Old Changi Hospital

Old Changi Hospital, Singapore
Old Changi Hospital, Singapore

An abandoned hospital. A former military compound where until the mid 70's you'd have to surrender your passport. Site of mass executions during Japanese oppression and apparently the most haunted place in Singapore. We are at 24 Halton Road, Changi Village. Actually this is just a few meters away from our former home and the white washed building towering behind our backyard that tends to mysteriously glows in the dark has always fascinated us. It's off limits, the tropical climate taking its toll after decades of neglect taking its toll and the place is not really safe to walk in without knowing what you are doing. If you research Old  Changi Hospital you will find a lot of ghost stories, tales of of torture and I have to admit that looking up to the hospital on our way home we couldn't help feeling a chill. Don't try to enter, there's security guards, fences and motion sensors. About three years ago a local blogger started to partner with the Singapore Land Authority to explore places like the Changi Hospital and we desperately tried to get a slot but no avail. Finally this year we learned that there's another tour and we managed to secure a precious slot to learn about and explore this place. I wouldn't be able to explain the history of this place as well as Jerome Lim so please check out his blog here. Basically the hospital started as a Royal Airforce Hospital in the 1930s as an adding to the fortifications in Changi that were meant to defend Singapore from attacks from the sea. Close by Changi Village you find a replica of the massive canons installed to defend Singapore (Johor Battery). During the Second World War the Japanese occupied the area and used it for POW. This is were it gained a reputation as a place of torture and while the Japanese certainly committed unspeakable crimes in Singapore the reputation the hospital got over the years is probably unfounded. After the war it continued to serve as a hospital until 1997 when it was merged with another hospital and finally abandoned. Some of the barracks have been converted into a hotel but most of the place is still left abandoned, towering above Changi Village, glowing in the dark. And if I wouldn't be sure that the shrieking and wailing at night would come from the nursing home opposite form our former home ... Make sure you're home after dark.