Thursday, 27 February 2014

Haunted Hotels of Asia

Have you ever heard of hotel room stories which tickle your sixth sense? Or maybe you checked into a hotel which eerily reeked of an unknown presence. Asia has a lot to offer in the paranormal sense of the word. Lets look at the best resort asia's bona fide list of haunted hotels reportedly to be haunted by ghosts or other supernatural beings.
A fire engulfed the First Hotel Bangkok in the 80s that took away the life of a Singaporean singer by the name of Shi Ni. The Pratunam Hotel chain was surrounded by popular shopping complexes like the MBK.
                                                    Asia Hotel, Bangkok

With one glance you would deemed Asia Hotel to be just another spooky hotel in Bangkok. The overall hotel is dimly lit and rooms are old and musty. A typical story involves guests waking up just in time to see ghostly figures sitting on the sofa staring at them, only to vanish into thin air. NEW REPORTS
Buma Inn, Beijing.

 The Chinese really take seriously these things paranormal. Anyone would be, if the event will include scary paranormal creatures of the night, the Berserker. Buma Inn in Beijing will be pursued by a ghost angry and seeks revenge. It was said that a guest died because the chef poisoned his food and then the chef stabbed himself. The terror is not over yet. Until now, the restless spirit of murdered Review pursues the hotel in search of the chef, who poisoned him. 
Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok

The  Baiyoke Sky Hotel, rising 88-storeys above Bangkok’s skyline, is Thailand’s tallest (as of 2011) hotel.Three billboard installers died when they fell from a suspended platform at the 69th floor of Baiyoke Tower II.NEW REPORTS

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio City, Philippines.
The Diplomat Hotel on Dominican Hill, Baguio City, Philippines is famous for being haunted by headless apparitions amongst other things. There were some visitors of the hotel claiming to saw headless figures carrying a platter with their severed damaged head on it, walking along the corridors wailing for justices. The abandoned hotel was the heaven for the paranormal and ghost hunters.
Genting Highlands, the famous hill resort in Malaysia, is also known as one of the most haunted places in Malaysia. Paranormal incidents have been reported at the First World Hotel. Given that it is a casino resort, a lot of gambling-related suicides have happened over the years. There are eerie sounds in the middle of the night as well as apparitions of restless spirits. Locals even claim that some hotel rooms are never rented out even if the hotel is fully booked because occupants fall sick after their stay. There were also reports that the lift never stopped on the 21st floor. The lift would either skip the 21st floor or would not even reach the 21st floor. 
Ghost stories about the Grand Hyatt Taipei are rooted in the hotel’s dark history. Apparently the hotel was built on a World War II execution ground and cemetary.. Guests of the hotel have allegedly seen ghosts in the corridors while others have heard strange noises from unoccupied rooms. Paranormal activities and rumors regarding the hotel have so negatively affected the business that management decided to consult Feng Shui experts. Chinese calligraphy and scrolls have since been installed in strategic places within the hotel in the hopes of warding off restless spirits. Many visitors swears that they saw a ghost at the top floor, and refuses to ever stay there again.

Room 308 in Samudra Beach Hotel was my main reason to go to Pelabuhanratu. I had read that Nyai Loro Kidul, the Goddess of the South Seas, has room 308 permanently kept empty for her.Legend has it that Nyai Loro Kidul lures fishermen to her love nest at the bottom of the ocean. She whisks away anyone who ventures into the sea, anyone wearing green. Swimmers are warned not to wear green and not to swim in the ocean and if drowning occurs they are attributed to this malevolent Goddess. 


 The Savoy, is a historic luxury hotel located in the hill station, Mussoorie, in Uttarakhand state of India, The Savoy Hotel, the inspiration of Agatha Christie's novel was the Mysterious Affair at Styles. The hotel offers not only a luxury but a constant supply of pure terror. His former owner, Lady Ormsby , who died allegedly from poisoning, is said to be the haunting opulent hotel. Scary creature of the night was to see to draw aimlessly the halls of his former hotel. 


The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai sadly, now known for the infamous 26/11 terrorist attack, is haunted by the ghost of it's architect W. A. Chambers, the hotel’s chief engineer. Chambers travelled to France shortly before the hotel’s completion. He later returned to India only to find out that it was built in the opposite direction. He was so heartbroken that he took his life. Hotel staff and guests claim that his ghost roams the old wing of the hotel obviously still lamenting his design gone bad
Tambun Inn is one of the favorite hotels in Ipoh, Malaysia. Apparently the tourists are not the only errant fools to the hotel. Scary creatures of the night allegedly wander the hotel as well. Many accounts of events have been documented ghosts. Some of these accounts have mentioned the light in and out; the sounds, whispers and screams heard disturbing the inn. There was also a report of a ghost of an elderly woman was discovered near the pension. 

The 220-room hotel Yun Shan Fan Dian is three hours north of Beijing on the Yangtze River. It is built on the very same grounds where Manchu royalty would escape the summer heat of Beijing. Over the years, several guests have reported sightings of none other than Dowager Empress Cixi, tending her beloved garden. It seems the old Dowager feels duly protective of her garden. 


Every single hotel, there shall be at least a permanent room which should be left vacant at all times. No matter how full the hotel are, they are not to sell that room(s) to any guest. It was said that special room was "reserved" for those "special visitors". So, if you plan to stay in some hotel, always book in advance. Try to avoid walk in. If the receptionist tells you there are no more rooms available, do not insist one anymore or try to bribe them to give you a room. If you do that, most of the time the room you have will be that "special room". Sometimes those "special visitors" might go to other rooms also, so here's some tips on how to protect yourself:1.  Before entering your room, always knock on the door first, even you know the room is vacant. 2. After you enter the room, if you feel very cold suddenly and have goosebumps, leave the room quietly & immediately and go to reception to request a room change. Most of the time the receptionist will understand what's happening. 3. After you enter the room, immediately switch on all of the lights, and open the curtains to let the sun light in.4. before you go to bed, arrange your shoes so that one of them is upside down. Some say this is representing yin & yang to protect you while you're asleep. 5. Always leave at least a lamp on while you're sleeping, preferably the toilet's lamp.6. If you're staying alone and they have give you a twin bed, do not sleep with the other bed vacant, try to put your things like luggage on the other bed before you sleep.

 Many thanks to Dorris Chan for sharing.

Alan CY Kok

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