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Frighten up your life this October at Asia’s 10 top haunted destinations

October 19, 2013 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Change it up a little and do something different this October. Take a spooky trip to one of the following 10 most haunted destinations in Asia in celebration of the scary season, selected by Expedia, the world’s leading online travel agency.

1. Aokigahara Forest, Japan


This beautiful forest lies at the foot of the famous Mount Fuji. The ‘Sea of Trees’ is rumored to be infested with ghosts, monsters and weird beasts and, to top it all off, is suicide central with an unbelievable amount of paranormal activity. With an average of 30 suicides every year, the forest is the third most famous suicide site in the world with 78 bodies being found in 2012 alone.

2. Bhangarh Fort, India


This ancient Indian fortress is world renowned for the sense of restlessness and unease in the air. The spooky aura stems from an ancient legend in which the beautiful princess of the fort spurned an evil magician who, in turn, cursed the place with the death of all who dwelt there with war and famine following suit. The fort was abandoned in the 1700s and now has government restrictions to enter the fort at night.

3. Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital, Korea


The hospital was shut down nearly 15 years ago with no explanation as to why. The freaky part is that people were mysteriously dying in this hospital before its closure. The abandoned hospital still has jackets and white coats hanging on the walls, scribbles on whiteboards and post it notes with messages telling everyone to evacuate the hospital as soon as possible.

4. Changi Commando Barracks, Singapore


These barracks used to be home to 15,400 British and Australian soldiers during World War Two and was used as the SAF after they gained independence as the headquarters for commandos. The space is severely haunted by prisoners of war who died of torture and starvation and still remains abandoned.

5. Jeruk Purut Cemetary, Jakarta, Indonesia


According to an age old tale, Jeruk Purut is haunted by the ghost of a decapitated pastor still looking for his grave. The tale tells of a priest who died by having his head cut off, and many locals and tourists visit the cemetery on Friday nights, and report seeing a child and large hairy ghoul.

6. Big Buddha Temple Koh Samui, Thailand

According to urban myths, Big Buddha Temple in Koh Samui was a cemetery for children in the 1900’s. Even today, many people who have stayed at the temple report having seen ghosts of children, and some visitors say they’ve seen an old lady with children. Because of this, locals recommend tourists to take care of their children and watch them carefully when here.

7. Villa Navila, Danga Bay, Malaysia


This villa is filled with mystery and ghost stories. The most interesting account tells us that that the villa was previously known as Christine Palace, owned by a rich mat sellah, or Caucasian. Due to his greed, his entire family was murdered by two hit men sent by his siblings who wanted a part in the land. More terrible is many paranormal investigators went missing and only managed to get out of the place after dawn.

8. Bai Chay Bridge, Vietnam


Southeast Asia’s most modern suspension bridge is known as the ‘Bridge of Suicide’. From the day it opened in 2006, many people have chosen it as the place to end their lives. Today, around 40 guards patrol there 24 hours a day, but their duty is not to protect traffic flow on the bridge, but to prevent people from taking their lives. Because of the many suicide cases, the bridge is now known as the “demonic bridge”. Warning: do not look back even if you see something unusual while driving!

9. Huguang Huiguan Opera House, China


This opera house was built on top of a graveyard in 1807 as a home for the poor. Huguang Huiguan now serves as an opera house and museum, but tourists regularly hear sounds of shouting when no one is around. Many believe that the screaming is from the angered spirits of those buried there. And also, the locals will warn you not to throw stones, or else the screaming might follow you to hotel.

10. Minxiong Haunted House, Taiwan


Chiayi Minxiong haunted house, also known as old Liu mansion, is one of the most famous haunted houses in Chiayi City, Taiwan. The old Liu mansion was originally built for Liu Rong-yu in 1929, a prosperous landowner and merchant. The mansion is surrounded by rumors of ghosts of several soldiers from the Japanese Imperial Army platoon who died suddenly and were seen around the property. Several ghost stories are linked to the house, mostly about the death of a maid who committed suicide by throwing herself down a well, which some have said to still exist there. Buddhist sutras (Namu Amida Butsu) can be found written on a banner at the entrance in order to warn people of ghosts.

Expedia offers the best prices in Asia, guaranteed to be the cheapest around. Head to these spooky destinations to have the thrill of your life this October.

* If you listen to the rumours and urban myths, Asia seems rife with ghosts and eerie places. Do you believe in ghosts? Best see it with your own eyes and decide!

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