The world is not short of places that could freeze you with fear. Forts, palaces or hospitals with violent history or decay are strewn all over the world. Some creepier than the other such that they would give you Goosebumps! Sometimes it’s just an urban legend associated with a place that could make it eerie while at times it could as well be true. Here’s a list of some of the creepiest places on earth.
9. San Zhi Resort:
These were constructed in 1978 Taiwan to serve as a resort. The site was however abandoned in 1980 as a result of a number of fatalities in the site. It is believed that the mishaps were due to the act of severing a Chinese dragon sculpture located near the resort gates. Some others believe that the accidents happened as it was the former burial ground of Dutch soldiers and hence haunted.
8. Aokigahara Forest:
It is located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The forest is unusually quiet due to wind-blocking density of the trees and an absence of wildlife. It is associated with demons in Japanese mythology and is extremely popular for suicides. The place for some reason has always been associated with death and is supposedly haunted by the Yūrei or angry spirits of those left to die.
7. Beechworth Asylum:
Lunatic asylums have this uncanny ability to freak out even the boldest of persons, Beechworth Asylum located in Australia is one such place. It was decommissioned after 128 years of functioning as a psychiatric hospital. In fact nightly Ghost tours are conducted these days for it is known for its paranormal activities or ghosts of departed patients.
6. Hellingly Hospital:
It is an abandoned building in East Sussex which was formerly a large psychiatric hospital. It was established in 1903 with its own train line. Various paranormal activities have been reported from the hospital which is now just an abandoned building almost in ruins. Infact, orbs and apparitions have been caught by people exploring this place at night. Certainly not a place to visit for the faint hearted.
5. Old Jewish Cemetery Prague:
It lies in the Jewish Quarter of Prague. Some believe that this cemetery is over 1000 years older than the accepted date in the first half of the 15th century. About 120000 tombstones are visible today but it is impossible to actually ascertain the exact number considering that as many as 11 cemeteries are stacked on top of each other. Since a single cemetery itself is quite scary, 11 layers if tombs certainly reaches a new level of spookiness.
4. Island of the Dolls:
La Isla de las Muñecas is an island situated at the Xochimilco Canals in Mexico. It is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a small girl who drowned in a river near the island. The island’s only occupant the late Julian Santana Barrera initially put up a doll to ward of paranormal activities. But to his dismay the activities only increased. To appease the spirit more dolls were placed but to no avail. The island is now a hotbed of ghostly activities and has thousands of decaying dolls all around.
3. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum:
This museum in Cambodia was built on the site of a former high school. It was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979. It was one of the execution centers in the country around that time and it is believed that as many as 20,000 of its prisoners were killed. It is believed that the ghosts of those victims killed still haunt the place. It’s not implausible since the torture those 20000 odd prisoners underwent was atrocious.
2. Catacombs of Paris:
It comprise a number of abandoned, subterranean mines under Paris connected together by galleries used as an underground Ossuary. When Paris was undergoing expansion due to growing population in the 18th century, several human remains from the cemeteries were moved to a section of these mines which is now the Ossuary. It is believed to hold the remains of about six million people. It is now a tourist attraction but has an uncanny feel. Visitors have heard voices or even had the feeling of being strangled or touched.
1. Borley Rectory:
It is believed to be the most creepiest places on planet earth, located in the village of Borley, Essex. Built on the site of an ancient monastery in 1863, the ghost of a nun has often been seen there. It is said that she had fallen in love with a monk from the monastery and was bricked up in the cellars of the monastery as a punishment for eloping with him. A spike in reports of eerie activities in the mansion occurred after paranormal researcher Harry Price’s account of a visit to the mansion in 1929. In 1939 it was badly damaged by fire and demolished in 1944.