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The Junji Ito Horror House will leave you feeling disturbed & inspired at the same time
What terrifies you? Is it the ocean? Ghosts and ghouls? The future? If it’s all of the above (and more), don’t miss out on the chance to explore the harrowing and disquieting world of Junji Ito Horror House at Lalaport , Kuala Lumpur .
From 28 Sep 2023 to 30 Nov 2023 , fans will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the renowned mangaka ‘s world, experience his work in person, and dissect his twisted mind.
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Junji Ito is Japan ‘s most loved horror manga artist, and is often dubbed one of the best storytellers alive. He’s known for his ability to take common human fears in his hands, grip them, and twist them in ways unimaginable to the average person.
The exhibition will be split into 2 halls, both of which will lead visitors down the disturbing paths of Junji Ito’s works. Each hall will be centred around different stories and manga chapters. If you think you’ve read and watched all of his work, think again. The exhibition will feature original artwork hand-drawn by the mastermind himself.
Visitors can choose between the 2 halls, or both. On weekdays, access to a single hall costs RM49 while a double hall pass is RM79 . During the weekends, the prices are RM59 and RM89 respectively. Luckily, early birds who purchase passes before 29 Sep 2023 can enjoy an RM10 discount ! Every ticket purchase comes with an exclusive face mask as well as an RM20 voucher that can be used at purchase Junji Ito merchandise at their store.
You can also opt for their bundle deals, perfect for groups of 4 and 8 who plan on visiting both halls. The 4-person bundle is RM249 , while the 8-person bundle is RM498 . These bundles come with an extra perk: freebies from the Junji Ito cafe.
Whether you’re a mega fan or a casual enjoyer, visitors will surely have fun walking through the terrifying world of Junji Ito.
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5 Haunted Places You Absolutely Must Not Visit this Halloween in KL
5 haunted places in kl you must not visit in halloween 2021.
With October being the month of Halloween, who needs Night of Frights when the city has real haunted areas that will chill you to the bone. Like any other large city in the world, KL has its share of places whose claim to fame rests only on how haunted they are. Drawing intrigue and fear from the public, these are the top 5 haunted places in KL that you absolutely must not go to this Halloween (unless you are one of those stupidly brave souls). We have also listed the 6 most haunted places beyond KL. Read HERE
Ghost or person? Photo credit: aminioapps.com
1. Bukit Tunku
Bukit Tunku is an exclusive neighbourhood that houses some of the most expensive homes in KL. However, do not be mistaken by its well-heeled facade. It is one of the most haunted places in KL city. An unnamed mansion located in the area, which is also a heritage building, is a well known site for paranormal activities. Professional ghost hunters who have investigated the house report possessions, feelings of overwhelming nausea and inexplicable voices and shrieks. But it isn’t just the house that is haunted. The roads that wind through the hills are also known for ghost sightings, most notably the apparition of a motorcycle rider on a phantom bike. There is also compelling footage online of a motorist who encountered a ghostly figure sat in the middle of the road while driving through the area (see pic above). So the next time your journey takes you through the winding roads of Bukit Tunku, watch out. Who knows what could be lurking beyond the next bend.
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2. Victoria Institution
One of the oldest secondary schools in Malaysia, Victoria Institution was founded by the British to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria. During World War II, the school was used by the Japanese to imprison enemy combatants. Unofficial word is that captives from the Allied Forces were tortured and even killed on the grounds of the school. Students have reported sightings of ghostly apparitions during the day and night and perhaps the most well known paranormal event reported is the possession story of a marching band student. He was alone in the school late one evening when he found himself on top of the water tank with no recollection of how he got there. According to the student, the last thing he remembered was asking a girl he saw where she was going before waking up on the rooftop. Creepy.
The exterior of Mona Fandey’s House in Shah Alam. Photo credit: duniaseram.blogspot.com
3. Mona Fandey’s House
Mona Fandey eerily predicted that she would never die and this might well prove to be true. A pop star who fell from grace by murdering politician Mazlan Idris in 1993, Mona dabbled in black magic and was a self-professed bomoh . Mona Fandey lives on in notoriety even after her execution in 2001 at the age of 45. Her house still stands today, albeit abandoned, and is located in Seksyen 12 in Shah Alam. The house is said to be haunted by spirits as a result of the black magic that she practiced while living there. The closest you’ll get to the house is the road that runs alongside it as it sits on the property of the Selangor Royal Family estate. However, those who have ventured out to find it all agree that the house carries very dark energy that is undeniable.
4. Mimaland, Gombak
A popular spot for local tourists in the 80s and 90s has become one of the most popular haunted places in KL, Mimaland was a water theme park that shut its doors in 1994 and has since been left to decay. While there haven’t been any official ghost sightings, visitors describe the place as unmistakably eerie. The park was plagued with calamity after calamity while in operation, beginning with the freak death of a Singaporean tourist, and not long after, a landslide completely destroyed the pool in the early 90s. Since shutting its doors, the place has been left to be taken over by nature, leaving it in a state of dereliction ripe for haunting.
5. Highland Towers
One of the worst tragedies to have befallen Kuala Lumpur, Highland Towers has since made it onto many haunted lists of famous haunted places in KL. Those who are old enough will no doubt remember the terrible tragedy that claimed the lives of 48 people. Located in Bukit Antarabangsa, the buildings stand abandoned today and have been subject to much vandalism and illegal activity. However, ghost hunters who have ventured to explore the crumbling towers have had many ghostly encounters including the sighting of an old lady’s apparition along with that of a baby. Incidentally, two of the victims were a 77 year old grandmother and an 8-month-old baby. The buildings have since been scheduled for demolition in 2019 so for all you ghost hunters out there, go now before you miss your chance.
So these are our top 5 haunted places KL for all you intrepid ghost hunters to explore in KL this Halloween. For those of you who prefer not to tempt the deceased, we are with you on that. You can experience the adrenaline rush of a fictional haunting in the spooky hallways of the Hauntu Colle Eastern Hotel. Follow our social media for the reopening date and make your next visit to KL one to remember.
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MALAYSIA’S FIRST IMMERSIVE HORROR EXPERIENCE, HAUNTU OPENS IN THE LINC KL
Kuala Lumpur, 25 January 2019 – The team behind the global escape room franchise Breakout , proudly debuts its newest venture, Hauntu, bringing the first immersive horror experience of its kind in Malaysia. Located on the Second Floor of The LINC KL, Hauntu is now open for public access, giving the chance for Malaysians to immerse themselves in the engaging horror experience that has never been offered before.
Hauntu, pronounced haunt-you, is a theatre performance and a haunted house combined into a single immersive experience – bringing a blend of live theatre, role play and storytelling that come together. It is Malaysia’s first and only immersive horror experience, where guests take on the roles of characters in a story, interact with other characters performed by real actors and make decisions that will affect the outcome of the experience. For fans of the Netflix show, Westworld, the concept of Hauntu should be easy to understand.
The idea of Hauntu was born after identifying that the demand by Malaysians for new and unique experiences is growing exponentially. “Traffic to Breakout experienced double-digit growth every month – we knew that Malaysians were actually not just ready, but craving for more different experience”, Johnny Ong, co-founder of Breakout and Hauntu explains.
For individuals who are hungry for adventure, those who are thrill seekers, Hauntu, is set to bring unique experiences designed just for them.
Covering an area of 7,000 square feet, Hauntu welcomes guests to check in to Colle Eastern Hotel, a hotel constructed in the architectural style of British colonial buildings of Old Malaya. Featuring 1950’s style fixtures and furniture, participants will not only get to take on roles within the storylines in the infamous hotel containing a dark mystery, but also get to experience Malaysia in different eras – from its pre-independence period right up to the present.
Much more than a haunted house, Hauntu highlights three interconnected storylines that revolve around the Colle Eastern Hotel, which is filled with mystery and the paranormal. Over the span of three months, one story will be revealed for the public to experience each month. As the three stories are interconnected, guests will still be able to have the complete experience regardless of which story they begin their Hauntu experience with.
“Unlike Breakout, where the aim for guests is to escape and solve puzzles – at Hauntu, the guests take on character roles within the story of the month with the objective of committing a fictional crime or completing a mission”, Ong further explains.
In Hauntu, a cast of 6 to 10 actors who are integral to the theatrical story, will perform their characters in full costume including bellboys, witches, and chambermaids, among other, ensuring that each guest in each story has an authentic and eerie experience.
Hauntu is open daily from 11am to 11pm, last admission is at 10pm. Admission fee is priced at RM58 per person. For more information or to uncover the stories at Hauntu, visit https://ihauntu.com or call +6011-1686 9199 for bookings – who knows, you may never want to leave…
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5 of the Most Haunted Places in KL You Absolutely Want to Stay Away From
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It’s that time of the year again and I’m sure thrill seekers are just dying for some adventure. KL is a vibrant city that consists of skyscrapers, loud music, amazing food from all over the world and the best of all – haunted landmarks. If you’re itching to explore some spooky spots this Halloween, here’s a list of KL’s most haunted places we’re daring you to visit:
1. Victoria Institution
Source: vi archives
During World War II, the Japanese Occupation took over Victoria Institution (VI) as one their bases in the city. At the time, many British soldiers and locals were brutally tortured and killed on campus. It is said that apparitions are not only common at night but in the day as well. Cases of students being possessed by spirits is nothing new to students and teachers from VI. The most shocking story ever told was when a band member stayed back in school till late night for practice and “disappeared” only to be found on top of the water tank later on. The band member said that he saw a girl walking by alone and being courteous, he asked her where she was going and that was when everything went blank. Eek!
2. Highland Towers
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Most Malaysians remember the story of Highland Towers as one of the most tragic incidents to date. Highland Towers was built in 1993; however, without warning, a whole block of building collapsed thus causing the death of 48 residents. The devastating incident was caused by soil erosion after further inspection. It is said that to this date, you can still hear the cries for help and devastation of those who lost their lives in this tragic incident.
3. SK Danau Perdana
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SK Danau Perdana was emptied in 2005 and left abandoned up till today. The reason given for the abandonment of the school was due to the land being unsafe for occupation as cracks started to appear on the walls. Hence, it was ordered to shut down by the authorities. Although the reason of abandonment of the school is not paranormal-related, there have been stories of paranormal activities in the compound. One famous urban legend is that the school is occupied by a pontianak , which is a spirit of a woman who died while pregnant and she is allegedly one of the cleaners of the school.
4. Aeroplane Bungalow
Source: supernatural sightings
Noted as Malaysia’s most notorious murders, this is the house of the late Mona Fandey who was a popular bomoh back in the ’90s. Mona Fandey was known for using black magic to help many politicians achieve power. In 2001, she was executed for brutally murdering politician Mazlan Idris back in 1993 while conducting a ceremony to invest him with power. It’s reported that Mona, along with her husband, had Mazlan lie down while they conducted the ceremony, before dismembering and partially skinning Mazlan. During her execution, she claimed that she will never die and her house is supposedly haunted due to all the black magic she had been practising.
5. Bukit Tunku
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Bukit Tunku was formerly known as Kenny Hills. It was renamed in honour of our first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. The area has also been popularly nicknamed ‘The Beverly Hills of Malaysia,’ due to its abundance of luxury bungalows and lavish condominiums. However, beneath all the wealth and luxury lies a dark reality. Apparently, there’s an abandoned mansion in Bukit Tunku that’s well-known for being haunted. There are several stories behind this spooky house, such as a lady who hung herself from the corner of the building, pontianaks that roam around at night, and even a phantom motorcyclist who reputedly died while on a race one night.
So, there you have it, some of the most haunted places in Kuala Lumpur with a rather dark history. Do you dare to visit them all? If you’ve ever been to one of these sites, let us know your experience in the comments!
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[UPDATED] These 9 Haunted Places In KL Will Send Chills Down Your Spine
I’m sure we all know of quite a few buildings and locations in KL that are reportedly haunted by mystical beings and demonic entities. Many urban legends has sprung up from these places, with numerous people claiming to have witnessed unusual activity, experienced hair-raising incidents, or even possessed by spirits themselves. If you’re a thrill-seeker looking for somewhere creepy to explore, or if you’re a scaredy-cat (like myself) who’ll be happy to simply sit behind our computer screens and read about these stories, here’s a list of the reputedly most haunted places in Kuala Lumpur:
Mimaland was a water theme park opened way back in 1975, in Gombak, Selangor. It proved quite popular among the locals at the time, with many heading there for family time and school trips. However, a deadly accident in the 1990s left a Singaporean visitor dead, and a later series of unfortunate events (including a landslide) left no choice but the closure of the amusement park. The prehistoric-themed park is now closed off to the public, but still currently exists, albeit covered in graffiti and overrun by nature. It’s said to have quite an ominous atmosphere, with its too-quiet surroundings and intense darkness at night. Not to mention the towering statues of dinosaurs and wild animals still there among the overgrowth! Now, the place is a magnet for amateur ghost hunters wanting to seek out some paranormal activity. After all, what sounds cooler than a haunted abandoned amusement park?
This neighbourhood is now home to the affluent and wealthy members of our society, but Bukit Tunku has built up a reputation for housing ghostly spirits that scare away visitors. Motorcyclists mysteriously disappearing in the dark, pontianak roaming about the place, and creepy noises heard in the night are just some of the stories circulating about Bukit Tunku. An abandoned colonial mansion in the area is the star attraction for ghost hunters, because of the alleged suicide of one of its residents (who is supposed to still be haunting the building until today). People have reported sudden drops in temperature, mysterious whiffs of fragrant perfume, and bright orbs floating about the place. Try not to get too frightened if you decide to explore the grounds!
Abandoned bungalow on Jalan Turi, Bangsar
This place actually has a grain of truth to its sinister reputation. According to real police reports, in 1992 a security guard who was hired by the family living there went berserk and chopped up the two American children and their maid who were residents of the house at the time. Their bodies were then dumped into a septic tank behind the house, and people claim that their souls are still roaming the building. Many have said that they’ve seen ghostly apparitions of children hanging about the compound, sometimes even waving at passersby. Upon entering the household, mementos from the 80s can still be found littered on the floor, like newspapers, children’s exercise books, postcards, and letters. Quite a surreal place, but unfortunately it has now been demolished. I’m sure the scary stories will live on though!
Victoria Institution, Jalan Hang Tuah
Seeing as Victoria Institution (a.k.a. VI) is one of the oldest schools in Malaysia, there will no doubt be an extensive list of paranormal incidents occurring within its grounds. Added to the fact that the school was apparently used during the Japanese occupation as a military base (and many stories of underground torture chambers and deaths occurring on campus), countless students have come forward with spooky tales of ghostly apparitions, sounds of marching soldiers, and spiritual possessions galore. There is also the infamous story of the boy who lost consciousness and found himself atop the school’s water tank, saying that all he remembered beforehand was approaching a lone girl wandering the campus and wanting to help her. If you don’t believe these stories, I’m sure most of the student population will be happy to rebuke you with their own experiences.
Highland Towers, Bukit Antarabangsa
Who hasn’t heard about the infamous Highland Towers? The unfortunate apartment buildings experienced a horrible tragedy back in 1993, when one of the residential blocks collapsed due to a landslide, killing 48 people within. Of course, with that many people falling victim to the disaster, it’s no wonder that many are claiming that the area is extremely haunted, with sounds of crying, wailing, and screaming being heard in the compound. Some have also claimed to have been possessed by spirits while ghost-hunting, and to have seen creepy figures lurking around at night. The remaining two apartment blocks were immediately abandoned after the tragedy, but they still stand in ruin today, mostly inhabited by criminals and drug addicts. Check them out if you dare, but make sure to bring some friends with you!
Also known as Lady Templer Hospital back in the day, this hospital was allegedly abandoned for no apparent reason in the 80s, and is said to be infested with the souls of those who were suffering and had died within its walls. Thrill-seekers have claimed that they’ve witnessed spooky figures of patients wandering the hallways, though of course there isn’t any concrete proof of the hospital’s haunting. The ghosts are apparently hostile towards guests! On a less drastic note, most people who step into its doors report immediate feelings of fear, goose bumps rising on their skin, and a chill through the air. Though the building has since been demolished and rebuilt as a new hospital, it still sounds quite creepy to me!
This highway has seen it’s fair share of deadly accidents over the past few decades, and I’m sure all of us have heard of at least one horror story of ghosts wandering its tarmac before. The 1990 road catastrophe that led to 17 people losing their lives on the highway has only fed the flames of supernatural rumors floating around about the place. The notorious yellow Volkswagen that will appear ahead of you on the road is a well-known story (obviously there is no driver in the front seat), as well as the little boy with bloody eyes asking for his mother. Apparently, these ghostly incidents have died down over recent years, and some have said that the ghosts have probably moved on. Still, if you’re curious enough to check it out, you’re welcome to!
While this might not be a true-life paranormal experience in itself, it would still likely send chills up your spine. A 3-part series of spooks, Hauntu is an immersive theatrical haunted house experience consisting of real life actors in the setting of a creepy fictional hotel called the Colle Eastern Hotel. What’s interesting about this experience is that guests get to play certain roles and interact with the actors in order to somewhat “solve” the mystery and make it out of the maze-like game alive. Comprising of several episodes in total, the experience will journey through different eras of the hotel—from when it’s fully functioning to when it’s completely derelict and obsolete.
Find out more about Hauntu here .
Bonus: Amber Court, Genting Highlands
Ok so this one isn’t in KL, but it’s legendary so we had to include it in this list.
This used to be a popular accommodation for visitors to Genting Highlands, but now that its gotten its reputation as one of the most haunted places in Malaysia, I’m sure most people would stay far, far away. The tall, rundown building has stemmed countless supernatural stories of ghosts howling in the night, torrential winds in enclosed spaces, banging, knocking, humming, screaming, footsteps, appearance of sinister apparitions and spirits, and more. Amber Court isn’t the only haunted place in Genting Highlands though, as many report other accommodations like Ria Apartment, First World Hotel, and Genting Highlands Resort to be extremely haunted, due to numerous deaths and suicides that have occurred there. It all sounds too real to not believe, and seeing as so many people have reported creepy incidents in the area, perhaps it’s best to just stay away from all that bad energy.
Would you dare to visit these places and hunt for some supernatural entities? I sure wouldn’t. Let us know if you’ve encountered and paranormal beings in these places before!
Feature Image Credit: The Malay Mail
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14 Haunted Places In Malaysia & The Horrors You’ll Experience When You Visit Them
The most haunted places in Malaysia
It is often said that you shouldn’t dabble with what is unseen – which is why things such as summoning, taunting, or speaking ill of any paranormal creature is said to be highly taboo.
This does not, however, stop courageous and thrill-seeking ghost hunters from visiting Malaysia’s haunted places in hopes of making contact with someone or something from another world. Here are 14 haunted places in Malaysia and what people who have visited them said they have experienced.
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1. Kellie’s Castle, Perak
2. mimaland, selangor, 3. amber court, genting, 4. penang war museum, penang, 5. karak highway, 6. villa nabila, johor bahru, 7. shih chung branch school, penang, 8. byram estate – the 99-door mansion of penang, 9. maxwell hill (bukit larut), taiping, 10. pulau jerejak, penang, 11. jalan turi, kuala lumpur, 12. victoria institution, kuala lumpur, 13. mona fandey’s “aeroplane” house, kuala lumpur, 14. bukit tunku, kuala lumpur, most haunted places in malaysia.
The story: This elaborate mansion in Perak was owned by Scotsman William Kellie Smith. But after he passed away from pneumonia before it could be completed, it was left abandoned for over 80 years after his death before it became a well-known attraction for visitors in 2000.
It has also racked up a mysterious reputation, with the discovery of 4 hidden tunnels under the house where over 70 workers were said to have died from the Spanish flu while working on them.
What you may experience or encounter: According to many who visited the mansion, Smith’s restless spirit has been seen roaming a balcony that’s now marked with a plaque that reads “Ghostly Cloister Balcony”. While he didn’t die in the house, his spirit is said to remain here because his dream of building a mansion was never completed and later neglected.
3 other haunted spots in the mansion are known for unsightly encounters too. Smith’s 6-year-old daughter has also been seen wearing an all-white ensemble and running around her abandoned bedroom. A worker of Smith’s who died in the house is also said to haunt the laundry room, while the wine cellar that leads into the mysterious tunnels is also home to unidentified entities.
As tourists have often gotten lost while exploring the underbellies of this mansion, the tunnels are no longer explorable by visitors. But that hasn’t stopped many from getting spooked out and feeling an eerie presence while walking along the corridors of this mansion.
Address: 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak Opening hours: Mon – Thu 9AM-5.30PM | Fri-Sun 9AM-6PM
The story: Mimaland – shortened from Malaysia in Miniature Land – was Malaysia’s first theme park that opened in 1975 in Gombak. It featured a sports park, water park, and prehistoric animal park with life-sized dinosaurs that made it the must-visit place of every kid growing up in the 70s and 80s.
But a series of tragic mishaps plagued the park, including a Singaporean tourist’s death on a water slide and a landslide that damaged the same pool where the accident happened a year later.
The park was forced to cease operations in 1994 because of security issues, after which its name entered many lists of haunted places in Malaysia. It’s now left abandoned, with remnants of the amusement park’s attractions scattered around, giving the whole area an eerie vibe.
What you may experience or encounter: The park has been touted as an abandoned Jurassic Land in Malaysia – which has made it a magnet for those who want shots with the dinosaur statues that have been left behind and those who believe that the place is haunted.
Local film Miimaland , which is a 2020 horror film about a group of individuals filming a reality show at the park, was also filmed here. During filming, the crew experienced a series of ghostly incidents, including an unexplained attack of hysteria among 3 staff members, as reported by China Press .
You can watch the trailer of the film here to see more scenes of Mimaland’s abandoned landscapes.
Address: Jalan Gombak, 53100, Selangor
The story: This row of buildings in Genting Highlands was set to be a resort for those making a trip out to this hilltop entertainment city. But it was later sold as apartment units after the financial crisis of 1997-98. With the apartment’s 23 stories left largely unoccupied, coupled with red algae resembling blood on the building’s facade, stories of suicide and paranormal activities inside apartment units and abandoned areas in the building have cropped up.
What you may experience or encounter: Scroll through the reviews section of this apartment complex which is still occupied by tenants and operating as a homestay for curious individuals, on Google and Agoda and you’ll see your share of paranormal stories from guests. Some have sighted a headless woman, while others have heard howling noises seemingly from women and the slamming of doors.
A 2017 horror film, Haunted Hotel 2 , directed by Malaysian director Ryon Lee, was filmed here too, furthering the claims of paranormal activities. A Penangite actor who starred in the film and stayed at the apartment was reported by New Straits Times as having heard knocking sounds on his door.
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Address: Amber Court, Jalan Ion D’Elemen, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang
The story: This museum in Bukit Batu Maung used to be a British fort in the 1930s. Fast forward to World War II, and Japanese soldiers took over the site and converted it into a prisoner-of-war base. A lone soldier by the name of Tadashi Suzuki is said to have carried out gruesome beheadings and the torture of over 100 individuals with a samurai sword here.
This spot, now known as “Ghost Hill” for the atrocities that took place here, was even included in a National Geographic documentary on the 10 scariest places to visit in Asia. Penang War Museum is now located on the hill, with dark tourism attractions such as displays of plastic corpses and guillotines recreating haunting experiences for guests.
What you may experience or encounter: The presence of photos depicting the horrors of war and bunkers ridden with dark tales is sure to send shivers down your spine. But not just that, visitors of the museum are said to have heard sounds of humans screaming echoing down the hills and some have even seen apparitions of Suzuki wandering in tunnels in the museum.
During the restoration of this area, employees have reportedly heard sounds of victims being tortured and disembodied voices echoing down the bunkers too.
Address: Lot 1350 Mukim 12, Daerah Barat Daya, Batu Maung
The story: One of the most haunted places in Malaysia is this highway that gets you up to two of Malaysia’s most popular tourist destinations – Genting Highlands and Cameron Highlands. Its long and winding nature has been the site of some of the most horrific accidents. The Karak Highway’s hauntings are so widely known that a horror movie titled Karak: Laluan Puaka was made in 2011, based on the numerous ghost stories surrounding the area.
What you may experience or encounter: Sightings of Pontianak, a driverless yellow Volkswagen (which you should never try to overtake or it will continue to appear in front of you) and a lost young boy looking for his mother.
How to get there: From KL, take the Duta-Ulu Kelang Highway and take Exit 3303 towards Genting Highlands. Head towards Kuala Lumpur – Gua Musang Highway Route 28. Take the E8 ramp to Genting Highlands. Go through the Plaza Toll Gombak towards Kuala Lumpur.
The story: Famous seafront Villa Nabila in Johor is rumoured to be the location where a jealous maid took the lives of a wealthy family that once lived there in order to inherit an heirloom. Their bodies were said to be buried somewhere in the compound but never found.
The villa is so popular that a movie titled Villa Nabila was produced in 2015 based on real events that happened there.
What you may experience or encounter: If you’re visiting with your squad, just as in any other haunted places in Malaysia, you’d do well to stay together. Otherwise, someone might go missing or you might find an additional being in your midst. There have been reported sightings of a lady dressed in white too.
Address: Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Straits View, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor
The story: Located near Lebuh Farquhar, this school was turned into a military administrative building where people were said to have been tortured to their deaths during the Japanese Occupation. Currently, the school is buried in full forest bloom, which ups the creepy factor of this place.
What you may experience or encounter: Many people who drive past this spot said that the sight of this building is so creepy that it sent shivers down their spines. There have even been reports of sudden and unexplained attacks of hysteria taking over visitors to the site. Keep a lookout for hauntings of Japanese soldiers.
Address: 11, Jalan Transfer, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
The story: Hidden in a quiet corner of a palm-oil plantation in Nibong Tebal is Byram Mansion with 99 doors, thus the name of the place. Abandoned over 50 years ago, this elaborate house was once owned by an extremely wealthy family who lived a lavish lifestyle until 1948, when it was said that a member of their family was brutally shot and the killer, never found.
After the mansion was abandoned, it was reported that a famous local witch doctor used the site as a medium to contact the unseen. The violence and paranormal activities that the house has seen primed it for the spooky status that it has now, among other haunted places in Malaysia.
What you may experience or encounter: Some locals report having heard inhuman growls and unexplained sounds coming from the surrounding areas of the building. Locals will not stay within the area past sundown for fear of meeting one of the witch doctor’s evil spirits. Some people are said to have even encountered possessions. Investigators have also reported feeling overwhelmed by an evil presence, fleeing even before carrying out their duties.
Rumours say that there is a 100th door in the mansion that leads to the world of spirits that opens only at a specific time of the day.
Address: Jalan Byram, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang GPS coordinates: 5.17569, 100.45625
The story: Known as Bukit Larut, this hill is a popular spot amongst hiking enthusiasts and those looking to have a unique getaway. Its ghastly history lies around the fact that the road was built by the blood, sweat, and lives of prisoners who were forced into labour during the Second World War.
What you may experience or encounter: Unexplained loud thuds on the doors, footsteps, and an eerie presence. Some have even reported feeling that they were “touched” by something they could not see.
How to get there: This spot is located in Perak, near Taiping. On the North-South Highway, take the exit to Taiping. After the toll, follow the signs leading to Taiping. From here, head towards the lake gardens, where there are signs that’ll show you to Maxwell Hill.
The story: This small island off the coast of Penang, which is now a popular weekend getaway , used to house people infected with leprosy in the late 19th century. From 1969 to 1993, it was turned into a prison-rehabilitation centre to house those who were supposedly the most hardcore criminals. The island was said to be surrounded by sharks, and any inmates who tried to escape were eaten by the marine animals.
What you may experience or encounter: Fishermen and visitors have reported numerous sightings of spirits unable to find peace after suffering an unwilling departure from this world. Many people also reported feeling shrouded in an unsettling aura after stepping foot in the area.
How to get there: Head to the Penang Island Jerejak Resort Jetty at Persiaran Bayan Indah in Penang. You’ll need to get a ferry ticket to get to the island.
The story: In 1992, the murder of two US citizen children of Indian descent and their maid made headlines in the newspapers. A 25-year-old security guard was detained to assist in investigations, and he was later convicted and eventually hanged in 2002 for murdering the victims and hiding their bodies in the sewage tank behind the house.
What you may experience or encounter: Keen visitors to this now-demolished bungalow would have found that it was littered with belongings of the former occupants – school books and more. With claims of black magic practices in the building coupled with gruesome deaths, the site is a location of recurring hauntings.
Address: Jalan Turi, Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
The story: The school, established in 1893, is said to be the location of many ruthless tortures and deaths during the Japanese Occupation. After that dark period, students have said that they experienced hauntings, from seeing doppelgangers to marching Japanese soldiers.
What you may experience or encounter: You might see a black figure on top of the clock tower – a sighting common amongst students – a dead body hanging from one of the toilet doors, or even a mysterious girl hanging around on her own.
Address: Jalan Hang Tuah, 55200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
The story: “Saya tidak akan mati.” (“I will never die.”)
These were the famous last words of Mona Fandey, who was charged with the murder of politician Mazlan Idris. A well-known witch doctor, Mona and her husband hacked to death and partially skinned the then-politician. The duo were subsequently sentenced to the gallows.
What you may experience or encounter: While there aren’t many reports of people encountering supernatural events at her house, it is still the scene of a gruesome murder. Paraphernalia from her black magic rituals reportedly remain in her abandoned house.
Address: Seksyen 12, Shah Alam
The story: An upmarket area in Kuala Lumpur and a place where Tunku Abdul Rahman called home, this place is where one wouldn’t expect anything sinister or paranormal. But as it’s an abandoned mansion, the assumption that the area is “clean” would be almost ridiculous.
Indeed, there are many unverified accounts about supernatural beings haunting this abandoned building.
What you may experience or encounter: Some residents claim to have seen a ghost rider taking a joyride around the area in the middle of the night, only to disappear around a bend. There have also been sightings of regular resident ghosts such as pontianak s.
Address: Bukit Tunku, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Whether you’re a skeptic or firm believer in paranormal activities, the stories and experiences of visitors of these 14 haunted places in Malaysia are bound to send shivers up your spine or give you goosebumps.
But while thrill-seeking Malaysians who are always up for a good hantu story may want to drop by these haunted places in Malaysia for their own tales to tell, it’s always best to play it safe and not wander too far into the unknown.
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Original article by Faizah Mas Mohd Khalik. Updated by Janet Cho on 21st October 2020.
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Ghost hunting on Halloween! Haunted places in Malaysia for thrill seekers
Does the supernatural world or paranormal occurrences fascinate you, and you secretly wish to experience them yourself? Are you one of those who love listening to stories revolving around paranormal sightings? Fret not, as we have you covered. And, while Malaysia is a country with beautiful coastal panoramic views and serene nature, it has many places labelled as ‘stigmatised properties’ by visitors who have experienced unnatural occurrences there. Though it’s hard to prove them, these properties are well-known for horrific murders , black magic, untimely death, grim experiences or eerie incidents that happened in the past. We bring you some of the most haunted places in Malaysia, sure to send a shiver down your spine.
Most people do not believe in the outer world until they experience it themselves. So, if you are ready to experience something beyond the natural world, these places can be a great destination for your squad this Halloween season . Not for the faint-hearted, mind you!
Here are some of the most haunted places in Malaysia for courageous ghost hunters
The notorious Villa Nabila in Johor Bahru exudes grand and unique architecture overlooking Danga Bay. It sounds like a dream house, isn’t it? However, it is not.
The villa is abandoned, and its owners are still a mystery. It is surrounded by numerous speculations and rumours with different versions. As per one of the versions, a wealthy family lived here with their only daughter Nabila. The parents died in an accident, and Nabila became the sole heir of their property and wealth. One day, their housemaid killed her out of greed and buried her in one of the villa’s walls. In another version, the jealous maid killed the entire family to steal their immense wealth.
If you visit this place, it is better to stay together to be safe. Many people reported seeing a girl in white there. It is so popular that a film named Villa Nabila (2015) has been made based on the actual incidents that happened here.
Address: Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Straits View, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Mona Fandey’s House
Mona Fandey or Mona Fendi’s house, is one of the first names that pops up when it comes to haunted places in Malaysia.
The singer-turned-bomoh, Fandey and her husband brutally killed a politician named Mazlan Idris using black magic in 1993 with their devoted assistant. Apparently, the infamous black magic practitioner promised him power and wealth. Instead, she partially skinned, chopped him into pieces, and buried him in her backyard. The couple and their assistant Juraimi Hassan were sentenced to death in 2001. Her name is forever engraved in Malaysian crime history and folklore because of her last words, “ Saya tidak akan mati ” meaning “I will never die.”
Locals believe that her house is haunted owing to her evil practices and remains, and it is avoided by visitors as much as possible.
Address: Seksyen 12, Shah Alam (Behind Leisure Point, Cheras), Malaysia
When in Malaysia, you have to cross the Karak highway to reach the two most popular tourist destinations of Malaysia — Genting Highlands and Cameron Highlands. Numerous paranormal activities and unfortunate car accidents have occurred on this infamous highway. The horror movie Karak: Laluan Puaka (2011) is based on the real incidents that happened here.
Some of the spooky stories revolving around this place include that of a yellow Volkswagen , often seen on the road, that chases one down the highway and that of a lost young boy looking for his mother. Another popular story goes by that of a beautiful woman asking for lift who’s actually not a human.
Drivers have often reported experiencing an invisible person in the car whenever they cross the road. It’s advised not to go there at night and definitely not alone.
One of the most intriguing examples of fine masonry in Malaysia, Kellie’s castle belonged to a young Scotsman, William Kellie Smith. The story of the abandoned bungalow has a tragic and mysterious angle, along with love, of course. Kellie Smith built this architectural gem with a hint of Moorish, Indo-Saracenic and Roman influence to express his love for his family. But unfortunately, he lost his fortune and suddenly died of pneumonia in Lisbon on a trip back to Europe. The grieving family didn’t make their way to Malaysia, leaving the castle unfinished.
Rumours are rife that the Japanese army used the mansion to torture and kill prisoners during the war. Some say their souls still wander in the building, while some visitors reported experiencing Smith’s spirit roaming around the castle’s balcony, now named ‘Ghostly Cloister Balcony.’ Many even reported sightings of his 6-year-old daughter playing in the abandoned bedroom wearing an all-white ensemble.
Address: 5, Jalan Gopeng, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia
‘Malaysia in Miniature Land’ or Mimaland was one the first theme parks in the country, featuring life-size dinosaur replicas, water slides, a giant ride and many more amusement options. However, it was forced to shut down in 1994 because of several unfortunate incidents. People believe that the park was built on cursed grounds. Though there aren’t exactly any spooky stories about the place, it’s still very creepy to walk around the abandoned site. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
The death of a 27-year-old Singaporean tourist , the freaky landslide that destroyed the big pool, and other security issues and mishaps never left Mimaland. The redevelopment plans also failed numerous times as a sign of continuous bad luck.
Address: Jalan Gombak, 53100, Selangor, Malaysia
While speaking of the most haunted places in Malaysia, one cannot miss mentioning Highland Towers. Ten days of continuous rain and a disastrous landslide demolished one of the buildings of the tower, killing 48 lives.
After the incident, many adjoining buildings were left abandoned, and they became a common place for illicit activities. However, even after over two decades, the site is rumoured to be haunted. Ghost hunters have reported many incidents involving an infant and an old lady. Oddly enough, a 77-year-old grandmother and an eight-month-old infant were two of the casualties reported.
Address: Taman Hillview, Ulu Klang, Selangor, Malaysia.
Amber Court in Genting Highlands, opposite the First World Hotel , was built as a resort. But, due to the financial crisis of 1997-98, it was sold as apartments. The unoccupied apartments and the red algae spots on the building walls that resemble blood stains give it an eerie look.
Its reputation as one of the haunted places in Malaysia made it a popular dark tourism destination. Many spooky stories of suicide and paranormal activities float about this place. It is available as a homestay for truth-seeking courageous individuals. Many guests have shared numerous stories, including that of a headless woman, howling noises and sounds of slamming doors. A local flick named Haunted Hotel 2 was filmed here, reestablishing the paranormal occurrences.
Address: Amber Court, Jalan Ion D’Elemen, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
99 door Mansion/ Byram Estate/ Caledonia House
The Byram Estate, a 99-door house, was once the luxury residence of a wealthy family. Terror took over the mansion when the owner John St Maur Ramsden, was horrifically murdered in 1948. Even after many court trials, the killer is still unidentified, and the house has been abandoned for over 50 years.
According to local stories, a famous local witch doctor took over the residence and practised black magic rituals to summon demons. The place looks creepy, and locals have heard inhuman growls and unexplained sounds from inside the abandoned building. Many ghost hunters and investigators also reported an unexplainable evil presence here. It’s better to avoid the area after sundown for safety reasons.
Address: Jalan Byram, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang, Malaysia
Jalan Turi Bungalow
This haunted house is another crime scene of gruesome murders. In 1992, two American kids of Indian origin and their domestic help were killed in this house by their security guard. He dumped their bodies in a septic tank behind the house. The motive of the murder is still unknown, but many attribute it to his psychological disorder .
The bungalow is demolished now, but locals still avoid the place as many have experienced recurring haunted sightings. Locals have heard screaming children and seen ghosts in the area. Repurposing the site is still unsuccessful without any particular known reason. Next time, if you plan to visit this place or any similar haunted places in Malaysia, be warned.
Address: Jalan Turi, Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Penang War Museum
This museum used to be a fort, and Japanese soldiers turned it into their prisoners-of-war base camp during World War II. It is said that Tadashi Suzuki, a lone soldier, brutally tortured and took the lives of over 100 prisoners with a samurai sword by beheading them.
Also called ‘Ghost Hill’, this place was named one of the ten scariest places to visit in Asia by National Geographic because of the cataclysmic events that happened there.
It is one of Malaysia’s dark tourism attractions featuring plastic corpses and guillotines for a frightening experience. People have heard the screaming sounds of the victims and experienced glimpses of Suzuki wandering in the subways of the museum.
Address: Jalan Batu Maung, 11960 Batu Maung, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Shih Chung Branch School
Built in 1880, the magnificent building was a Chinese house used as a hotel. It was even used as an administrative headquarters for the Japanese military during the Second World War, as per various reports.
It was later turned into a school, and according to folklore and school authorities, many people were tortured and executed within these grounds, and their souls still wander around this place.
The overgrown plants and trees on the abandoned school ground add more creepiness to its enigma. Moreover, sudden hysteria attacks while crossing this place are common, as locals share.
Address: 11, Jalan Transfer, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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9 Famous Malaysian Ghosts & Where To Find Them
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E very culture has its own ghouls and ghost stories. Of course, growing up Malaysian (or if you’ve been in this part of the world long enough), you’ll have heard of these haunting creatures of the night! While many believe that there is no such thing as haunted spirits, there are others who swear to have encountered scary sightings. Stories about entities knocking in the night, from nature spirits to malicious devils, will send goosebumps down the spines of even the most sceptical person. If you’re not already familiar with Malaysian hantus, read on to find out about the kinds of ghosts we have, and more importantly, where to find them!
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Possibly the most well-known supernatural being, thanks to the variety of Malay movies featuring this creature, pontianak is believed to be the ghost of a pregnant woman. They are typically shown as long-haired, pale-skinned, jasmine-scented, and clad in all-white attire. Said to take on the appearance of lovely maidens to lure men, this creature’s non-threatening appearance is most likely how it draws its victims in before digging its long nails into their stomachs and consuming their organs. Pontianak is also infamous for dismembering male reproductive parts to exact vengeance!
Where to find them According to legend, they prefer to hang out amongst banana trees or other large trees with plenty of shade and prey on unwary men. Tourists holidaying at The Datai in Langkawi have claimed seeing ‘strange’ images on their pictures taken in the rainforest, and in their hotel rooms.
2. Hantu pocong
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Islamic tradition mentions that hantu pocong , also known as the shroud ghost, is the deceased’s spirit wrapped in a white cloth called the kain kafan (plain white cloth). Strings will be tied above the head, around the neck, and below the feet to hold the fabric on the body throughout the rite.
Many Malays and Indonesians believe that the body will emerge from the grave to remind people to release their souls if the knots are not removed during the burial or within 40 days. They can ‘teleport’ since they are not affected by gravity, and can be found ‘loitering’ anywhere from their ultimate resting place to their former houses.
Where to find them The Penang War Museum is host to all sorts of weird and creepy artefacts. Visitors have claimed the paranormal activity of ghosts and demons, which locals believe are the trapped souls of those tortured and murdered by the Japanese Imperial Army. It won’t be a surprise to see a pocong hopping around the area. A fun fact to note – it’s believed that you could become wealthy if you hug a pocong , though we don’t recommend this!
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Do you live alone and find that your money or things mysteriously vanish? That could be a toyol visiting your house stealing the possessions of others to enrich their masters.
Shamans or witch doctors (called bomoh ) call on the souls of stillborn babies or dead human foetuses known as toyol . These tiny creatures can be purchased from witch doctors for various purposes and are typically used by their owners to steal stuff or wreak havoc in others’ lives. Southeast Asians believe that a toyol is responsible for our money or jewellery disappearing mysteriously. Toyols are childlike: mischievous, a little clumsy, a little needy, and easily distracted. Not to be mistaken for your actual human babies running around your house!
Every morning, owners must feed the spirit milk, provide toys, light a black candle, play mantras, and occasionally put a piece of the owner’s blood on the statue to keep it happy. Toyols are said to be easy to deceive and distract, usually with mirrors and needles.
Where to find them The former Mandarin Pacific Hotel (now shut) in the centre of Kuala Lumpur is said to be haunted by these tiny creatures. Late at night, many reports hearing doors and chairs moving, as well as marbles dropping on the floor, and all evidence points to room 1102 as the primary suspect. Unless you’re incredibly brave, perhaps don’t venture into the now-closed property.
4. Hungry ghosts
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According to Chinese beliefs, the gates of hell will open on the seventh month of the Lunar calendar, and spirits will be released into our world. Like the existing spirits roaming our world, these souls from hell are often ‘hungry,’ as they rely on descendants to burn hell money and feed them.
Some spirits are said to be naughty and play practical jokes on humans. Others seeking vengeance will frequently visit people or locations. On the seventh month, there have been numerous reports of ghost sightings. Around this time, you may notice food offerings on the streets or at the front gates of some homes. A few of your friends may even warn you against spending too much time outside, believing that spirits will follow you!
So be cautious during this Lunar month: you never know when an ancestor might stop by to pay you a visit.
Where to find them Those looking for a ghostly adventure can check-in at First World Hotel, Genting Highlands . The ghosts of suicide victims who lost everything at the casino are rumoured to haunt this resort hotel. Stories claim that some children scream for no apparent reason and refuse to enter certain areas of the hotel. Guests who are otherwise healthy become unwell for no reason at all, and you can smell incense, which the Chinese believe is food for ghosts.
Some of the hotel’s 6,118 rooms are cursed, and the hotel never rents them out to guests, even when it’s at full occupancy. Widespread whispers say that the entire 21st floor is cursed, and the elevator always skips that floor for some reason.
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The mohini is said to be the spirit of a woman who killed herself without ever experiencing love. If a woman’s sexual urge was not satisfied while she was living, she will become a mohini after she dies. She’s enraged and is out to ruin the lives of happy couples. Creepy!
To any man, they will appear to look gorgeous in order to attract them. Some folks are mortally afraid of these things, and so they should be. Someone who can tear you limb from limb while chilling in a coconut tree is not to be messed with.
Aside from a homicidal aura and a fondness for coconuts, this demon has a lethal scent that can seduce you to your death.
Where to find them Tourists staying at the Amber Court Hotel and Ria Apartment in Genting Highlands said they have felt as though there were eyes constantly watching them, despite there being no one in sight! But profound haunting experiences include hearing a creepy voice howling like a hybrid of girl and wolf in the middle of an empty hallway, and people running amok inside the room.
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The penaggalan are usually female body-less heads with internal organs fluttering around. They are, without a doubt, one of the most heinous-looking demonic spirits on this list, thought to be miscarriage victims who feed on human blood to feed their dead kids. Some people even believe they died while giving birth.
Another version claims that the penanggalans are midwives who agreed to deliver infants to the devil for youthful appearances. If the midwives mistakenly consume meat within the first 40 days, the devil will convert the midwife into a penanggalan .
Where to find them Shih Chung Branch School, the infamous haunted school in Penang was a slaughterhouse for Japanese soldiers during the Second World War. There are accounts of people experiencing hysteria and spine-chilling feelings when they stand near the property. There are no records of how many people died here, which makes it even more horrifying. The building has been abandoned since then and left to ruin.
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Two words: pet cemetery. The mao gui , or cat ghosts, are malevolent feline spirits who seek vengeance on all humans for their crimes against cats. Cats were allegedly frequently sacrificed in ancient times, and as a result, the mao gui had an axe to grind. Though they may look like ordinary cats from afar, these fearsome felines have murder on their agenda, and will do everything in their power to make their tormentors’ lives a living nightmare. You may want to double-check if your cute little kitty cat is actually alive, and not a demon cat back from the dead hungry for revenge.
Where to find them The Nirvana Pet Memorial Garden is a one-stop funeral service that offers everything from pet funerals to cremation and burial services. While no ghosts seem to have been cited, the idea of a dead animal haunting you is still creepy enough.
8. Orang minyak
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The orang minyak (oily man) is a supernatural being summoned and controlled by malevolent bomoh , who primarily aim to cause havoc. The o rang minyak can cover his entire body in a black oily material that renders him virtually undetectable at night, difficult to catch, and makes breaking and entering extremely easy.
They are believed to have made a deal with the devil to gain power or reclaim their loved ones. In exchange, the person must worship the devil and rape 21 virgins in one week. The orang minyak can also climb walls and the edges of big buildings and jump long distances on rooftops. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to find some Venom -looking person on top of you.
Where to find them What makes this hantu even more terrifying is that orang minyak is still terrorising people today. A knife-wielding o rang minyak was reported roaming about Kuala Lumpur Hospital in 2005, attempting to rape nurses. In 2012, residents of a village near Gombak, Selangor, claimed to have sighted these threatening creatures lurking around in the night.
9. Hantu Raya
No, this is not a ghost that haunts only during Hari Raya . The hantu Raya (when directly translated, it means ghost of Raya) is a powerful and terrifying ghost who is controlled by a human master. The hantu Raya is sometimes compared to a demon because he is the master of all spirits. These ghouls bargain with their human owners in exchange for power and certain life benefits, like riches. In exchange, the owner or master, must care for the ghost and find a new home before dying. The hantu Raya is frequently passed down from generation to generation because of this.
When its ‘master’ dies without untying its bond with the ghost, the owner will suffer tremendously while dying. The hantu Raya will then assume the shape of its previous owner while cruising the streets at night looking for food and a new home.
According to another legend, if the owner does not break their relationship with the spirit, it will ‘live forever’. The haunted spirit will suffer and, like a zombie, turn into a living corpse. As for now, no one knows how to get rid of a hantu Raya , so if any of you do, please do not hesitate to be in touch! Until then, keep your fingers crossed that your family does not give you a ghost for your birthday.
Where to find them Who knows, really? These ones can turn up at a fancy restaurant or even your next party pretending to be someone else.
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9 Haunted Locations In Malaysia For The Horror Enthusiast
In November 2017 I had the privilege of taking a personally guided tour with Zahren and Josh from Unseen Tours around the streets of KL. Having visited the downtown area before, I was amazed at the amount of detail I’d missed. My tour navigated back streets, heritage buildings, political history (In a nerd) and the scenes of alleged ghost sightings, as well as filling me in on life on the streets of KL from the perspective of two people who’ve lived on them. I enjoyed every minute of my 2.5 hours, which was all very walkable, and visited spots most tourists would miss. I recommend flat shoes, an umbrella (to fend off rain and sun), water and lots of questions. Zahren was charming, witty and genuine. No question was too dumb. This guy knows his stuff! Best of luck with this venture, guys. Hope to see you again next time I’m in KL.”
Few buildings and locations in Kuala Lumpur are reportedly haunted by mystical beings and spiritual presence. Many urban legends have sprung up from these places, with numerous people claiming to have witnessed unusual activity, experienced hair-raising incidents, or even possessed by spirits themselves. If you’re a thrill-seeker looking for somewhere creepy to explore, or if you’re a skeptical tourist who wants to have a different perspective of KL City, we have the best walking tour designed for you.
Distance: About 3.5 kilometers
Tour Guide / Conductor Language: English / Bahasa Malaysia / Chinese / Japanese Estimated Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes Child-friendly: No Refreshments Included: Bottled Water Price: RM85
The 25 greatest ghost films
Posted: November 22, 2023 | Last updated: November 22, 2023
M. Night Shyamalan became an overnight filmmaking sensation with his "I see dead people" sleeper hit, "The Sixth Sense." It was a simple ghost story imparted with supreme confidence — the low-key, gather-round-the-campfire antidote to the artless CG excess of Jan de Bont's horrid adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting." When it comes to spinning a good, ghostly yarn, the build's the thing. Setting, characterization, atmosphere...get your audience to hang on every word. Fire the imagination and then spring the trap. That's what the following filmmakers did in these exquisite tales of the paranormal. Even "Hausu" required setup.
The greatest of all cinematic ghost stories, and one of the greatest films period, is Kenji Mizoguchi’s fable about an ambitious potter (Masayuki Mori) who is persuaded by the spirit of a deceased noblewoman (Machiko Kyo) to leave his wife and child. He does so for a time, and then upon realizing his folly, he returns home to his family where he unexpectedly encounters another ghost. Mizoguchi’s masterpiece is an exquisitely directed yet profoundly simple meditation on greed and kindness that will resonate so long as men stubbornly succumb to their worst impulses.
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"The Shining" (1980)
Speaking of men succumbing to their worst impulses, here’s the none-too-cheery story of Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), an author who, seeking isolation as the winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, finds madness instead. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s bestseller makes early use of the steadicam to thrust the viewer into the vast emptiness of the hotel, where the ghosts of a previous caretaker’s murdered family await. If you’re making a list of the creepiest specters in film history, no one would argue if you placed the Grady twins right at the top.
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"The Changeling" (1980)
Peter Medak’s horror classic stars George C. Scott as a grieving widower who moves into a creepy old Victorian mansion that harbors a sinister secret. Unlike its 1980s genre-mates “Poltergeist” or “The Entity," there are no flashy visual effects or grisly scenes of face-shredding terror. Medak hooks the viewer with an atmosphere of quiet menace occasionally punctuated by bumps and creaks and the inexplicable appearance of a toy ball. It’s a masterful haunted house yarn that evidently gives Martin Scorsese nightmares, so proceed with caution!
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"The Sixth Sense" (1999)
What if the ghost in the ghost story doesn’t know he’s a ghost? M. Night Shyamalan’s haymaker of a twist ending turned his third feature into a word-of-mouth blockbuster in the summer of 1999, earning the writer-director comparisons to such master storytellers as Rod Serling and Steven Spielberg. Though the script would’ve worked regardless of casting, the presence of then megastar Bruce Willis completely threw the audience off the scent; no one could’ve guessed that he was one of the dead people haunting Haley Joel Osment’s every waking moment.
Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s J-horror masterpiece is a deliberately paced nightmare machine of a movie in which ghosts are faintly viewable via webcam. It’s the first haunted internet movie, but it’s so much more than its gimmick; it’s a meditation on loneliness, which posits that the afterlife — neither heaven nor hell — may just be a horrifying loop of agony. And maybe that’s what we deserve. Kurosawa’s contempt for the World Wide Web felt curmudgeonly 18 years ago, but in terms of the communication system’s ironically isolating effect on society, he seems downright prophetic today.
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"The Haunting" (1963)
This is the Cadillac of haunted house movies and arguably still the scariest. Robert Wise is on fire in this movie, making skillful use of the widescreen frame (with brand spanking new anamorphic 30mm lenses) to enhance the claustrophobic horror of being stuck in a paranormally distressed mansion. His amazing cast (particularly Julie Harris, Claire Bloom and Russ Tamblyn) sells the largely unseen terror with a broadness that could’ve easily teetered over into parody with the wrong director. Mike Flanagan’s 2018 loose take on Shirley Jackson’s novel for Netflix is well worth checking out, too, but this is how it’s done.
"The Entity" (1982)
The prolific and occasionally brilliant Sidney J. Furie hit a home run with this unnerving account of a single mother (Barbara Hershey) who believes she’s being sexually assaulted by a malevolent spirit. Her psychiatrist (Ron Silver) steadfastly refuses to buy this explanation, but when a team of parapsychologists gets involved, the impossible turns out to be the irrefutable truth. Hershey gives a fierce performance as a woman driven to the brink of madness by the refutation of her victimhood.
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Steven Spielberg staged a great big haunted house movie in the heart of mundane suburbia, and every person who grew up with a fear of thunderstorms or a scary looking tree outside the window or, god forbid, a creepy clown doll has been battling nightmares ever since. Pretty much every childhood phobia is exploited in the Tobe Hooper-directed movie, while the blasé parenting of baby boomers is lightly skewered.
"A Chinese Ghost Story" (1987)
This gonzo wuxia classic from the glory days of Hong Kong cinema isn’t much in the scares department, but it’s a hugely influential work from the great Tsui Hark that, for whatever reason, isn’t as celebrated as other films of that era. Leslie Cheung plays a hapless debt collector who, while spending the night in a haunted temple, falls in love with a beautiful ghost (Joey Wang) enslaved by the evil Tree Devil. It’s a thrilling film stuffed with wacky ideas and set pieces, most of which work far better than they should (including Wu Ma cast as a master swordsman who raps the “Tao Te Ching”).
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Masaki Kobayashi’s supernatural anthology certainly lives up to its title’s translation (“Ghost Stories”), though probably not in the manner Western audiences expect. The filmmaker’s deliberate, contemplative approach to these stories is formal in the extreme; he’s not telling tales so much as reflecting on their meaning to Japanese culture (where they’re all very well-known). At three hours, it’s a demanding sit for audiences primed to pick up their smartphones every other minute, but if you rid your living room of devices and give yourself over to Kobayashi’s superlative craftsmanship, you’ll find the eerie sights and slithering deep under your skin.
"Spirited Away" (2001)
Hayao Miyazaki’s enchanting masterwork concerns a young girl’s journey through the spiritual world of a fantastical hot-springs bathhouse. Of the many odd apparitions she meets along the way, the most memorable is a masked ghost known as No-Face, who has a peculiar habit of consuming other characters. Perhaps more than any other work in his impressive oeuvre, “Spirited Away” drifts along to a gentle dream logic; it’s a miraculous film of constant discovery that speaks to something curious and ineffable inside all of us.
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"The Legend of Hell House" (1973)
The definitive, gore-and-orgy-packed version of Richard Matheson’s terrifying tome — “the scariest haunted house novel ever written,” according to Stephen King – has yet to be made, but John Hough’s briskly paced take on the material (adapted by Matheson) capably hits most of the horrifying highs. Clive Revill stars as a physicist who hunkers down with a small group of spiritually sensitive individuals in what is reputed to be the most haunted house in the world. They confirm this fairly quickly and spend the rest of the film simply trying to survive. It’s a good movie, but read the book first (preferably during a week when you don’t need much sleep).
"The Innocents" (1961)
Henry James’ subtly chilling “The Turn of the Screw” is such a perfectly unadorned narrative that many filmmakers mistakenly feel the need to amp it up with jump scares or sex. The best adaptation to date is still Jack Clayton’s “The Innocents," which stars Deborah Kerr as the governess charged with the care of two children (Martin Stephens and Pamela Franklin) at what turns out to be a deeply haunted mansion. Clayton provides a little more backstory than is present in James’ novel, but he generally stays true to the narrative that’s been unnerving readers for over a century.
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"The Others" (2001)
Alejandro Amenábar followed up his mesmerizing “Open Your Eyes” with this chilling slow-burn of a ghost story starring Nicole Kidman as a mother of two young children who begins to suspect their house is occupied by apparitional “others." The film’s hook is that the kids are photosensitive, which necessitates that the house remain in a state of candlelit darkness. Amenábar is clearly riffing on “The Turn of the Screw," and his twist ending suggests he might’ve been gunning for a concluding wallop akin to “The Sixth Sense." He doesn’t quite land it, but the mood’s the thing and it’s unremittingly eerie.
"The Conjuring" (2013)
Two years after scoring a haunted house hit with “Insidious," James Wan doubled down on the genre with this go-for-the-jugular scare-fest based on a real-life paranormal investigation undertaken by Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). Wan is at the height of his fright-inducing powers, as he places inventive new spins on old chestnuts like the creepy basement and the antique wardrobe. (In this case, it’s not what’s inside but what’s on top.) The blockbuster has inspired not just a franchise but also a horror universe at Warner Bros., but thus far, the returns have been greatly diminished.
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No one expected much from a schmaltzy paranormal romance directed by one-third of the creative team behind “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun," but Bruce Joel Rubin’s achingly sincere screenplay and the powerfully erotic chemistry generated by Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore transformed this midsummer programmer into the top grossing film of 1990. It’s a clever love story/whodunit combo in which Swayze attempts to solve his own murder from beyond the grave with the help of a crabby medium (Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg), and Jerry Zucker balances all of these elements with stunning ease. He gets away with two tear-jerking reunions in the last 20 minutes! Why he decided to quit filmmaking after his follow-up, “First Knight," flopped is a frustrating Hollywood mystery.
"The Devil's Backbone" (2001)
Guillermo del Toro’s Spanish Civil War ghost story takes place at an orphanage fearful of an uncertain future, symbolized by the massive, unexploded bomb embedded in its courtyard. A new arrival (Fernando Tielve) to the estate is given the bed of a boy who has perished and is said to haunt the orphanage. Del Toro generally opts for the somber, understated tone of “The Innocents” and “The Changeling"; he prefers slow-building dread and the terror of the unseen to easy jolts. He worked a lushly romantic variation on this aesthetic with the hugely underrated “Crimson Peak” (which makes a perfect double feature with Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca”), but “The Devil’s Backbone” leaves the deeper groove. It’s a sad film that resonates all too palpably today as a new generation of traumatized children is separated from their parents.
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"The Frighteners" (1996)
Peter Jackson’s first studio film flopped at the box office, but this restlessly imaginative horror-comedy stands as a worthy companion to “Ghostbusters." Michael J. Fox stars as a paranormally attuned conman who teams with three ghostly accomplices to stage bogus exorcisms. Fox’s skills wind up proving vital when the spirit of a deceased mass murderer begins knocking off the living to up his body count. Jackson careens from juvenile comedy to blood-curdling horror with such abandon that you expect him to eventually literally lose the plot. Instead, he wraps up the film with a brilliantly edited hospital sequence that might be the best thing the Academy Award-filmmaker has ever done.
What sounded like a lazy “Saturday Night Live” sketch or, worse, a retread of a so-so Bob Hope/Paulette Goddard vehicle wound up being a lightning-in-a-bottle smash that dominated the 1984 box office. The key to the film’s success, aside from Bill Murray being Bill Murray, is that it’s legitimately frightening when it needs to be. Ivan Reitman’s movie opens with a sensational scare in the New York Public Library and scatters a series of massive jumps throughout (courtesy of a crack ILM visual f/x team that included John Bruno and Richard Edlund). Even people who hate horror movies rushed out to see “Ghostbusters." Save for “The Frighteners”, there hasn’t been anything like it since.
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"House on Haunted Hill" (1959)
William Castle’s finest hour and 15 minutes stars Vincent Price in fiendishly fine form as a millionaire who baits five financially struggling schemers with the promise of $10,000 if they can hack it out for one night in a haunted house. Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Ennis House serves as the exterior for the mansion, which gives the low-budget film a flair it might’ve otherwise lacked. Castle enticed audiences with the “Emergo” gimmick, which involved little more than a skeleton being flung out at the audience during a climactic scene. It worked. The movie was a huge hit and holds up well today with or without a plastic skeleton (as does William Malone’s 1999 remake).
This wackadoodle horror-comedy melange makes “A Chinese Ghost Story” look like “The Innocents." When the Japanese film studio Toho asked writer-director Nobuhiko Obayashi in the mid-1970s to make a movie akin to “Jaws," he hit up his 12-year-old daughter, Chigumi, for ideas. This is how we were blessed with the story of seven schoolgirls — with names like Gorgeous, Fantasy and Kung Fu — who make the ill-fated mistake of dropping by a carnivorous house. You might say it’s “Little Red Riding Hood” on acid, but, really, it’s a fever dream of a whole lot of stuff on acid. And it’s an exhilaratingly great trip.
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"Carnival of Souls" (1962)
Herk Harvey’s massively influential ghost story is an early triumph of American independent cinema and a testament as to what a talented director with a unique vision can pull off on a shoestring budget. This tale of a woman who takes a job as an organist in Salt Lake City after mysteriously surviving a car accident in Kansas isn’t terribly suspenseful; the twist ending should be clear to anyone paying attention. But that’s not the point. It’s the dreamlike atmosphere that gradually curdles into a doozy of a nightmare that keeps the viewer transfixed.
"Personal Shopper" (2016)
The idea of spending most of a film in an empty apartment with a celebrity’s personal shopper might sound positively tedious, but Olivier Assayas’ 2016 triumph turns this premise into a stylishly strange and unconventionally eerie ghost story. Kristen Stewart is spellbinding as a young woman who, when she’s not picking up or returning impossibly glamorous clothing for her supermodel employer, is keen to make contact with the spirit of her recently departed twin brother. As bizarre, unexplained phenomena begin occurring in Stewart’s life, Assayas ratchets up the suspense in wholly unexpected ways.
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"A Ghost Story" (2017)
Casey Affleck plays an actual ghost under a sheet with two eyeholes poked out — just like a child’s Halloween costume — in David Lowery’s unusually moving story of grief and closure...or something along those lines. Lowery sidesteps thematic clarity by turning Affleck’s journey into a time travel story narrative of sorts, at which point you’re wondering if the film is going to turn into a spook-laden riff on “Primer." The film winds up being defiantly inscrutable, but, emotionally, you’re deeply invested. It’s such a wonderfully screwy movie.
"The Ring" (2002)
The very rare Hollywood remake that improves on its foreign inspiration, Gore Verbinski’s “The Ring” amps up the terror of Hideo Nakata’s 1998 film by prioritizing mood over narrative coherence (whether that was the intent, and the number of rewrites done on the screenplay would suggest it was not). The Pacific Northwest setting and Samara’s freaky equine influence add two layers of creepiness absent from Nakata’s movie (the ferry scene is incredibly disturbing), while the open-ended conclusion is, thematically, far more intriguing. As for Samara vs. Sadako, they’re both utterly terrifying.
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