More haunted houses (part 1)

I just read a story on CNNgo about real haunted houses in Hong Kong – houses or places where people have died in Hong Kong and keep haunting the neighbourhood. It sounds really scary, but I have never been to one of the places, so I can’t say if it is true or not!

Sai Ying Pun Community Complex (Sheung Wan – see map)
Sai Ying Pun Community Complex is located at 2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong. It is a 9-storey building built on the site of the Old Mental Hospital, of which only the granite facade and arched verandah were preserved. It was built in 1891 and used as a quarters for the European nursing staff of the Civil Hospital (1846-1937) until the World War II. In the 1940s, the east wing was extended and six more arches were added to the original north facade, containing 18 arches with a pediment marking the middle and turrets at the ends to form a classically proportioned structure, during an extension uphill. It was turned into a mental hospital after the war. In 1947, this mental hospital was the only one of its type in the city. It continued to function as such until the Castle Peak Mental Hospital opened in 1961, and switched back as a day treatment centre for psychiatric out-patients until 1971.

So can you guess what’s coming? Tales of ghostly sightings were spread since it was abandoned in the 1970s. It fell into disrepair and was badly ruined by two fires, which were believed to be inadvertently started by trespassers. Over the years, there have been repeated sightings of a devilish figure in traditional Chinese costume bursting into flames on the second floor of this haunted place. Headless poltergeists have also reportedly been seen running down the corridors in the dead of the night. But at daytime, the newly extended house and renovated facade just looks normal!

Nam Koo Terrace (Wan Chai, see map)
Nam Koo Terrace is located at No. 55 Ship Street, Wan Chai, popularly known as “The Wan Chai Haunted House”.

The two-storey red brick building was built in 1915-1921 and owned by a wealthy Shanghai merchant family by the name of To. Under the Japanese occupation, Nam Koo Terrace was used as a military brothel for the Japanese soldiers from 1941 to 1945.

The “ghosts” of women, who are said to have died in the time Nam Koo Terrace allegedly served as a Japanese military brothel; are claimed to have been witnessed at several different points in the building. People have also reported seeing “ghostly flames” in the house. A group of teenagers on a ghost-hunting trip made headlines in 2003 when a girl was possessed at the gates and had to be hospitalized. If that’s not heart-stopping enough, last year a man was found dangling on the tree outside the manor, dead.

Here is a good post from someone who visited the building and tried to get closer, but found it difficult, because of its strange and haunted atmosphere.


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