody else seemed to notice her. The witness kept staring at her, thinking it strange how anyone could look that pale and how she could have been at Bishan so fast without boarding the train at all. That’s when the woman slowly turned her head to face the witness. A mean look of grief and envy filled the woman’s dull eyes. When the train reached Ang Mo Kio station, the woman suddenly vanished.
Novena MRT Station
Once a Jewish cemetery, the maintenance personnel at Novena MRT saw apparitions of coffin-bearers in the tunnels while doing their checks.
When things go bump in the night...
Some people who visited Bedok Reservoir at night felt like they were being pulled towards the waters. True or not, it doesn’t help that in in 2011, it was reported that five bodies were found in five months due to suicide. While there are those who have dismissed it as mere coincidence, when you say ‘haunted and ‘Bedok Reservoir’ in the same sentence, Singaporeans would nod their heads feverishly without arguing.
Nearby is the famously haunted Bedok Block 99. It’s a classic spooky tale of a jilted wife who threw her 3-year-old son down from the 25th floor before jumping to her death. All she left was writing ‘It’s not over, darling’ on their apartment wall in blood. The man later couldn’t sell the house so he moved in with his mistress before getting married and they soon, they had a child. 3 years later, something returned to haunt the child, leading him to jump out the window. But it wasn’t the ghost of the jilted ex-wife. Later, the parents found ‘This is for Mommy’ scribbled in black on the walls of their room.
There’s also an abandoned block of flats at Bedok Reservoir Road, where a whole family committed suicide in their flat and a person killed by a ghost in the lift. If you pass by the block, you might even see the lights flickering inside the rumoured unit.
Beware of ‘The Lady’
Jurong used to be a mangrove swamp before it became an industrial estate in 1961. But pontianaks lurk there too and some night visitors have reported hearing loud sounds of Chinese opera music playing and it’s not even midnight yet.
Rumour has it, Jurong West residents have their fair share of house hauntings, like being tripped in the shower and TVs that remain switched on despite not being connected to the power outlet.
For night cyclists, be careful when passing through Jalan Bahar area as you might disturb the restless souls hanging around the cemetery.
Spook yourself silly at SAFRA’s Halloween activities next month!
For more horror fun, get your tickets to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore® at only $50 each!
Read our '5 Terrifying Tales to Tell in the Dark'... IF YOU DARE!