The ghosts of Asia are among the most well-known in the world for being truly frightful, and have inspired horror movies. Oceania, too, has their share of paranormal activity, which is used to rake in some moolah through their special tours.
1. Russell Hotel, Sydney, Australia
If you stay at the Russell Hotel in The Rocks, Sydney, Australia, you might encounter ghosts of ill repute, as this was formerly a sailor’s hostel located in a crime-filled part of what was once a seedy slum. The ghost of a colonial-era sailor is said to haunt Room 8, wandering around the halls or standing and staring at you as you sleep. Other spirits, including those of seamen as well as prostitutes, have been sighted too. It’s not surprising then that the hotel is pimping out its ghosts with tours.
2. Monte Cristo Homestead, New South Wales, Australia
What could be more interesting than staying at a B&B if you visit New South Wales, Australia, during halloween? You can enjoy dinner, a ghost tour and stay overnight at what is reputedly “Australia’s most haunted house”. Built in 1884 by Christopher William Crawley, the homestead is said to still be haunted by the ghosts of Crawley and his wife, Elizabeth, to this day. There are also the spirits from tragic tales attached to the place, including a maid, supposedly made pregnant by Crawley, who committed suicide by jumping off a balcony; a nanny throwing a baby girl down the stairs to her death; and a stable boy who was burned to death. How morbid! (Watch the video below.)
3. Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan
Built over a former World War II prison camp, the prestigious Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei is said to be haunted by the spirits of prisoners who were executed there. Unlike other famous haunted hotels, this one does not capitalise on its “haunted past” by offering ghost tours though. Instead, feng shui experts were called in, and Chinese calligraphy and sacred scrolls were installed in strategic spots in the hotel in hopes of warding off the spirits seen wandering in the corridors or making noise in the rooms. Anyway, if you stay here, don’t forget to knock on the door before entering the room because you don’t want to catch any of the ghosts unawares; they wouldn’t like that!
4. The Savoy Hotel, Mussoorie, India
The Savoy Hotel in the hill station of Mussoorie, India, was the inspiration for Agatha Christie’s novel, The Mysterious Affair At Styles. In 1911, a spiritualist who specialised in seances and crystal-gazing was found dead, poisoned with a cyanide-based poison, but the murder was never solved. Her doctor was also found dead a few months later, of strychnine poisoning. It is not surprising that it is said to be one of the spookiest hotels in India. Witnesses have reported hearing unexplainable noises and seeing a ghost walking aimlessly through its halls. Now, that’s what I call a mystery!
5. Akasaka Weekly Mansion, Tokyo, Japan
Japanese horror movies are some of the scariest, and guests of Akasaka Weekly Mansion might be able to understand where their inspiration comes from. It is said that Building 1 is the most haunted because of the many suicides and sudden deaths that have happened there. Guests have claimed to have seen ghostly mists from the air vents, woken up in the middle of the night to see a pale apparition disappear from the foot of their bed, and even felt icy hands stroking their hair and fondling their private parts as they slept. Men have reported feeling female hands touching them while women have reported feeling strong, rough hands holding them down. Hmm … kinky, if you are into that sort of thing.
** UPDATE: We have been informed that this building has been demolished.