Brave Malaysia’s Most Haunted Destinations
It is often said that you shouldn’t dabble with what is unseen. You never know what terrifying creatures may be following you around and watching you sleep at night! *goosebumps* As such, summoning, taunting or speaking ill of them is highly taboo.
This does not, however, stop courageous and thrill-seeking ghost hunters from visiting haunted places in hopes of making contact with someone or something from another world. Wherever you’re headed, the most gripping places to explore are often with the most frightening pasts. Here are a few in Malaysia!
1. Karak Highway
The Story: One of Malaysia’s most haunted places 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 directed out of eyewitness stories.
What you may 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 and 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.
2. Villa Nabila
The Story: For most of us, a dream house would be a quiet one that faces the sea. Look no further, but explore at your own peril, the very famous Villa Nabila in Johor. It is said that a jealous maid took the lives of a wealthy family that once lived in the villa in order to inherit their heirloom. Their bodies were buried somewhere in the compound but were never found.
The villa is so popular for being haunted that a movie titled “Villa Nabila” was filmed.
What you may encounter: Beware, you may just leave with one less or one more in your party! Just don’t go missing like this silly boy, though . As with most haunted beings in Malaysia, a lady dressed in white might be part of your sightings too!
Address: Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Straits View, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
3. Shih Chung Branch School
The Story: Located near Lebuh Farquhar, this school was turned into a military administrative building during the Japanese Occupation, where people were tortured to their deaths. Currently, the school is buried in full forest bloom, a perfect setting for the Taiwanese horror movie filmed at the spot.
What you may experience: According to many, the sight of this building has been said to be so creepy that even driving past it sends shivers down your spine. 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, Malaysia
4. 99 Door-Mansion at Nibong Tebal
The Story: Hidden in a quiet corner of a palm-oil plantation in Nibong Tebal is a ninety-nine door mansion. 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. With such violence, curses and paranormal activities in its history, it’s no wonder that it became such a haunted ground!
What you’ll experience: The area is known to be the perfect place for black magic. Some locals report having heard inhuman growls and unexplained sounds coming from the surrounding areas of the building. *shudders*
Locals will not stay within the area past sundown for fear of meeting eye to eye with one of the witch doctor’s evil spirits. They’re said to be cursed, and a few have even encountered possessions. Investigators have also reported feeling overwhelmed by an evil presence, fleeing even before carrying out their investigations.
**You might chance upon the elusive 100th door, one that leads to the spiritual world! Or at least, that’s what they say.
Address: GPS: 5.17569, 100.45625. Jalan Byram, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang
5. Maxwell Hill, Taiping
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’ll experience: Unexplained loud thuds on the doors, footsteps and an eerie presence. Some have even reported feeling that they have been ‘touched’ by something they cannot see.
How to get there: It located in Perak, near a town called Taiping, roughly between Ipoh and Penang. 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.
6. Pulau Jerejak, Penang
The Story: This once exclusive prison, like many others around the world, has its share of inhumane treatment and horrific deaths stories. Built to house the most hardcore criminals, it is isolated from the public by shark-infested waters. Those who attempted to escape were eaten alive.
What you’ll encounter: Fishermen and visitors have reported numerous sightings of spirits unable to find their peace after suffering an unwilling departure from this world. Stepping foot in the area will also shroud you in an unsettling aura – this place is not one for the faint-hearted.
How to get there: Head to the Penang Island Jerejak Resort Jetty () at Persiaran Bayan Indah in Penang. You’ll need to purchase a ticket (RM25.00 for adults) for a return trip.
7. Jalan Turi, Kuala Lumpur
The Story: In 1992, the murder of two American kids of Indian descent and their maid made headlines in the newspapers. A 25 year old security guard was arrested to assist in investigations, only to uncover that he had murdered the victims and hidden their bodies in the sewage tank behind the house.
Location of the sewage tank behind the house
What You May 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, Malaysia
8. Victoria Institution
The Story: The school was known to be the location of many ruthless tortures and deaths during the Japanese Occupation. After the school regained possession, students experienced hauntings, from doppelgangers to marching Japanese soldiers. As a general rule of thumb, old buildings are usually haunted and Victoria Institution was built in 1893!
What You May Experience: There are various hauntings experienced by different people in a few places around the school. You might see a black figure on top of the clock tower which is a sighting that’s common amongst students, a dead body hanging on one of the toilet doors or even a mysterious girl hanging around on her own. It’s like a carnival of hauntings!
Address: Jalan Hang Tuah, 55200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
9. Mona Fandey’s “Aeroplane” House
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 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.
How Mazlan Idris was chopped up
What You May Experience: When a person leaves the world, nothing of their possession in this world is taken with them. Mona Fandey’s creatures were no exception. Upon her and her husband’s departure, the products of her years of practicing black magic remained in her home.
Address: Aeroplane Bungalow (Mona Fendy’s house), Behind Leisure Point, Cheras.
10. Bukit Tunku
The Story: An upmarket area in Kuala Lumpur and a place where Tunku Abdul Rahman called home, one would least expect this place to have anything sinister or paranormal to its name. But as an abandoned mansion, the assumption that the area is ‘clean’ would almost be ridiculous.
What You May Experience: Some residents claim to have seen a ghost rider taking a joyride around in the middle of the night, only to disappear around a bend. There have also been sightings of the regular ‘resident’ ghosts – pocong, pontianak and their fellow friends.
Address: Bukit Tunku, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Most Haunted Places In Malaysia
Many of these haunted places in Malaysia seem to have similar traits – a hotspot for black magic practices or a site for tragic deaths. It all boils down to human activity. What living human beings do often affects ourselves more than spirits on the other plane!
At the end of the day, the supernatural exist for the same reason as we do – to serve their purpose. Like us, they do not like to be disturbed. Thus, no matter how superstitious you may be, if you should ever find yourself dwelling in their areas, show them the utmost respect.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that means knocking before entering and saying ‘thank you’ before leaving.