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9 of the most haunted places in Hong Kong

The city is full of terrifying locations

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Hongkongers are a superstitious bunch, but who can blame us where there are so many creepy, haunted locations in Hong Kong? From eerie abandoned villages to sites with spooky stories and murders attached to them, there’s no shortage of possible frights in the city – if you know where to look. Or not look. Here are some places in the city you should probably avoid visiting this Halloween.

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The most haunted places in Hong Kong

31 Granville Road (Tsim Sha Tsui)

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A building with an extremely grisly backstory. In 1999, a 23-year-old woman was brutally assaulted and abused over the course of a month – which included forcing her to consume faeces, and burning her with melted liquid plastic – and eventually murdered at 31 Granville Road.

The police discovered pieces of her dismembered body and internal organs around the apartment and found the woman’s head stuffed inside a large Hello Kitty doll.

The apartment building where this ghastly event took place was eventually demolished in 2012, but there have been reports of the girl's spirit wandering around the location.

Dragon Lodge (The Peak)

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It’s not often that you’ll see an abandoned structure in a prime real estate on The Peak, but such is the case with Dragon Lodge. The property went through several owners over the years – one went bankrupt, and another died in the house. During World War II, Japanese soldiers occupied the grounds and decapitated several Catholic nuns.

There have been attempts to renovate the place in 2004, but construction workers believed the place was haunted after hearing strange noises and an unseen child crying. It has since been derelict and has gained the reputation for being a haunted house. The place eventually became such a popular spot for ghost hunters and thrill-seekers, to the point that the current handlers of the site had to increase security in the area to avoid any trespassers.

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High Street Community Centre (Sai Ying Pun)
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High Street Community Centre (Sai Ying Pun)

Unlike the arguably speculative supernatural nature of some places, this building is the site of a real tragedy. The structure was built in 1892 and was used as a mental hospital. During World War II, Japanese soldiers tortured and execute rebellious locals. Ghosts or not, the building’s morbid past gives it an undeniably unsettling atmosphere. Rumour has it that women can be heard crying, mysterious footsteps abound, ghosts burst into flames, and decapitated bodies float by. 

Hong Kong Central Hospital (Central)
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Hong Kong Central Hospital (Central)

Built in the 60s, the Hong Kong Central Hospitals used to perform thousands of abortions every year. Since its closure in 2012, passersby have felt an eerie presence and reported unsettling noises. A peek inside reveals corroding equipment and a general state of desolation that would give anyone goosebumps. 

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Lui Seng Chun
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Lui Seng Chun

Before this Grade I historical building was turned into a Chinese medicine and healthcare centre for Baptist University in 2012, Liu Seng Chun was vacant for decades due to a number of strange occurrences and ghost sightings. The story goes that there were plans to remodel the building in the 80s, but construction workers and cleaning staff all fell ill one by one. Fatal accidents occurred, and things mysteriously disappeared. As a result, the construction plans were halted, and the building was abandoned. Many would report sightings of children playing 'football' with a decapitated head, and the upper floors would light up in the middle of the night, and numerous shadows are seen roaming around.

Murray House (Stanley)
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Murray House (Stanley)

During the Japanese occupation, this historic building was used as an execution spot where more than 4,000 Hong Kong citizens were tortured and murdered. Stories of ghosts disrupting the grounds became so troubling that the Hong Kong government ordered two exorcisms at the site to free the lost souls.

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Nam Koo Terrace (Wan Chai)
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Nam Koo Terrace (Wan Chai)

This Grade I historical building located in Wan Chai was used as a military brothel during the war where women were raped and murdered. In 2003, a group of middle school girls who attempted to stay overnight claim to have seen a ghost. One girl claimed she was possessed by the spirit and another required psychiatric treatment because of the trauma. 

So Lo Pun (New Territories)

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Encircled and now primarily dominated by dense forest in the far northeast New Territories, abandoned So Lo Pun is one of Hong Kong’s oldest villages – and you know how keen ghosts are on old stuff that’s abandoned. Much information about the village is prefaced with the word ‘supposedly’, which just adds to the intrigue. For example – supposedly – many of the village inhabitants died on their way to a wedding in a boat accident. The remaining survivors did not stay in the village, and overnight, the town became utterly abandoned. 

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Tat Tak School (Yuen Long)
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Tat Tak School (Yuen Long)

The most haunted school in the city. No, it’s not the premise of a really lame Scooby Doo episode. The school was believed to be one of those massacre sites during WWII. The most commonly spotted spook is found in the girls’ bathroom where an ex-principal who committed suicide is said to linger, emitting a classic otherworldly shriek to anyone who comes too close. 

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