Hong Kong’s Haunted Hotspots – The top 10 most terrifying sites

By on October 19, 2015

With Halloween just around the corner it’s the perfect time to launch into the deep and dark history of Hong Kong. From gruesome deaths to spooky sightings, this city is more than just shopping and nightlife. It holds something much more, some might even say other worldly. So check out our top ten Haunted Hong Kong Hotspots, and if these prove a little too much you can always enjoy the holiday Disney style with fright and fun to be had in equal measure.

  1. The Museum of Coastal Defence – 175 Tung Hei Rd, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong

The Museum of Coastal Defence

A museum may not sound scary, but as this one was used as coastal defence during the brutal Ming and Qing periods of Hong Kong history, as well as during British rule and Japanese occupation, then there are a few macabre tales to tell. The sweeping tunnels and silent grounds seem to hold secrets they’re not willing to reveal, and with the museum said to be haunted by all those who died there during battle it is no wonder visitors have reported hearing screams and seeing apparitions.

  1. Tsung Tsai Yuen –Tai Po Kau, Tai Po District, New Territories, Hong Kong

Tsung Tsai Yuen

At first glance a beautiful picnic location. But when you realise this was the site of a deadly landslide that took the lives of 28 people back in 1955 then you have a haunted hotspot on your hands. So much tragedy in one area has seemingly left an imprint with stories of the dead still residing in that same park. Enjoy the beauty of Tsung Tsai Yuen but be aware of its dark past.

  1. The High Street Haunted House – 2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

The High Street Haunted House

This ominous building was constructed in 1892 and is said to have housed various executions carried out under the Japanese during the Second World War. Its legend grew when it became a psychiatric hospital before succumbing to several fires in the 1970’s. It is only natural then that a building of such pain is said to house numerous ghosts who still walk the corridors today.

  1. Nam Koo Terrace – 55 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Nam Koo Terrace

Despite looming in the city’s high rise circle, this eerily quiet terrace hides a dark secret. Japanese soldiers used this building as a military brothel in World War Two, forcing endless pain on the local women forced inside. The suffering endured seems to have lasted with ongoing sightings of spirits within its walls and with the discovery of a man found dead and hanging from a tree outside its walls, it seems whatever is inside may be starting to get out.

  1. Number 31. Granville Road – 31 Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Number 31. Granville Road

Hong Kong may be famous for shopping, but the action on offer here was deadly. Back in 1999 a severed head was discovered in an abandoned apartment. The young girl to which it had belonged had been tortured and cut to pieces by her attackers. If that isn’t scary enough, following the murder the local security cameras began to pick up images of a young girl seemingly hiding in shops during closing hours. Yet when daylight rolled around, there was never anyone there. You be the judge.

  1. The Mong Man Wai Building – Mong Man Wai Bldg, Central Ave, Ma Liu Shui, Hong Kong

The Mong Man Wai Building

This average looking yellow building, found on the grounds of the Chinese University, has been home to its biochemistry department since 1998. Yet rumours persist that it once housed a morgue which allowed students to study in secret. Still to this day there are complaints of a noticeable chill when walking past the secretive second floor. What really happened there? We may never know.

  1. Bride’s Pool – Tai Mei Tuk, northeastern New Territories, Hong Kong

Bride’s Pool

Weddings should be happy occasions, and a long time ago there was a wedding which almost was. Until legend has it that a member of the wedding procession slipped and fell into this beautiful pool, dragging the entire wedding party with him. None escaped the cold, dark depths of the water and while the waterfalls that frame this pool remain beautiful to the eye, they harbour a deadly past to be feared. Tread carefully here travelers.

  1. The ‘Vniversity’ of Hong Kong – Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

The ‘Vniversity’ of Hong Kong

There is a noticeable typo on the sign attached to Hong Kong Universities Chi Ngong School of Chinese. University is spelled with a ‘v’. Why? Well legend has it that during the Japanese occupation this site was used as a place of torture and even hanging of innocent victims. The restless spirits of those wrongfully murdered refuse to allow a ‘u’ to grace the university sign, as it resembles the noose from which they were wrongfully hung.

  1. The Wan Chai Market – 258 Queen’s Rd E, Hong Kong

The Wan Chai Market

This seemingly non-descript market on Queen’s Road East hides a much darker past. Built back in 1937 this impressive German Bauhaus style architecture was said to have been used as a makeshift mortuary during the brutal Japanese occupation. Time removed the horror from the streets of Hong Kong, but was the horror ready to go? That’s up to you.

  1. Star Street Shrine – 7 Star Street, Wan Chai

Star Street Shrine

Nowadays a vibrant bar scene, but flash back in time and this region was an intricate network of World War Two tunnels used as air raid shelters for a frightened public. A shrine was placed here to honour the lives of those lost, but when construction occurred this shrine was moved, and the spirits were greatly displeased. It is said the wailing of those lost in the tunnels during war can still be heard as darkness falls over Star Street.

From a painful past to a bright future, Hong Kong has it all. Whether you’re looking to catch a ghost or just get lost in the haunting spirit of Halloween, Cathay Pacific has flights to Hong Kong from around the world. So next time you hear a Hong Kong bump in the night, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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