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5 Haunted Roads To Avoid During 7th Month

5 Haunted Roads To Avoid During 7th Month
OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
18 Aug 2018

#3.  Devil’s Bend / Old Upper Thomson Road

Once home to Singapore’s one and only race track (the Thomson Road Grand Prix of the 60’s and 70’s; hold back your tears, fellow petrolheads), this road is where at least 11 have lost their lives in pursuit of speed.

In particular, the Devil’s Bend is known as the most dangerous part of the circuit: in 2008, 2 Nanyang Polytechnic students lost their lives when their car “suddenly skidded” and plunged down a slope before crashing into a tree.

This road is surrounded by Lower Pierce Reservoir and an amazeballs number of trees. In Chinese folklore, water and trees possess “yin” properties and thus attract “entities”. If you drive along this road in the early mornings, you’ll find it somewhat foggy, with creepy mists seeping from the forest the deeper that you venture.

#4. Tampines Road

Tampines Road is a long and winding 2-lane road that snakes its way around Paya Lebar Air Base, and is festooned with temples. Apparently there’s a reason for that: the road is the scene of many fatal accidents, and the temples were built to dispel the strong spirits there.

Interestingly, if you do a Google Image search for Tampines Road, quite a number of the images that show up are of various car accidents. Make of it what you will, but the road continues to be a dark nexus: in March 2014, 2 teenage girls were killed here when the car they were in crashed into a tree at 6.18am and in December 2015, a truck travelling on the road was smashed by a piling machine resting at the back of the flatbed trailer.

#5.  Mount Pleasant Road

And finally, we come to the grand-daddy of all haunted roads, Mount Pleasant Road. Possibly dating back to the 1860s, this road meanders amidst period black-and-white bungalows, built to house families of Police Force officers during Singapore’s colonial era. It's so old, that it was even declared as one of Singapore’s 4 Heritage Roads by the National Parks Board.

But its other more famous heritage lies in its peculiar popularity with otherworldly creatures. Sharing borders with adjacent Bukit Brown Cemetery, the road's namesake is the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, which is home to a large variety of Chinese tombs, some dating back to the late 19th Century.

Rumours on the internet say that before the place was bought by George Brown, it was a local Javanese village in medieval times that was dominated by Malay Bomohs - shamans who practiced black magic. One popular black art during that time was the creation and control of Pontianaks - female vampires which served as servants, or even as assassins. The Javanese village vanished in time, and the land was turned into a cemetery in the last century. But the Pontianaks remained, and roam free to this day.

Internet forums are awash with tales of these flying spectres, of floating heads and dismembered body parts lying by the roadside, and of other strange activities seen by many who have driven down this road at night.

Oh, and the new 4-lane road that LTA is building to link Adam Flyover and MacRitchie Viaduct?

It cuts right through Bukit Brown Cemetery. More than 3,000 of the 10,000 graves there have been exhumed to facilitate the construction of this road. Ever since this project was announced in 2011, it was fraught with multiple delays. The delays were due to the main contractor's financial restructuring and extended deadlines for public exhumation.

A quick update on the progress is that the new highway will be progressively opened to the public in the third quarter this year. Plus, there will be new in that area...



Let's just say I won’t be surprised if that new road shows up on a list like this, sometime in the next decade. Drive safe, everyone!


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