By: Patrick Elgar
If you’re REALLY brave, why not visit some of Hong Kong’s most haunted places? We’ve listed five of the main ones below, but note that the stories have not been verified firsthand by Expat Living. It’s not recommended that you visit these locations alone!
#1 Bride’s Pool
Legend says a bride drowned in these waters, near Tai Mei Tuk in the New Territories. It’s also said that a band of pirates once murdered the surrounding villagers, with the bodies dumped into the water rather than buried. Shui Gui (water ghosts) are believed to inhabit the water; they are lonely and try to pull in passersby, waiting to possess anyone who enters the water. The nearby curved road is designated a traffic black-spot because of the significant number of fatal accidents.
#2 Po Hing Fong
This was the site of a 19th-century bubonic plague outbreak in Hong Kong. Hundreds of thousands of people died of the disease in HK, and the colonial government built the nearby Blake Garden and installed a commemorative plaque after the outbreak. In 1925, following floods, a retaining wall collapsed killing 75 people. There have been numerous reports of ghosts being seen in the area at night.
#3 Nam Koo Terrace
This two-storey red-brick building has been abandoned and falling apart for many years. During the Second World War the house was used by the Japanese army as a military brothel. Quite often the women were raped, tortured and even murdered. There have been numerous reports of ghosts crying and screaming. In 2003, a group of school children entered to try stay overnight and find ghosts. A number of them became emotionally unstable, one was hospitalised and two others were admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
#4 Murray House
This location in Stanley was used for executions during the Second World War. It’s believed that over 4,000 Hong Kong residents were tortured and executed in Murray House. As stories of ghosts and hauntings abound, the Hong Kong government has conducted a number of ceremonies to free the souls.
#5 High Street Community Centre / Sai Ying Pun
Known as the “High Street Haunted House”, this multi-arched facade was part of a former mental asylum. During the Second World War, it was used by the Japanese army as a torture and execution hall. The building was abandoned in the 1970s. It’s said that moans can still be heard in the halls. Ghostly figures apparently walk the corridors and, when seen by visitors, they burst into flames. Yikes!
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