Built in 1935 as the Royal Air Force Hospital, it was later used as a prisoner camp and torture chamber during the Japanese occupation of Singapore.
War and Respite
Changi Hospital (usually referred to as Old Changi Hospital due to the fact there is a newer Changi General Hospital) was built in 1935 as the Royal Air Force Hospital. It stayed as such until the Japanese occupied Singapore between 1942 and 1945, the later years of World War 2.
It was during this occupation that many believe the ghosts took up residence within the hospital as it became a prison camp and base for the Japanese Secret Police. Anyone who was deemed to be anti Japanese were systematically removed from the population, taken to deserted parts of Singapore and killed.
After the end of the war, after the Japanese surrender, the hospital reverted back to being a hospital. In 1965 Singapore claimed independence and ten years later the British withdrew the last of their troops and the hospital became the Singapore Armed Forces Hospital. It was not long before the public could start receiving treatment there and soon it was merged with the Changi Chalet Hospital and renamed Changi Hospital.
In 1997 the old hospital was closed and asides from a few prospects of being developed it has been abandoned ever since.
Death and Hauntings
Even during it's later years serving as a hospital it was speculated to being haunted (and what hospital isn't?) and with it's rather unique position as being used essentially as a torture chamber by the Japanese during the atrocity that was the occupation, it is little wonder that reputation has stuck.
Today it is considered one of the, if not THE most haunted locations in Singapore and it has the stories and experiences to back that claim up.
But it is the more strange stories that make the hairs stand on end. Several times people have been led to parts of the hospital by what they thought were their friends only to find out they had just had a very personal and strange encounter.
A Common Occurance?
More often then not the friend will be located in a lonely part of the hospital. They will be disorientated and tell an all too familiar tale.
They start off the night as part of the main group but soon one of their friends convinces them to wander off with them in hopes that a smaller group of just two people will allow them to experience more. Conversation seem normal, everything about it seems normal until their friend disappears on them, far from their other friends.
It is here that the terror kicks in, they are now alone, abandoned, in the dark, in one of Singapore's most haunted locations. It might only be minutes or it might be much longer before they are found by their friends either sitting in the middle of a hall or on their way off the property. There is still confusion as to why their friend had just left them and that is when they find out that they had never left the main group with another... that they had wondered off on their own into the dark.
Even more strange are those who are escorted out of Changi by a 'friend' to be told they “don't belong at the hospital, that it is dangerous and not to return”, only to have that 'friend' disappear when they are back to safety.
Finally there are tales of those who have ventured into the abandoned hospital never to be seen again.
You can find many, many more stories about the strange happenings at Changi Hospital as well as many curious recountings of secret rooms, passages and bunkers... uncovered torture chambers and more.
If you have been to Changi Hospital I would love to hear of your experiences!