People have always had a fascination with the paranormal world. It is known that ghosts appear mostly where bad things happened, or where the victims have suffered from a violent death. Some presume their soul cannot rest and they are doomed to wander the Earth until they are redeemed! A place that holds a lot of bad energy can become a trap for these souls. This is how paranormal experts describe the things that occur in former prisons, hospitals, cemeteries or battlefields. Although there are many circumspect people, there are also curious people that want to visit haunted places in order to hopefully experience an encounter with ghost activity. For those who want to feel the chills of being in a haunted place, here are 8 of the most haunted places you can travel to.
8. Old Changi Hospital, Singapore
The Old Changi Hospital was built around 1935. During Japanese occupation, the hospital was used by the Kempeitai (the Japanese Secret Police) as a place of torture and prison. After World War II ended, the hospital regained its medical purpose. It was open until 1997 when it was replaced by another building. Since then, the Old Hospital was left to rot and now the traces of decay are visible everywhere. Haunting stories are related to former Japanese soldiers that were killed here, and patients that died here. One story is of a man and a woman that are walking through the corridors and rooms. Most of the paranormal activity reported involves unexplained screams and loud bangs.
7. Highgate Cemetery, London, United Kingdom
This cemetery was built around 1839 and is one of the most known Victorian cemeteries. Due to the large number of people buried here, it’s known as one of the most haunted places in London. After World War I, the cemetery became known for the many sinister cults that performed their mystical rituals here. There is a famous figure of a 7-foot tall man named Vampire. The man is said to have glowing red eyes and walks around in a long cape. Other paranormal sightings include a woman that is supposedly searching for her children.
6. Hunyad Castle, Transylvania, Romania
The castle was built in the 14th century and became the place of imprisonment many people. Vlad the Impaler (known also as Dracula) was also a prisoner here. It’s said he used to eat rats in order to stay alive. The Hunyad Castle is considered one of the most haunted castles in the world. Tourists tell creepy stories about ghostly silhouettes that can be seen in the castle, some of which even seem to appear in photos. Some tourists sustain they managed to remain in the castle during the night after they tricked the guards. They claimed the next morning they got out bruised and beaten by the ghosts who supposedly lived in the castle.
5. Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania USA
It’s one of the most haunted places in the USA. The harsh conditions for the prisoners lead to many deaths. Some of them died in horrible conditions. When prisoners were taken out of their cells, they were forced to wear a black hood over their heads in order to interrupt all forms of communication. Nowadays, people report screams that can be heard from outside the prison, as well as ghost sightings and poltergeist activity.
4. The Alamo City, Texas USA
The Alamo was built as The Mission San Antonio de Valero. It was meant to Christianise Indians that were living there. But due to the harsh times, the Alamo became refuge to revolutionaries and rebels. This is one of the reasons why the Alamo was reinforced and wears an appearance more of a fortress than a Christian mission. Haunted tales include ghosts of the people that were persecuted, tortured and killed here. There have been many reported sightings of ghosts, especially men and children.
3. Beelitz-Heilstätten / Sanatorium, Germany
It was known as the Nazi’s hospital during Hitler’s reign. Later it became a renown place of torture. Doctors would use their knowledge in order to torture prisoners. They were held under the reason for being sick with infectious diseases so nobody would venture here. Because of all the people that were killed here in unimaginable pain, their souls are said to be trapped here, still looking for redemption. Tourists tell stories about male ghosts that wonder through the corridors. This hospital remains evidence of experimental torture used by Nazis under the cover of a medical purpose.
2. Island of the Dolls, Xochimilco, Mexico
Legend has it that one man came to this island and came across the ghost of a little girl who had drowned. In order to make her talk to him , he brought her many dolls. He hung them from trees so the girl could play with them. After a while, the man knew the girl was not happy anymore because she wanted him to be a ghost like her. After he told the whole story to his family, his body was discovered drowned supposedly in the same place the girl had drowned. Today people say their ghosts can still be seen on the island and sometimes you can even hear the dolls whispering.
1. Aokigahara, Mount Fuji, Japan
Japan is home to one the most haunted forests in the world. Aokighara , also named the Sea of Trees, is known for its high number of suicides. More than 100 cases of suicide per year are recorded. Tourists say the place gives you goosebumps and many have said they could hear whispering coming from the forest. Tour guides warn visiting tourists to stay on the path in order not to get lost. In Japanese culture, Aokighara is known as a place for demons, creepy!