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Horror is not for everyone, and even less so if hauntings happen in real life. But do you seek your next thrill through experiencing forces of the other realms? If so, then here are the top 10 most haunted places on earth you can visit. Don’t say we didn’t warn you – proceed with caution.
1. Lawang Sewu
Location: Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia
Also known as a Thousand Doors, Lawang Sewu was taken over during the Japanese Occupation in 1942. With that, the basement of B building was turned into a prison. This was where numerous executions took place and decapitated heads piled up at the corner of the basement.
The building is said to be haunted by headless ghouls and the most famous of all, a Dutch woman who committed suicide. She has since appeared as apparitions on numerous occasions in pictures and videos.
2. Trunyan Village
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Bali’s branding of a beach paradise is so established that most do not see beyond it. Once you dig deeper into her cultural aspect, you will find the abundance of cemeteries that dot the island together with the horror stories that accompany them.
Balinese culture speaks of the presence of Leak – an evil witch spirit that feeds off the organs of mostly the dead, and living if it has to. It’s no surprise then that the Trunyan Village is a hunting ground. The village practices leaving the deceased in the open after a grand ceremony rather than burying or cremating them.
If you’re up for an adventure, book a tour to the Trunyan Village. Other than transport to make sure you get out of the village safe, you’ll also get a local guide to tell you about the secrets of the village that you won’t get elsewhere.
3. Piyaporn Gated Community
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Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Thai horror movies are one of the scariest in the market, and unsurprisingly so due to the rich cultures and beliefs of Thais.
The Piyaporn Gated Community is an abandoned village today because of beliefs and practices that were not followed. Developers did not pray for forgiveness before clearing the land. This resulted in accidents with construction workers, and later, the death of three children in the village river.
Rumours are that the spirits will show themselves to you if you wander there late at night.
4. Inukane Pass
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Location: Fukuoka, Kyushu Region, Japan
Also known as the Old Chusetsu Tunnel, the Inukane Pass is one the most famous haunted locations in the Kyushu Region. Different versions cover stories of different people murdered in the very tunnel, but none will deny that frightful things have once happened in that space.
The exact coordinates to look out for are 33°40’20.8″N 130°32’37.2″E. The supposed spot will trigger unfamiliar voices that tell you to stop exploring. If you’re still keen on hearing this for yourself, you can get to Fukuoka with the JR Kyushu Rail Pass.
5. Tak Tak School
Location: Nam Pak Road, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Rumour is that in 1998, the schoolmistress dressed herself in a red dress and committed suicide in the girls toilet. Paranormal sightings have not stopped until today.
Beware when you explore the space – a group of students who ventured into that space in 2001 walked out mentally disturbed. One of the girls attempted suicide after the visit and hysterically bit one of the other boys who tried helping her.
6. The Stanley Hotel
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Location: 333 Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park, Colorado
Made famous through Stephen King’s horror novel The Shining, The Stanley Hotel is the full package of paranormal experiences. Guests have reported seeing piano keys play on its own, hearing children laughing along the hallways, and more intimately in rooms, experienced moving items, unpacked luggage, and flickering lights.
We double dare you to stay in Room 217, the same room that haunted Stephen King so much he penned down The Shining.
7. Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England
Location: 1 Raynham Hall, East Raynham, Fakenham NR21 7EP, UK
This picture of the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall is one of the most widely circulated photos of all haunted houses. The Brown Lady is said to be the soul of Lady Dorothy Walpole who died of smallpox during her house arrest in 1726. She has appeared to numerous people since her death, cloaked in brown and holding a candle.
Today the Raynham Hall is open to visitors but only via organised tours of 14 people and above. It’s not hard to see why – you definitely don’t want to accidentally run into the Brown Lady, or do you?
8. The Catacombs, Paris, France
Location: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
The Catacombs in Paris was once underground mining tunnels that were transformed into the solution of mass graves in the 18th century. Said to hold the bones of over 6 million people, it’s no wonder it’s a hair-raising experience to visit it.
Official guided Catacombs tours open only for 2 kilometres, but many who explore unofficial entrances are said to never see the light of day again. It is said that many hear voices to lead them past the official routes, and once on their own, cause panic and mania.
The above video, allegedly found years by an anonymous group of illicit tomb explorers, shows a man getting lost in the Catacombs and getting increasingly disoriented. Many challenge the authenticity of this video but we’ll leave it to you to decide if this was staged.
We recommend sticking to guided tours as it is extremely dangerous to explore the tomb without guidance, and you can get to the Catacombs in Paris with the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass. As far as we know, this is one of the best ways to see the city.
9. Toowoomba, Australia
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While the above is a crassly blown up picture, you can clearly see the famous Lady in Red, Toowomba’s most infamous haunting. The city is what many consider to be Australia’s most haunted grounds.
Toowoomba blew up as a paranormal spot very recently in 2015, and draws its stories from its rich colonial history. The city has since attracted many hunters to explore the town. The list of sightings is in fact very long, and if the supernatural hunter in you is triggered, you have to check it out.
10. Akershus Fortress, Oslo, Norway
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Location: 0150 Oslo, Norway
You would find that a walk through the Akershus Fortress in Oslo is extremely chilling. If you were to dig deep beyond the cold, stone walls, you would understand why.
The Fortress carries stories of numerous deaths of prisoners-of-war in the 18th and 19th century when it was being used as a prison. In the World War period, the Nazis also carried out many executions on ground.
The tale most commonly spoken of is of Malcanisen, the spirit of an evil dog that used to guard the Fortress that is now buried at the Maid Towers. It is said that anyone approached by the spirit of Malcanisen dies a horrible death within the next three months, so traverse with caution.
Got goosebumps yet?
This concludes the top 10 most haunted locations on earth. How many have you been to and how many would you?