Without peak hour traffic and the heat from the sun, driving at night has its perks. But, less-travelled roads can be scary at night.
The lack of other commuters and the darkness of the night can only serve to heighten fear and cause imaginations to run wild with these haunted roads in Singapore. This is especially so during the Hungry Ghost Festival period which starts from the month of August.
For the faint-hearted, here are seven roads you should absolutely avoid during this time of year. However, if you’re feeling fearless, you might want to add these haunted roads in Singapore to the list of places to visit. Whichever you choose, it’s best to be tactful and respect the cultures followed here, lest it might bring unwanted events.
1. Lim Chu Kang Road
A lengthy, straight and remote road away from civilisation, this road could be repurposed as a temporary runway for the Republic of Singapore Air Force. It is also no wonder that Lim Chu Kang Road is a hotspot for illegal drag racing.
Just hundreds of metres from where the loud fancy cars duke it out with each other lies numerous cemeteries which line the sides of the road.
Leading to mostly farms and industrial areas, this road tends to be deserted and tranquil on most nights. The foliage around the area only adds to the sinister atmosphere, toying with your uneasiness that something eerie might just happen. There have been various accounts of other-worldly encounters. These range from taxi drivers picking up non-human passengers who vanish the moment they step out, to drivers seeing spirits at the numerous bus stops along the road.
2. Punggol Road
One of the newer residential areas in Singapore, Punggol has been extensively developed into a waterfront town in the recent years. It is now littered with many food and beverage establishments, one of which is Punggol Settlement.
Punggol Road is a narrow two-way road, which leads to the furthest end of Punggol, Punggol Beach. Punggol Beach is one of the sites in which the Sook Ching massacre took place during the Second World War. It was when Japanese soldiers executed hundreds of Chinese civilians.
Human remains have since been found on Punggol Beach back in the 90s. Despite the development in this area, the dark past looms over Punggol Road. Anyone who has tried cycling down this road at night would attest to its sinister atmosphere. It is undoubtedly one of the scariest roads to travel alone in Singapore.
3. Old Upper Thomson Road
Long before the Singapore Grand Prix was held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, there was the Thomson Road Circuit from the 1960s to 70s. It was a street circuit that consists of the old and new Upper Thomson Road.
Filled with challenging sections with menacing names like ‘Devils Bend’ and ‘Murder Mile’, it was notorious for claiming seven lives during the 11 years of the Singapore Grand Prix held there.
Even in the more recent times, the road continued to claim lives. Around 10 years ago, two polytechnic students lost their lives when the car they were in crashed on Old Upper Thomson Road. Its dark past with the stories of cabbies picking up passengers who pay with ‘hell notes’ and claims of ghostly sightings, certainly makes this road spooky.
4. Mount Pleasant Road
Branching out from Thomson Road, Mount Pleasant Road is a narrow windy road, which connects to Bukit Timah. It is situated in the vicinity of the former Bukit Brown Cemetery as well as the Old Police Academy. These locations are often mentioned in hair-raising horror stories.
According to urban legends, when driving through this road at night, the smell of Frangipanis might seep into the car, signifying that a Pontianak (a female ghost in Malay mythology) is around. A brief search online would bring up stories of an encounter with a floating lady in red on this road, scary! Like Punggol Beach, this was also one of the sites where the Sook Ching massacre took place during the Second World War.
It seems like Mount Pleasant Road isn’t as pleasant as its name suggests after all. If you do travel there and encounter the smell of Frangipanis, pray hard for enough horses under your hood and grippy tyres.
5. Yio Chu Kang Road
One of Singapore’s longest roads, spanning from Serangoon to Thomson Road is often the subject of supernatural encounters. A story has been circulating online of a driver who encountered an accident when avoiding a non-existent ‘cyclist’ who vanished along the Road.
A ‘Phuah Pak Tiong Road’ (Plantation Avenue) branches off from Yio Chu Kang Road, which was a cemetery used by Tan Tock Seng Hospital before the Second World War. It was also the location where the body of kidnapped and brutally murdered ‘Biscuit King’ Lee Gee Chong was found.
Nowadays, Yio Chu Kang Road snakes through various neighbourhoods and is no longer as secluded as before. However, its troubled past and the eerie recounts still make it one of the creepiest roads.
6. Tampines Road
Anyone who has travelled on this road would have noticed how narrow and uneven it is. As such, it is extremely dangerous to be driving here at night.
Many freak accidents have occurred on this stretch of road. In 2015 a truck was smashed by a piling machine being transported by a flatbed trailer. And earlier, in 2014, two girls lost their lives after a night out partying when their car lost control.
Tampines Road is also often mentioned in variations of the story of taxi drivers picking up other-worldly beings. The numerous temples, which line this road are said to have been constructed to ward off the evil spirits. There is no doubt that this is a road to avoid if you are not the thrill-seeking kind.
7. South Buona Vista Road
Car enthusiasts would probably know this road as Gao Zhup Gao Wan or ’99 bends’. It is a twisty stretch of road made up of a series of sharp, banked hairpin turns with varying elevation, which makes it a tricky road to navigate. A narrow two-way road with challenging turns, driving recklessly and carelessly here would be a risky move that might get you into accidents.
It is also located in close proximity to Opium Hill (Bukit Chandu), the site of a fierce battle against Japanese troops during the war. Its dark past adds to the spooky factor of this ominous stretch of road surrounded by thick and tall trees.
By Goh Zhi Xuan, SGCarMart.com / Last updated by Jasia Shamdasani
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