Safely ensconced in our Go Away VW Golf Cabriolet, we drove out to some of the most haunted roads of Singapore to find out if they truly are as spooky as people make them out to be. As it turned out …
People often say hindsight is 20/20.
They are. Absolutely. Right.
During a Go Away editorial meeting a few weeks ago, I valiantly volunteered to write about the supposedly haunted roads of Singapore – you know, in the spirit of Halloween this month. I got rather excited researching and gathering stories from friends, taxi uncles, and the Internet, and I was all set to explore some of the roads with my fellow Go Away editors to snap some shots as well as find out if said roads were indeed as spooky as people make them out to be. After plotting out the map, we decided to drive our Go Away Golf Cabriolet out to four out of the six featured roads, in the following order: Sembawang Road, Old Upper Thomson Road, Keam Hock Road, and South Buona Vista Road.
And on the night we were enroute to our first location was the very night I learned why cliches exist because, on hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have suggested writing about haunted roads in the first place. But ANYWAY, what’s done is done, and here we present the 6 creepiest roads of Singapore you may or may not have heard about.
1. Sembawang Road
As far as we know, Sembawang Road is where pontianaks (female vampires) gather, but the hot spot is at the recently renovated Sembawang Park. Here’s a story shared by a friend of mine: Her younger brother, who apparently has the ability to “see” otherworldly objects, used to cycle around the park in the day. Once, he decided to cycle there late at night with my friend. Everything went on swimmingly, until he abruptly made a U-turn and, in a hurried whisper, told my friend to follow suit. Instantly my friend knew something was amiss. Without a word, the two siblings cycled all the way home. Once in the safe confines of their apartment, he told my friend he saw a pontianak perched on one of the many trees in the park, staring at them as they cycled past her.
Oh, that’s not all there is to Sembawang Road. Further into the northernmost part of Singapore is a former Malay village known as Kampong Wak Hassan, where sightings of the ghost of an old man have been reported. We didn’t feel particularly spooked by this area (phew), but we did gasp in awe at the rows of bungalows lining the streets.
2. Old Upper Thomson Road (leading to Upper Peirce Reservoir Park)
Why couples like to go to this park for some late-night hanky-panky, I would never understand. In fact, the drive along Old Upper Thomson Road was so tremendously terrifying, we decided not to venture further for fear of peeing our panties! No, really, just look at this seemingly neverending road to the devil’s lair.
Incidentally, this long road that leads to Upper Peirce Reservoir Park is known as Devil’s Bend because it is where many accidents have occurred. Some drivers have claimed to see mysterious white figures floating among the trees, though I must say the chilling night mist definitely ups the scare ante.
3. Kheam Hock Road
So, we were informed by a friend that Kheam Hock Road – the part that leads to Bukit Brown Cemetery – is one kind of horrifying. Let me just put it out here that no number of warnings would prepare you for the impending scene of utmost horror that would haunt you for the rest of your life. It was all fine and dandy when we entered Kheam Hock Road, which is lined with beautiful houses. Halfway through, we even wondered if we were on the wrong road! And then we came to a tunnel, as pictured above. We had no idea what was beyond the tunnel, or if we would even find ourselves lost in another realm forever.
As it turned out, what awaited us was something equally hair-raising. The “Caution” signs ought to serve as fair warning – if you look closely, there are actually tombstones lining the sides of the road.
My fellow partners-in-crime and I, spooked out of our wits, remained uncharacteristically silent throughout this stretch of road. Why? Because the three of us felt like something was watching us. No. Joke.
4. South Buona Vista Road (leading to Kent Ridge Park)
The section of South Buona Vista Road that leads to Kent Ridge Park is infamously coined 99 Turns due to the many sharp bends (13, to be exact) throughout this winding road. Because of the harrowing bends, it used to be a popular spot for illegal drag racing – and according to a taxi driver, many drag racers lost their lives on 99 Turns. We could not imagine driving any faster than 40km/h along the hairpin curves, let alone speeding!
But Kent Ridge Park is where weird shit happens. We held our breath as we drove up the insanely steep slope to the park; with only our car’s headlights illuminating the narrow road ahead, I couldn’t help imagining the worst. Like an army of Malay Regiment soldiers marching across us.
You see, Kent Ridge Park is where the Malay Regiment and the Japanese Imperial Army fought during World War II, which turned out to be one of Singapore’s last and fiercest battles. Some people who visit the park at night for whatever reason claim to hear the Malay Regiment soldiers shouting instructions at each other. Us? We stayed put in our car and blasted rock music. Singapore Paranormal Investigators, we are clearly not.
[Note: As you can probably guess, we had had enough of exploring creepy roads after Kent Ridge Park scared the crap out of us, hence the Instagram user photos for the remaining two roads.]
5. Changi Coast Road
Flanked by trees and excellent for watching planes land and take off, this long stretch of road makes for a wonderfully scenic drive. It is also where many fatal accidents have taken place. A friend told me he and a few buddies were cycling on the road at around 3am many years ago, when one of his buddies, M, suddenly lost control and lurched forward. M started shouting at the group, telling them it wasn’t funny and that he could have gotten seriously injured. When his anger was met with befuddled looks, M turned white – he swore he felt someone grab his shoulder and smack his head earlier, causing him to lose control of his bicycle. According to my friend, that encounter scarred M so badly, he actually sold off his bike!
6. Old Choa Chu Kang Road/Lim Chu Kang Road/Jalan Bahar
Obviously there is no need to explain why these roads are said to be haunted. The following encounters were shared by a friend’s father, W, who is a taxi driver. One quiet night, W was driving in the north when he saw an old man sitting in the middle of the road. Taking pity on the old man, W asked him to get in for a free ride to wherever he wanted to go. You probably guessed the destination – Choa Chu Kang Cemetery. W, who isn’t easily spooked, jovially agreed to drive the old man to the cemetery. Upon nearing the destination, the old man repeatedly told W to not tell anyone where the old man was heading. That was when W began to feel a tad uneasy. Before the old man alighted, he told W to take the exit on the right because the path on the left “was not meant for humans”. Suffice it to say, W sped off (on the right) after the old man alighted.
W told us another story, this time involving his friend who’s also a taxi driver. His friend once picked up a malay lady who wanted to go to Choa Chu Kang Cemetery. When they arrived at the destination, he turned around … only to see a stone tablet in place of the lady!
Have you encountered any strange sightings on these roads before? Leave a comment below! Meanwhile, please excuse me while I check out adorable cat videos.