TOP 4 MOST HAUNTED, SCARY AND HORROR STORIES OF HONG KONG
Since Halloween is quickly approaching, let’s look at the goblins and ghouls of Hong Kong. What are the haunted horror stories that torment and scare the Hongkees? How I conducted my research? F*CK Google. I wanted to ensure that these haunted places were the ones that were the scariest and most commonly known as haunted amongst the local crowd so I sent out a message via WhatsApp to all my local buddies in HK and that’s how the below list came to. Are you ready to see the list?
Perhaps first turn off all the lights to set the mood…
ONE. SAI YING PUN COMMUNITY COMPLEX (西營盤社區綜合大樓).
Also known as the “The High Street Haunt House”, it is actually the current Sai Ying Pun Community Complex located on 2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong. There are a couple of reasons why it’s supposedly haunted. Firstly, it used to be the Old Mental Hospital (舊精神病院). The Old Mental Hospital was built here in 1892 and a facade of this hospital has been preserved and now has been declared a monument. Secondly, it’s said that during the Japanese Occupation (1941-1945) it was used as an execution hall by Japanese troops during WWII. And finally, The Mental Hospital was in use until the late 1960’s and then it was abandoned. It was during this time when the building was abandoned that people reported numerous “ghostly sightings” such as headless poltergeists running down the corridors late at night or figures in traditional Chinese attire bursting into flames. For the next 20 years it was an abandoned building and was used by drug addicts or visitor by curious teenagers.
It was then decided by the government that they would keep a facade (north) of the building and to rebuild a community centre within it.
TWO. SINGLE BRAID ROAD (辮子路).
Single Braid Road – This is the location where you can find the girl who is famously known as the “Chinese University Single Braided Girl”. This story is so famous that it appears in the Chinese University’s Orientation Campus Booklet!
Single Braid Road is located near the Chung Chi Canteen at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Story has it that this girl was a new illegal immigrant from Mainland China and she came with her boyfriend from the mainland on the train. The train was headed towards Kowloon and she was afraid that authorities might check her for an ID; therefore, she jumped from the train near Chinese University. Unfortunately, her long braid got caught on the train door and as a result, her face ripped off and she died. People have commented that they often see her walking back and forth around that area (presumably to find her boyfriend). It’s commonly said that when people lean in for a closer look, they will realize that she has no face OR there is another braid in front of her face. YIKES!
It’s also commonly said that only men see her…
It’s said that Single Braid Road is located on Campus Circuit Road and on Campus Circuit North… Be careful of any single long braided ladies there.
THREE. BRIDE’S POOL (新娘潭).
Bride’s Pool is located in Tai Mei Tuk in Tai Po in Plover Cove Country Park. Bride’s Pool is a lovely stream pool with waterfalls and it really is a very lovely place, but unfortunately, it’s also where tragedy struck. Legend has it that it was the young bride’s marriage day and she was being carried by sedan bearers across this area during inclement weather. The sedan bearers slipped and lost their footing, resulting in the sedan and bride being thrown into the water. As she was in her wedding costume which was very heavy, she was unable to successfully get out of the waters and drowned. It was a very tragic tale and they decided to name the stream pool Bride’s Pool in memory of her.
You will pass by Bride’s Pool during a hiking route known as Bride’s Pool Nature Trail.
FOUR. NAM KOO TERRACE (南固臺).
Also known as “Wan Chai’s Haunted House”, Nam Koo Terrace is located on 55 Ship Street in Wan Chai. It has been classified as a Grade 1 Historical Building and is vacant.
During the Japanese Occupation, it was said that Nam Koo Terrace was used as a military brothel or “comfort house (慰安所)” for the Japanese soldiers; therefore, the place is haunted by the women that died here when it was a Japanese military brothel. It’s also said that you can hear the cries and screams from those aforementioned “comfort women”.
Even stranger is an event that happened on Nov 30, 2003. A local HK newspaper, Oriental Daily covered a story of 8 middle school students who tried to stay overnight on the Nam Koo Terrace property. Now, according to the report, 3 of the female students needed to be sent to the hospital to receive psychiatric treatment as they became unstable. Here’s the source, which eerily enough, is now all written in squiggly lines (not Chinese); therefore, I am unable to read the article. But here’s a photo:
Which one was the scariest for you? Continuing on with this Halloween series, don’t miss out on the next post on the most gruesome murders in Hong Kong!