Looking for a good scare this Halloween? Here are the spookiest spots in Hong Kong
Have you ever craved for a more “authentic” haunted experience? Whether you’re looking for an alternative to Lan Kwai Fong during Halloween or you’re a full-time thrill seeker, visit one of these haunted places in Hong Kong for a good fright. If you buy into the idea of things and places being haunted, these spots are worth checking out. Read on if you dare….
Granville 31 – Tsim Sha Tsui
Who would’ve thought one of Hong Kong’s most haunted places would be located in one of the busiest shopping streets? An abandoned apartment on this street was scene to a gruesome crime. Deceptively named the Hello Kitty murder, the head of a 23-year-old woman was found in 1999 stuffed inside a Hello Kitty doll. Whilst it’s now filled with watch sellers and cheap (but arguably really good) Indian food, at least there’s a story to tell!
31 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Waterfall Bay Park – Cyberport
If you thought you were safe in the waters, think again – legend has it that there are “shui gui” (water ghosts) who haunt the waterfall at Cyberport. This park used to be the resting grounds for pirates during the Qing dynasty, but one day they supposedly went on a killing spree and killed all the villagers there. Since then, the waterfall has been used as a mass grave, where unclaimed bodies are thrown into the water. There have been reports of children drowning there, as the shui gui need a replacement once every year. There’s even been a ghost sighting of a woman with long black hair without a face.
8 Waterfall Bay Road, Waterfall Bay, Hong Kong
Nam Koo Terrace – Wan Chai
Hong Kong may be a commercial concrete jungle, but there are bits of history preserved here and there. Those who live in Wan Chai have probably walked past Nam Koo Terrace hundreds of times, but you may have missed that behind those four walls lie a spooky past. In World War II, the historical house was used as a military brothel for Japanese soldiers, where they abused and tortured local women. Since then, there have been rumours of headless ghosts roaming around the house and spewing green smoke late at night. A teenage girl was even hospitalised after this ghost sighting.
55 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
High Street Haunted House – Sai Ying Pun
Not all old buildings are “haunted”, but this Sai Ying Pun Community Complex definitely gives off a dark and eery vibe. Originally built in 1892 as quarters for European nurses, the building was seized by Japanese soldiers during World War II and used as an execution ground before being converted into an asylum after the war. Since then, the building has gone through two fires – no wonder people claim to have spotted a devilish figure dressed in traditional Chinese clothing bursting into flames! Other than fire ghosts, rumour has it that headless ghosts run down the corridors late at night.
2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Murray House – Stanley
Stanley may seem like a cool place to chill and hang out, but one of the buildings there has a haunted past. Murray House is beautiful on the outside, but the building was once used as an execution ground by Japanese soldiers in World War II, where they executed over 4,000 local people. Although the building has gone through two exorcisms to free the lost souls inside, there have been recent reported sightings of a headless ghost roaming the bathrooms and typing sounds heard in the dead of night.
96 Stanley Main Street, Stanley, Hong Kong
Bride’s Pool – New Territories
Hiking Plover Clove Reservoir may be fun and definitely offers picturesque views, but beware when reaching Bride’s Pool. Legend has it that four sedan-chair bearers were carrying a bride-to-be to her wedding, when one accidentally slipped, causing the sedan to tumble, and the bride-to-be to fall to her death into Bride’s Pool. To this day, people report seeing her ghost still haunting the pool, perhaps mourning for her wedding that never was, in eternal search of her groom-that-could’ve-been.
Bride’s Pool, Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories, Hong Kong
So Lo Pun – New Territories
This abandoned rural village is infamous for being one of Hong Kong’s most haunted places. It is rumoured that compasses frequently stopped working in this area, hence the name So Lo Pun, which literally translates into “locked compass”. There have been various speculations about why the village was abandoned. Some claim all the villagers went missing one night; some blame the Japanese for massacring them, whilst others say an epidemic killed them. The truth may never be known, but one thing’s for sure- this site could give anyone the creeps!
So Lo Pun Village, New Territories, Hong Kong
Dragon Lodge – The Peak
Located on The Peak, this abandoned mansion has been subject to many haunted speculations. Neighbours complain about strange sounds coming from this mansion and one of its previous owners claimed to have spotted the ghost of a child wearing a white nightgown! The rumoured history of this mansion is egregious and adds to its unsettling atmosphere; as during the Japanese occupation, seven Catholic nuns were executed on the front lawn.
32 Lugard Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
White House Compound
The White House Compound, also called the Mount Davis Concentration Camp, was a brutal detention centre for underground communists, spies, and political dissidents. Prisoners detained here were interrogated, tortured, and at times murdered. Rumours have it that screams can be heard coming from this ancient colonial building at night and headless figures can be seen wandering around.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Aurora K. and was published on 19 October 2015, and was updated by Cristiana Wu on 19 September, 2018.