List of reportedly haunted locations

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This is a list of reportedly haunted locations throughout the world, that are haunted by ghosts or other supernatural beings, including demons. Reports of haunted locations are part of ghostlore, which is a form of folklore.

Argentina[edit]

  • Cinco Saltos in Río Negro has been reported to have a number of ghosts, most of them the result of witchcraft.[1] In 2009, an intact corpse of an 8–12 year old girl who had died in the 1930s was found in a cemetery ossuary.[2]

Australia[edit]

  • Ararat Lunatic Asylum, or Aradale, is the largest abandoned lunatic asylum in Australia. Opened in 1867, Aradale was reserved for many of the incurable mental patients in Victoria during the 1800s. An estimated 13,000 people died here during 140 years of operation.
  • Thirteen people were executed at the Ballarat Jail in Ballarat. The remains of seven criminals are still on the grounds. The Ballarat Ghost Tours operate nightly.[4]
  • Beechworth Lunatic Asylum in Beechworth, Victoria is reportedly haunted by several ghosts of departed patients. Open from 1867 to 1995, it has appeared in several books, television shows, and documentaries, including A.C.T. Paranormal. Ghost tours run nightly.[5]
  • Brisbane City Hall in Brisbane, Australia has several stories of deaths spanning the eras before and after its construction. During construction, workmen were said to have died while laying the foundations, which were on top of a former swamp. It is also said that the area was once a significant Aboriginal site – either a meeting place or campground. One story relates the death of a maintenance man, or lift attendant, who either fell to his death down the lift well or was crushed by the lift – this story likely results from a suicide from the clock tower that occurred in 1935.(Haunts Of Brisbane) Another story claims an American soldier was stabbed to death during World War II, after a fight over an Australian girl turned ugly. Staff have reported the sounds of an argument from the Red Cross Tea Room, and there are many reports of sounds and unusual activity in the areas surrounding these deaths. A third story claims the apparition of a woman is regularly seen traversing the main stairs in the lobby, and to look out over the foyer – a story which likely results from another suicide from City Hall's Clock Tower in 1937, although recent photos of the stairwell exhibit a possible apparition.(Haunts Of Brisbane)
  • Dreamworld is a theme park in Coomera, Queensland. One building inside the grounds of the theme park, where the reality television series Big Brother Australia is produced, has been reported to be haunted since the show's start in 2001. Numerous production staff claim to have witnessed the presence of a young girl, as well as a child's voice and fog appearing late at night and early in the morning. In addition, since the Buzzsaw ride was built in the 2011, there have been sightings of a ghost called Jack Darke, who has been claimed to have been killed by a buzzsaw. It is also rumored that the Buzzsaw is built on a burial ground.[6]
  • The Princess Theatre in Melbourne has reported several ghosts since the building opened in 1886. The theatre's best known "inhabitant" is Frederick Baker, whose stage name was Frederick Federici, a talented bass-baritone singer who died in March 1888 whilst singing the role of Mephistopheles in Faust – and who was seen by the rest of the cast taking his bows with them shortly thereafter. For years the theater kept a seat vacant in the dress circle for Federici (only ceasing the practice on economic grounds), and his appearance in the dress circle during rehearsals for a new show is considered a good omen.[10]
  • Whepstead House in Wellington Point, Queensland is rumoured to have a number of ghosts: Gilbert Burnett's wife Martha who spreads the scent of lavender perfume; the daughter of Gilbert and Martha, who apparently disappeared without a trace; Gilbert & Martha's son who had a withered leg and haunts the stairwell; and the ghost of an elderly servant who is seen around the house in a bowler's hat and suit. While no historical basis has been found for any of these stories, the house itself acted as a private hospital for a number of decades, during which time over a dozen people passed away. It is considered likely that the building's haunted atmosphere and unusual events result from this period of use.[11]
  • Victoria Park Railway Tunnel in Brisbane, Australia played host to one of Brisbane's most famous ghost sightings in 1965, after a group of local children overheard rumors suggesting a ghost had been observed within the tunnel. The following night, the children crept down in the hope of spotting the apparition. One boy, lagging behind the rest of the group as they passed through the tunnel, was apparently accosted by a misty green, limbless, headless apparition that seemed to materialise from the wall of the tunnel. Seemingly mesmerised by the spectre, the boy was dragged by his friends to the nearby Royal Brisbane Hospital, who feared he had been possessed by the ghost. The ensuing tale, as related by the children to hospital staff, made sensational newspaper headlines the next day, and within a short time thousands of local residents were lining both sides of the tunnel in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the ghost. The week following, the Victoria Park ghost became the major talking point of Brisbane, and numerous suggestions to its identity were put forward, although the spectre may very well have resulted from one of the numerous suicides that took place in Victoria Park in previous years.[12]

Barbados[edit]

  • Chase Vault is a burial vault in the cemetery of the Christ Church Parish Church in Oistins, Christ Church, Barbados best known for a widespread but unverified legend of "mysterious moving coffins". According to the story, each time the heavily sealed vault was opened in the early 19th century for burial of a family member, all of the lead coffins had changed position. The facts of the story are unverified, and sceptics call the tale "historically dubious." The tale appears to have originated from anecdotes told by Thomas H. Orderson, Rector of Christ Church during the 1800s, and subsequently repeated in James Edward Alexander's 1833 Transatlantic Sketches.[13][14][15][16][17][18][19]

Brazil[edit]

  • The Joelma Building in São Paulo is allegedly haunted by victims of the fire that started on February 1, 1974, after an air conditioning unit on the twelfth floor overheated; centered on the "Mystery of the Thirteen Souls", individuals who died within an elevator as they were trying to escape the fire, and are haunting the building today.[20]

Cambodia[edit]

A reportedly haunted house in Sihanoukville, Cambodia
  • In Sihanoukville, the Independence Hotel has been rumoured to be haunted by a poltergeist.[21]

Canada[edit]

China[edit]

  • The Buma Inn in Beijing has been reported to have a ghost walking throughout corridors looking for the chef that poisoned his food. The chef stabbed himself on the same evening of the poisoned patron's death.[22][23]
  • The Forbidden City, located in the heart of Beijing and home to the Palace Museum, where many visitors and workers have claimed to have seen ghosts, such as a group of ladies-in-waiting or eunuchs walking by.[22]
  • The Great Wall of China has many reports of strange apparitions and the sounds of marching footsteps, from as reported by local tourists and employees. Many local villagers will not go up the wall alone, believing something very unfortunate will happen if they do. The TV series Destination Truth sent an expedition to spend the night investigating these supernatural reports near "The Wild Wall."[24]
  • The Huguan Huiguan Opera House was built in 1807, originally as a home for the poor. Supposedly built on top of an ancient graveyard, it is now a small opera house and museum holding regular performances. Legend has it that if a stone is thrown into the courtyard, a loud scolding will be heard, but no one will be seen.[25]
  • The Normandie Apartment, now the Wukang Mansion, in Shanghai, was named after the World War I warship Normandie, and was designed by the famous Hungarian architect Ladislav Hudec. Sounds of footsteps running up the stairs, loud voices from empty rooms, and even the sounds of breaking glass are rumoured to be heard from this apartment building. The seventh floor corner apartment is believed to be haunted by a former tenant, who supposedly was an actress who committed suicide by jumping out of the window.[22][26]
  • The Qiu Mansion was built by two brothers who were peasants turned millionaires during the beginning of the 20th century. They lived a lavish lifestyle with a garden around the mansion complete with peacocks, tigers, and crocodiles. During the prime of their life they both simply disappeared. Since then workers within the closed mansion complain of bizarre animal bites and sightings.[22]
  • The Tuen Mun Road is considered haunted, where many car accident deaths occur, said to be the result of drivers trying to avoid hitting ghosts that suddenly materialize in the middle of the road. Some drivers have reported to officers that they had lost complete control of their vehicle, as if someone else were driving.[22][27]
  • The Yun Shan Fan Dian hotel in Chengde is supposedly haunted with a man in western clothing and a woman in ancient Chinese imperial attire, who always lurk at the end of the eighth story corridor. There have been a few occasional sightings of others dressed in ancient Chinese clothing as well.[28]

Colombia[edit]

La Candelaria district in Bogotá: Is it the most haunted neighbourhood in Colombia?
  • La Candelaria is a neighbourhood in Bogotá famous not only for its old architecture and rich history, but also because of its reputation for being haunted.[29]
    • The Casa Sámano Museum used to belong to Juan Sámano, Viceroy of New Granada. Probably one of the most hated figures of Colombian history; in life he used to spit, step on and kick those he did not like, which he has continued doing in the afterlife.[30] Surveillance have felt steps on the second floor and doors which appear to open by themselves.[31]
    • The Gilberto Alzate Avendaño Foundation is reported to be haunted by the ghost of Viceroy José Manuel de Ezpeleta, nicknamed "The Green Jacket Ghost". Legend says the ghost used to knock three times on a wall on the second floor and then disappear.[30][32]
    • Gregario Vásquez de Arce y Ceballos House has the benevolent ghost of the owner, who appears in the basement and the patio, wearing a long black cape.[30]
    • The José Caicedo Rojas House, also known as The Goblin's Mansion, is haunted by a goblin named Baltazar. Legend says the goblin is the spirit of a newborn, who was thrown into the patio's well by his single mother, afraid of being burned at the stake under the laws of the Holy Office.[33]
    • The Jose Raimundo Russi House is where Manuelito Ferro was murdered in front of, with Russi being charged for the crime. Some neighbors have said they hear the screams of Ferro and the sound of his stabbings.[30][33]
    • The Juan Montúfar House has been a boarding house since colonial times, and is still run by Montúfar descendants. Students who have lived in the house have felt presences, steps in the middle of the night, and temperatures drastically dropping.[33]
    • Las Aguas Cloister is a former convent where people claim to hear noises and see shadows in the south-eastern patio, which the nuns used as a burial place.[32]
    • La Calle del Sol (The Street of the Sun) was built in 1917 as a lodge for a religious community, but became the headquarters for the Colombian Intelligence Service (now DAS) in 1945,[34] which was used to incarcerate and torture prisoners during La Violencia. Now an apartment complex, some residents report hearing screams, moans, laughs, punches and whippings, preceded by lights and strange fogs.[30] Some workers of a restaurant, also located on the dungeon's location, report toilets flushing by themselves, things changing position on their own, and an invisible force in the kitchen area which pats workers on their backs. Supposedly these are the souls of those who were tortured, or perhaps a witch who was the mother of one of those prisoners.[35]
    • The streets around the campus of La Salle University host the spectre of a vengeful woman who was rejected by a Spanish priest.[33]
    • Palomar del Príncipe Park is haunted by a blonde blue-eyed boy, who used to feed the doves 300 years ago, and who now appears at dawn. A legend says that those who are cruel to the doves will be tormented by the soul of the boy.[30]
    • The Rosa Florida House is haunted by General Sardá, who was loyal to Simón Bolívar, and who manifests himself with the sound of his boots stepping on the sidewalks.[30]
    • The Silva House of Poetry is where the famous poet José Asunción Silva committed suicide, shooting himself in the heart, in 1896. Visitors experience a feeling of sadness when they enter the house; moans and whispers are heard at night and dawn.[30]
    • On The South Western corner of 10th Street and Carrera 4 sits a house where legends say horrifying satanic rites took place in. In 1999, a local newspaper reported a security guard found a two-meter tall white human shape on the patio, when he was there alone.[33]
  • Bolívar Square: José Raimundo Russi was executed by fusillade here, and his ghost has been seen roaming the square, elegantly dressed but his face covered in blood.[32]
  • Lievano Palace: Bogotá City Hall. Typewriters operating by themselves, an unusually giant owl flying over the parking lot, and lights turning on and off are some of the phenomena reported.[36]
  • Seguros Bolívar Building: Located in the center of Bogotá, the ghost of a woman has been seen in the elevator.[37]
  • Tequendama Hotel: One of the most famous hotels in Bogotá, where some guests have seen a girl crying and singing in a corridor, followed by dramatic low temperatures.[38]
  • DAS Headquarters: A building in central Bogotá that was the target of a bombing in 1989, resulting in a significant number of deaths. Some of the victims of the attack still haunt this building, including a desperate blonde woman running in a corridor, a vanishing couple, a man in the parking lot and a strange presence on the terrace that makes dogs bark.[39]
  • Teusaquillo District: A state office where surveillance cameras have detected what appears to be the spectre of a boy running on one of the dependencies, who supposedly died there when the house was a kindergarten.[40]
  • San Juan de Dios Hospital: Abandoned since 2001, a nun has been seen wandering around the rooms, administering medicine, and paranormal activity in the morgue has been reported.[35]
  • Central Cemetery of Bogotá: Most of the paranormal activity comes from a place called "El Caracol", a spiral staircase leading to a mass grave of rapists, murderers, and those who commit suicide. Presences have also been felt around the presidential tombs and near Leo Siegfred Koop's grave.[35]
  • Chapinero District: An apartment building where, in 1986, Campo Elias Delgado killed his mother and six of his neighbours, before perpetrating what is known as The Pozzetto Massacre. At night, residents claim to hear screams and moans.[41]
  • Bogotá South Bus Terminal: A man and a red lady rumouredly haunt the terminal, even being detected by surveillance cameras. Many people have heard screams and strange sounds in the early morning hours. A possible explanation is the proximity to El Apogeo Cemetery.[42][43]
Marroquin Castle.
  • Marroquín Castle: A historic house built in 1904 on the lands of president José Manuel Marroquín near the town of Chía. The ghosts of a nun who worked there when the house was an asylum, two female patients who hanged themselves, and an extremely tall black lady, called "La Zancona", are some of presences that inhabit the location.[44][45]
  • Salto de Tequendama House: Located 5 kilometers south of Bogotá, near the Tequendama Falls, once a luxurious mansion and then a hotel, it was abandoned when the Bogotá River (which feeds the falls) started to become polluted. Now a place with a high rate of suicides, the spirits of those that take their own life now haunt the insides of the house and the surrounding areas.[46]
  • San Agustin Cloister, Tunja: A cloister built on 1578, this building was a convent, a hospital, a penitentiary and now harbors a public library. A legend which terrified locals for centuries tells about the spirit of a monk who lures people inside and attacks them; in 1912 the local bishop performed an exorcism so the monk would not appear anymore. Chains being dragged, laughs, children's moans and screams have been heard.[47]
  • Armero Ruins, Armero-Guayabal: A natural disaster destroyed this small city in November 1985, killing approximately 23,000. Many people say the spirits of those who perished are haunting in the ruins.[48]
  • University of Antioquia: The main campus was home of the Franciscan Community, which also built a school there. Many people have felt strange presences around the auditorium and the radio station. The ghost in the auditorium is presumed to be a monk, who some claim is a friar who worked there as the school's first principal.[49]
  • Normal Superior School of Medellín: Windows are opened and swings pushed by unseen forces, ghosts of monks, and shadows appearing on the dovecote are some of the phenomena reported by students.[50]
  • La Catedral: A short-lived prison, built to incarcerate Pablo Escobar. Now a monastery,[51] some priests and nuns report to have seen lights and to have felt eerie presences.[52]
  • National Police, Bucaramanga Headquarters: The radio station is haunted by a playful ghost who turns lights and water tapes on and off, opens doors, knocks on the station's windows, and plays with CD players. Some workers reported to have seen a tall, blonde figure, wearing a kepis, who seems to keep guard, but when chased, suddenly disappears. The building was where an officer committed suicide.[49]
  • Santa Lucía township, Tuluá: The ghost of Mireya Alpala, a 24 year old woman who was raped and quartered by AUC men, has appeared in the streets and creeks of the township at dawn.[41]
  • Central Cemetery of Palmira: A boy that sits on his grave has been seen by the guards.[53]
  • El Cerrito, Valle del Cauca: Guards of the cemetery report strange shadows.[53]
  • La Cascada neighborhood: In South Cali, in past years these houses were inhabited by drug traffickers who suffered violent deaths. Residents and security guards describe sounds of walking steps and chains being dragged.[49]
The Battle of Calibío, on 1814. On the background, Hacienda Calibío
  • Hacienda Calibío: A historic estate on the north side of Popayán, which hosted Simón Bolívar and was the sight of a battle between armies of Antonio Nariño and Juan Sámano. Guards have reported moans, whistles, chapel bells ringing and doors moving by themselves, as well as giant shadows and sudden attacks by unseen forces.[49] In 2013, there were media reports of a Miss Colombia contestant who was scared by a presence during a photo shoot on the estate.[54]
  • Manuel Varela House: Located in Ciénaga, an abandoned republican mansion, home to the infamous Manuel Varela, a physician who reportedly made a pact with the devil. The legend says that if Varela sacrificed a soul to the devil every year, the devil would raise his wealth, explaining why people related to Varela died or disappeared mysteriously. Witches, ghosts of workers, a gold-toothed black boy who smokes tobacco while riding a tricycle, and even the devil himself are said to haunt the mansion and its surrounding grounds.[55]
  • Naval Museum of the Caribbean: Located in Cartagena, has several legends associated with it. A tourist took a photograph of what seems to be the ghost of an old man, and a ship's wheel moving by itself are some of the occurrences in this place.[56]
  • Hospital General de Barranquilla: The ghost of a nun who worked there during the 1950s has been reported to walk around the maternity wing.[57][58]
  • La Alboraya Castle: Located in Barranquilla, La Alboraya is a house built 200 years ago. Neighbors state that a headless horseman comes from the house, and a boy dressed in a school uniform has been seen walking by himself at late hours around the house.[59][60]
  • Soledad, Atlántico: A house where a family was tormented by a series of unexplainable phenomena caused by a pyromaniac spirit. Walls ignited by themselves, strange faces and laughs seemed to come from nowhere, and a family member was possessed by the spirit of an indio. The phenomena stopped after some catholic rites were performed. The family blames a witch, with whom the family's stepfather had an affair.[60]

Czech Republic[edit]

  • Zvíkov Castle: Until 1597 there are stories about a Zvíkovský Rarášek (Rarach is a supernatural being common in Slavic folklore, similar to an imp or trickster) which haunts people in the ancient tower, Markomanka. This tower has stones engraved with unknown symbols, and was built during the Marcomanni rule over Bohemia, in the 1st century BC and 2nd century AD. It was integrated into Zvíkov castle hundreds of years later. Weird events occur here frequently, including weird photos, technical problems, unpredictable behaviour of animals, spontaneous extinguishing of fires, electromagnetic anomalies, and the presence of ghosts. In Czech media it's a popular subject of investigation. Other areas of the castle are also haunted; it is said to be dangerous to sleep in the main tower, with anyone who does dying within a year. Another monster common in Czech culture, fire hounds are also part of the myths surrounding the castle. It is said that these spectral dogs (in some accounts they are depicted with burning eyes) are guarding a hidden tunnel underneath Zvíkov.[61][62][63][64][65]

Denmark[edit]

Egypt[edit]

  • Baron Empain Palace: Tourists have reportedly heard voices throughout the palace late at night. Guards and police have reported seeing ghostly apparitions of people who were once residents of the palace, wandering the outside lawn at midnight.[28]
  • Farafra Desert: The ghost of Akhenaten is said to wander the Farafra Desert (also known as the White Desert) of Egypt, reported by dozens of tourists and nomads. Legend says this is because Akhenaten abolished the Egyptian gods when he become Pharaoh, angering the religious followers and priests of Egypt. Upon his death, the priests are believed to have cursed him to wander the deserts forever as punishment.[67]
  • Pyramids of Giza: A man in early 20th-century clothing has been seen by visitors, rumored to be the ghost of Howard Carter. Various employees and tourists have reported seeing an orb apparition of an Egyptian Pharaoh, floating away from the pyramids towards the Valley of the Kings.[28]
  • Valley of the Kings: Eyewitnesses have reported seeing the vision of an Egyptian Pharaoh in the Valley of the Kings, wearing his golden collar, headdress, and riding a fiery chariot with black phantom horses.[28]

France[edit]

The château de Châteaubriant, said to be haunted by the ghost of Françoise de Foix.
  • Château de Brissac: legend says that Jacques de Brézé caught his wife, Charlotte, with another man, and in a fit of rage murdered them both. Tourists have reported a sense of an eerie feeling, slight touches, ghostly sightings, and wailing throughout the halls.[68]
  • Château de Châteaubriant: this castle in Brittany is said to be haunted by the ghost of Françoise de Foix, a mistress of King Francis I. According to the legend, she was locked in her bed chambers by her husband, Jean de Laval-Châteaubriant, Governor of Brittany, jealous of her relationship with the King. She died on 16 October 1537, rumored to have been either poisoned or bled to death. Since then, there have been ghostly sightings at the château every 16 October at midnight.[69]
  • Château de Trécesson: among the various legends attached to this castle are those of the White lady, the Headless curate, the phantom card players and the Manoir du Pied d'Ânon.[70]
  • Château de Versailles: once home to the French royal family between 1682 and 1789, a few tourists and employees have reported seeing people in 18th-century clothing. There have also been sightings of the beheaded Queen Marie Antoinette, orbs and ghostly presences in tourists' photos, and descriptions of being touched by ghosts.[68]
  • Paris: The Catacombs of Paris are said to be haunted by strange orbs and human figures from different centuries. There have also been reports of voices being heard through the walls, and the feeling of a presence or a touch by someone not there.[68]
  • Père Lachaise Cemetery: the largest cemetery in Paris, France; it is the most visited cemetery in the world, and is said to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in Europe. Some people have experienced overwhelming shivers and a sense of unease, while others have experienced a feeling of calmness. Claims have been made of photos from visitors and investigators revealing orbs and ghostly apparitions.[68]

Germany[edit]

  • Berlin: The Reichstag building has been reported to be haunted by numerous ghosts of famous German political figures.[28]
  • Heidelberg: The Hexenturm Witches Tower and the Nazi Amphitheatre are both said to be haunted by various ghosts.[28]
  • Lichtenegg Castle: The ghost of a lady in a white dress is said to be seen standing in front of the entrance to the ruins at midnight. She will, usually, sit down on a flat rock covered with moss.[28]
  • Schloss Nordkirchen: The castle was built between 1703 and 1734. According to the legend, at full moon and on certain foggy nights, a few people have reported seeing a luxurious carriage with stallions running through the grounds.[28]
  • Wolfsegg, Bavaria, Wolfsegg Castle: This 14th-century castle was supposed to be a sanctuary for travellers . The folklore of this haunting originated from the 1500s, when Ulrich von Laaber hired two young farmers to kill his wife, Klara von Helfenstein, after discovering she was having an affair. Shortly thereafter, Ulrich and his sons also suddenly died. There have been reports of strange noises coming out of a cave area near the castle. Several expeditions into the cave, uncovering numerous animal skeletons, leading locals to decide the noises had come from hunters who were hiding their prey. While the cave noises might have been solved, this has not been the case of the haunting of the "White Woman" who is still restlessly making her rounds of the castle.[28]
  • Würzburg: There is supposedly the ghost a dead nun walking through the halls of Praemonstratenser Abbey. The ghost is said to be that of Maria Renata Von Mossau, accused of mixing herbs into everyone's food in order to bewitch them. The nun was taken to be executed only three days after her sentencing in court. She was first decapitated, and then burned and her ashes scattered. To this day, there are reports of her walking down the hallways and holding a bouquet of roses while picking off the petals, leaving a trail across the grounds.[28]

Hong Kong[edit]

  • Tuen Mun Road: An expressway in Hong Kong that has recorded an astounding number of road accidents since 1978. Drivers claim the accidents are due to ghosts who suddenly appear in front of cars, causing them to swerve violently.

India[edit]

  • Dumas Beach, Surat, Gujarat: As per Hindu tradition, the human body is burnt after death, and this beach is used by the local residents for that purpose. The tourists who visit this beach hear many voices, but cannot see anyone. These voices tell them to go back to where they have come from.[76]

Indonesia[edit]

The basement of the Building B of Lawang Sewu, a former prison. It is one of the rooms where ghost sightings have been reported.
  • Jeruk Purut Cemetery: A cemetery in Jakarta said to be haunted by the ghost of a decapitated pastor, which carries its head around with it, and is followed by a large black dog. The story was used as the inspiration for the 2006 film, Hantu Jeruk Purut.[77][78]
  • Lawang Sewu: Literally meaning a "thousand doors" in Javanese, it is a former Dutch colonial building located in Semarang, in central Java. Many ghost sightings have been reported here, including a ghost of a Dutch lady as well as headless ghouls. During one of the ghost hunting programs on television, a ghost was purportedly caught on camera.[79]
  • Pelabuhan Ratu: Legend says that Nyai Roro Kidul (Nyai is a Javanese honorific for Madame), the Queen of the South Sea and daughter of King Prabu Siliwangi, is supposed to have committed suicide by jumping off the cliff into the sea. Rumors say that if someone wears green when swimming (the Queen's favourite color), he or she will be pulled by her ghost into the sea. Room 308 at the Samudra Beach Hotel is set aside for the Queen's ghost.[80][81]

Ireland[edit]

  • Charles Fort: Haunted by a 17th-century bride known as "The White Lady of Kinsale".[82]
  • Drumbeg Manor in Inver, Donegal: Considered to be one of the most haunted places in all Europe. Apparitions and strange events are reported to have taken place within the manor, and on its grounds. Stories say that a screaming woman can be heard, as well as the appearance of a man in a white suit walking the halls.[84]
  • Ducketts Grove: The mansion was owned by the Duckett family for 300 years, and is said to be haunted by a Banshee Ghost. On March 17, 2011, the SyFy show Destination Truth featured a four-hour live investigation for the season finale to find out the mystery of the ruins.[85]
  • Kilmainham Gaol: This former prison has paranormal activities of lights which often turn themselves on and off in the prison’s chapel, unseen forces pushing people over, apparitional footsteps, the feeling of being watched by spirits, as well as unexplained bangs and disembodied voices.[86]
  • Kinnitty Castle: This Gothic castle sits on a plot that once housed Druids and Bards. It has witnessed a long and turbulent history, and is reportedly the home of many ghosts, the most popular of which is the Phantom Monk of Kinnitty.[87] It was featured on Most Haunted.
  • Malahide Castle: This castle is haunted by Lord Galtrim, Sir Walter Hussey, the son of the Baron of Galtrim. Killed in battle on his wedding day in the 15th century, his apparition roams the castle at night, groaning in pain, while pointing at the spear wound in his side. There is also Lady Matilda "Maud" Plunkett. Her spirit appears to workers and guests as she did on the day of her marriage to the Lord Chief Justice. Maud would chase his spirit through the corridors. The third spirit is Puck, a jester who fell in love with Gerard FitzGerald's daughter, Lady Eleanor, who was detained at the castle by Henry VIII for inciting rebellions. One snowy night in December, Puck was found stabbed through the heart, still wearing his jester suit and cap. Before his death, he swore that he would haunt here until a master with a bride from the people ruled this castle. However, he promised not to harm any male Talbot who slept here. Numerous visitors have reported seeing the jester’s face on some photos taken here. The White Lady is the fourth apparition here. The White Lady is a painting of a very beautiful, but unknown, lady which hangs on the castle’s Great Wall. It is said that she would leave her painting at times and wander through the grounds at night. The fifth and final spirit is Miles Corbet. He was given this castle and the surrounding property by Oliver Cromwell. During the Restoration, Miles was made to pay for his crimes, and was hanged. It is reported that his apparition appears as a whole soldier in armour which then suddenly fall into pieces.[88]
  • Montpelier Hill: The Stewards House, or Killakee House, was built around 1765 by the Conolly family as a hunting lodge. The house has a reputation for being haunted. Stories tell of a particularly large ghostly black cat. The best documented account occurred between 1968 and 1970 when the Evening Herald and Evening Press newspapers carried a number of reports
    The Stewards House
    regarding a Mrs. Margaret O'Brien and her husband Nicholas, a retired Garda superintendent, who were converting the house into an arts centre. During the conversion, tradesmen employed on the work site began complaining of ghosts. One night, a friend of the O'Brien's, artist Tom McAssey, and two workmen were confronted by a spectral figure and a black cat with glowing red eyes. McAssey painted a portrait of the cat which hung in the house for several years afterwards. Although locals were skeptical of the reports, further apparitions were reported, most notably that of an Indian gentleman, and of two nuns called Blessed Margaret and Holy Mary who had taken part in black masses on Mountpelier Hill. There were also reports of incorporeal ringing bells and poltergeist activity. In 1970, an RTÉ television crew recorded a documentary about the house. In the documentary, a clairvoyant called Sheila St. Clair communicated with the spirits of the house through automatic writing. In 1971, a plumber working in the house discovered a grave with a skeleton of a small figure, most likely that of a child or, perhaps, the body of the dwarf alleged to have been sacrificed by the members of the Hell Fire Club. The house operated as a restaurant in the 1990s before closing in 2001; it is now a private residence.[89][90][91]
  • Leap Castle: Many people were imprisoned and executed in this castle, and it is supposedly haunted by several spirits.[92] It was featured on Scariest Places on Earth and Most Haunted.
  • Renyle House Hotel in Galway: Haunted by former anonymous remaining guests.[93]
  • Ross Castle: Guests often wake at night hearing disembodied voices and doors banging and shutting on their own. An apparitional spirit who roams here is Richard Nugent's daughter, Sabina. Her lover, Orwin drowned himself. A second apparitional spirit who roams here is Orwin's father, Myles "The Slasher" O'Reilly. This Irish soldier spent his last night here before dying in a battle in 1644.[94]
  • Shelbourne Hotel: This hotel is believed to be haunted by a seven-year-old girl from the 18th century, named Mary Masters, who had lived in the row of houses which once stood where the hotel is now. She passed away due to cholera in 1791. Her apparition roams the halls.[96]

Japan[edit]

  • Okiku's Well: The well at Himeji Castle is often said to be haunted by the ghost of Okiku. She is supposed to rise from the well at night and count to nine before shrieking and returning to the well.[99]

Malaysia[edit]

  • Tambun Inn: Located in Ipoh, it is one of the top tourist destinations in Malaysia, and is reported to be haunted by many ghostly apparitions. Some of these accounts mention lights turning on and off, sounds of whispers and eerie cries, as well as a report of the ghost of an old woman spotted within the vicinity of the inn.[100]

Mexico[edit]

  • Agua Caliente Casino and Hotel in Tijuana: This former casino, which is now a high school, is allegedly haunted by a female singer who poisoned her lover after stealing money from him in the 1930s. According to legend, the man pursued her in an attempt to get the antidote, but she refused to give it to him, and he shot her to death in his frustration.[101]
  • Panteón de Belen (Belen cemetery): Located in the center of Guadalajara, was opened in 1848. According to the legend several paranormal entities appear in the cemetery.[102]
  • Callejón del Aguacate in Coyoacán, Mexico City: Is the site of esoteric rituals,[103] and according to testimony, an entity wanders by this backstreet.[104]
  • Casa de Aramberri in Monterrey: Reputed to be haunted by a man's wife and daughter, who, according to legend, were tortured to death by three male robbers in 1933.[101]
  • Casa de La Zacatecana: A colonial mansion in Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro. In the 17th century, a woman known as "La Zacatecana" commanded the murder of her husband, and then executed the killer that she contracted for the murder. The legend says that the mansion harbours three spirits.[105]
  • Casa de los Condes de la Torre Cossío y de la Cortina , in Historic center of Mexico City: A colonial mansion, which during the 1630s, a spree killer named Juan Manuel de Solórzano lived there. Believing his wife unfaithful, he killed several men, simply because they walked outside to his house. Juan Manuel would ask them the time, if they responded 11 pm, or showed anxiety, he would stab them. He was executed in 1641.[106] The legend says that a man with 1600s-era clothing wanders in and around the house, sometimes asking bystanders for the time, and soon after disappearing.[107]
  • Claudia Mijangos house: Located in a suburb of Querétaro, Claudia Mijangos killed her 3 children here in 1989. She said that "... she was possessed by a diabolic entity". People say that they can hear crying and shouting in the house and a boy appears in a window of the second level.[108]
  • Colegio Salvatierra in Santa Rosalía, Baja California Sur: According to legend, there was a student, a small child, who used to play with marbles in the girls bathroom. One day he accidentally swallowed a marble and choked. After teachers took out the body, girls who enter the bathroom have said that they heard noises of laughter and a child playing with marbles, and some have said they have seen marbles roll into the bathhouses.[109]
  • Guanajuato: La Casa de las Brujas, or the House of the Witches, was built in 1845, and was owned by a Dutch mine owner by the name of Juan Carson. He was imprisoned for murder, and his daughter, Susan, was left in the custody of her aunts in the house. She was supposedly found beaten and starved to death in the cellar a year later. According to legend, Susan's ghost is said to haunt the house, and odd sounds and cold spots have been reported.[101]
  • Hotel Finnestera in Cabo San Lucas: The ghost of a maid, as well as voices are allegedly encountered.[101]
Palacio de Lecumberri
  • Hotel San Diego in Guanajuato: According to legend, there is a room on the hotel's top floor where sounds of doors slamming and furniture moving around can be heard.[101]
  • House of Laments or Casa de los lamentos in Guanajuato, Guanajuato: This mansion was the house of a serial killer active during the 1890s through the 1910s named Tadeo Fulgencío Mejía. According to the legend, the victims' crying sounds can be heard in the mansion.[110]
  • Jarquin in Mietchulan, Oaxaca: This small store is haunted by its anonymous former owner. The owner's apparition is known to walk in and out of the building. He is notorious for pushing customers out of the store.[111]
  • Journalism Museum, also known as La Casa de los perros or The House of the Dogs: Located in the center of Guadalajara, is a colonial mansion that in the 1790s housed the first independent newspaper of America.[112] Supposedly the house is the site of several paranormal phenomenons.[113]
  • Palacio de Lecumberri in Venustiano Carranza, Mexico City: Constructed in 1900, it served as a prison for 76 years.[114] Supposedly several entities live in the building, but two are the most active. the first is a male spirit, which wanders throughout the building, wanting to interact with people. Reportedly, he would say "My name's Jacinto" or "Again, Amalia didn't come here" and disappear.[115] The second is also a male spirit, dressed in a black charro costume, which is especially aggressive, and has appeared to many people.[116]
Central place of Psychiatric Hospital "La Castañeda"
  • Psychiatric Hospital La Castañeda: It was the biggest madhouse in Mexico, opened in 1910, was active for 58 years and during this time is said to have housed around 60 000 patients. Several paranormal cases have been reported in the hospital.[117]
  • San Juan Teotihuacán: The Pilar Hacienda was built by the Spaniards who came to Mexico in the 16th century. On the top floor there is a large cut on the window, which is believed to be the mark of Miguel Aritztia, a Spanish hidalgo. It is thought that he died from falling off the balcony, and while he fell he grabbed at the window, creating the long scratch. The ghost of the wife of Miguel has also been seen on the balcony crying "Oh, my husband." She was there at the time of his death, and tried to save him. Mr. Aritztia has been reported to be seen hanging from the window, as well as being seen in a window. It is said that at times the scratch disappears from the window.[119]
  • Swamp South of Mexico City: The Island of Dolls is rumoured to be one of the most haunted sites in Mexico. Don Julian Santana was a man who lived as a hermit on this island for over fifty years, where he is believed to have lost his mind. The tragic accident of a girl who drowned on the island while visiting caused further madness in Julian. The island was turned into a shrine for that little girl. Dolls by the hundreds hang in the trees and the house. Each of the dolls is believed to be fused with the energy of the little girl. Candles, hard candy, and dolls are occasionally brought as offerings to appease the spirits. The dolls are said to move, beckon, and speak to those who come. The man's spectre also roams this place. Orbs, loud sounds, and reports of doll eyes opening abound.[101]
  • Villa de Santiago, Puerto Genovevo: These mountainous roads have been the site of many car accidents. Among the numerous crosses, there is a set of ten crosses in memory of a family who were the victims of a truck accident. If one stands next to the crosses, it is rumored to be possible to see a truck moving very fast through the trees. Also, it is said that at midnight the screams and pain of those in the accident can be heard.[101]

Monaco[edit]

  • A former yacht belonging to Errol Flynn, the USS Zaca, is berthed here and is supposed to be haunted. Witnesses have reported seeing Errol Flynn's frustrated ghost pacing on board. Others have described the sounds of voices and laughter as if a wild party was happening on board.[120]

Myanmar[edit]

  • Keng Tung: Kyainge Tong New Hotel was once a palace, it is now a reportedly haunted hotel.[121]

New Zealand[edit]

Norway[edit]

  • Lier Sykehus: An old insane asylum situated in Drammen, Norway, where people claim to have seen ghosts, shadows and apparitions.[127]

Oman[edit]

  • Bahla: A town located in Oman. In neighboring Gulf countries and Oman itself, there are rumors of Bahla being home to jinns, which are same as genies in English.[128]

Pakistan[edit]

  • The Koh-i-Chiltan peak: This mountain in Balochistan is described, according to a local myth and the legend associated with it, as being haunted by the "... spirits of forty babies."[129]
  • The Mohatta Palace in Karachi: Said to be haunted by ghosts of the British Raj era. Museum guides have reportedly seen various objects which have moved from their original place, or shifted about while guards have claimed to have "felt" the presence of certain spirits during the night.[130]

Philippines[edit]

  • Baguio City: Is itself considered highly haunted. Aside from the military academy, there are other haunted places scattered throughout the city, such as cemeteries, old hotels and other sites where structures used to stand until the 1990 earthquake brought them down, injuring and killing the people inside.[131][132]
  • Balete Drive: A residential area in Cubao, Quezon City is famous for the apparition of a white lady. It is told that there was a teenage girl who was raped by a cab driver in the 1950s in that area. It is possible that the lady of Balete is seeking revenge.[133]
  • Clark Air Base Hospital: Considered as the most haunted place in the Philippines. There are reports of screams, apparitions, voices and footsteps by both guards and visitors. Ghost Hunters International visited the site in 2009, and confirmed the paranormal activities in the area.[134]
  • The Manila Film Center: The site of a construction accident in the early 1980s. When construction of the center was rushed for a film festival, the ceiling scaffolding collapsed, killing several workmen. Rather than halt construction to rescue survivors and retrieve the bodies of the dead workmen, Imelda Marcos, the First Lady and the main financier of the project, was believed to have ordered cement to be poured into the orchestra, entombing the fallen workmen, some of whom were even buried alive. Various ghostly activities have been reported on the site, including mysterious sounds, voices and poltergeist activity. In the late 1990s, a group called the Spirit Questors began to make visits to the film center, in an attempt to contact and appease the souls of the workmen who were killed in the building. Some of these spirits claimed to have moved on, but a few allegedly remain.[135]
  • The Ozone Disco: A disco in Quezon City that caught on fire.[136] Due to mass panicking, nobody was able to get out. Some people near the location hear ghostly disco music in their houses at night and see faint people dancing.[137]

Portugal[edit]

  • The Beau-Séjour Palace, in Lisbon, is said to be haunted by the Baron of Glória, who lived in the palace in the 19th century. Employees working at the palace report moving and disappearing objects and windows opening and closing abruptly. Visitors to the gardens also report hearing the ringing of non-existent bells.[138]
  • Visitors at the Bela Vista Hotel, in Portimão, report hearing unexplainable wailings and bangs on the walls at night. The ghost of the previous owner of the hotel is said to haunt room 108, where she reportedly died.[139]
  • The Castelinho de São João do Estoril, in Estoril, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little blind girl who accidentally fell to her death in a nearby cliff.[140]
  • The Quinta das Conchas, in Lisbon, is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a woman from São Tomé and Príncipe who's reported to have been kept in a cage for several years by Francisco Mantero Belard, the owner of the house in the early 20th century.[139]
  • The Quinta da Juncosa, in Penafiel, is said to be haunted by the Baron of Lages and his family. Suspecting that his wife was unfaithful to him, the baron reportedly tied her to one of his horse's legs and dragged her across the floor, killing her. After finding that she was innocent, he proceeded to kill his children and commit suicide. Locals have reported seeing the ghost of the baron several times over the years.[141]

Romania[edit]

  • Hotel Cismigiu, in Bucharest: Reportedly haunted by the ghost of a female student who accidentally fell down an elevator shaft in the early 1990s. She is said to have died there after a few hours, when no one came to her aid.[142]
  • Hoia Baciu Forest, near Cluj-Napoca: Has a reputation for paranormal activity. Reports have included, among others, folk ghost stories, apparitions, faces identified in photographs that were not visible with the naked eye, and, in the 1970s, UFO sightings. Visitors to the forest report anxiety and the feeling of being watched, and the local vegetation is often bizarre (strangely shaped trees, charring on tree stumps and branches).[143] The forest was featured on the Halloween Ghost Adventures special.
  • Iulia Hasdeu Castle (Prahova County): It is said that it was built on the basis of sketches that the writer received in his sleep from his dead daughter. Newspapers reported that in the castle, by night, Iulia could be heard singing and playing the piano, while Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu could be heard clapping.[144]

Russia[edit]

South Africa[edit]

Sweden[edit]

  • Toftaholm Herrgård: The legend relates the story of a baron whose daughter was promised to a commoner, but the baron gave his daughter to someone else. On the day of the wedding, the commoner hanged himself from the rafters. The spirit of the commoner is said to wander Room 324, where the rafters once were.[154]
  • Borgvattnets prästgård: The rectory of the small village of Borgvattnet in Jämtland, northern Sweden, where there have been reports of hauntings since the early 1920s. Today, the rectory is open to the public, and people are allowed to spend up to two nights for a price. The Swedish TV Show, Det okända, once went to the rectory for a visit, were unable to leave, and were forced to spend the night. There is also an infamous rocking chair, which stories are told of throwing a priest who once lived there on the floor multiple times.[155][156]

Switzerland[edit]

In the federal city of Berne: The house located in Junkerngasse no 54 is said to be haunted. The origin of this belief is unknown.[157]

Thailand[edit]

  • Lipe Island, Thailand: Located in the Andaman Sea, Lipe is inhabited by the Chao-Le, an ethnic group nicknamed the "Gypsies of the Sea". The Chao-Le have animist beliefs, and say their island is full of rowdy spirits which they call ha-too. Tourists also claim feeling the presence of invisible forces during their stays there. Residents are said to be able to appease these spirits with offerings of cupcakes and cold strawberry softdrinks.[158]
  • Crime Suppression Division Jail Cell: Many prisoners claim to have seen ghosts in their jail cells.[159]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

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