Friday, October 31, 2014

Top 10 Haunted Places Around the World

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Prepare to be scared this Halloween. This is the season when everything frightening becomes the hit attraction. Many would be wearing Halloween-inspired costumes based from mythology or horror movies, But the most popular would be to go visit spooky places. You would see people lining up to experience horror rides or wander around haunted establishments just for the fun of it. Wouldn't it be interesting to actually see a ghost, a ghoul, a monster, a zombie or the likes of these creatures so we would know if they are for real? Wouldn't it be also cool to set foot on places that are said to be haunted?

From presidential palaces in Colombia to film centers in the Philippines, the most normal places are not always as they seem. In honor of Halloween, global real estate marketplace Lamudi guides you through the world’s top 10 haunted properties.

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1. Lawang Sewu, Indonesia

A landmark of Semarang, Central Java, Lawang Sewu (which translates as “Thousand Doors”) is a former Dutch colonial era building, rumored to be haunted by headless ghosts. This large, deserted structure is open to the public 24 hours a day, so if you’re looking for a scare this Halloween, why not take a midnight visit?

2. Manila Film Center, the Philippines

A national building in Pasay City, Metro Manila, the Manila Film Center was built in 1981. During construction, on November 17th 1981, the construction collapsed, burying over 150 workers in quick-drying cement. It was believed that some of these workers were entombed alive in the concrete. However, records show that all bodies were retrieved from the site. Ghostlore says that those who died roam the film center to this day, making mysterious sounds.

3. Mohatta Palace, Pakistan

Located in Karachi, the Mohatta Palace is an elaborate, pink, and yellow stone building, consisting of 18,500 square yards. Legend has it that there is a superhuman presence at the palace, with guides believing the building is haunted. While on guard, workers are rumored to have felt the presence of spirits, and experienced objects moving without human touch.

4. The Tower of London, United Kingdom

The former prison of some of England’s most renowned historical figures, the Tower of London is one of the most haunted places in the UK. Reportedly, the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn, one of the wives of King Henry VIII, still resides within the tower, following her execution in 1536. The oldest part of the building, the White Tower, is also home to the White Lady, who is said to have been seen standing at the window, waving to children in the opposite building.

5. Bhangarh Fort, India

Legend has it that a black magic wizard named Singhiya, in love with the Princess of Bhangarh, cursed the fort with the death of all who lived there, following the Princess’s rejection of his love. The year following the curse, both war and famine broke out, leading to the death of the Princess. Tourists are unable to enter the building after sunset and before sunrise, so not to disturb the ghosts of Singhiya and other locals who haunt Bhangarh Fort.

6. The Island of the Dolls, Mexico

Xochimilco, a district just south of Mexico City, is home to a number of artificial islands and canals, one of which was owned by a caretaker named Julian Santana Barrera. When Barrera discovered the body of a young girl in one of the canals near his island, he began to collect dolls to hang around the island to ward off any evil spirits, and to make the young girl happy. The island, known as Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls), is now visited by thousands of tourists a year, who bring dolls to carry on Barrera’s work.

7. Eltz Castle, Germany

A medieval castle hidden away in the hills of Western Germany, Eltz Castle is one of just a few haunted castles in Germany. Allegedly, ghosts of medieval knights roam the grounds of the great 12th century castle, which has been owned—and haunted—by the same family for 33 generations. One of the more famous ghosts, Agnes, apparently died defending her honor, and her specter remains in the castle to this day.

8. Edinburgh Castle, United Kingdom

The vaults of Edinburgh Castle are famous for the unsettling noises and movements that come from within. Constructed in the 15th century, the underground maze makes up 120 rooms, which were used to quarantine and entomb victims of the plague. Visitors can expect to see Lady Janet Douglas, who was burned at the stake following accusations of witchcraft, the spirit of a headless drummer, dogs wandering around the cemetery, and numerous prisoners roaming the labyrinth.

9. Marroquín Castle, Colombia

This stunning mansion, built in 1904 near the Colombian city of Chía, was an asylum for several years. Allegedly, the castle is haunted by the ghost of a nun who once worked there, numerous patients who met their demise in the asylum, and “La Zancona,” a mysterious woman dressed in all black, who roams the building.

10. Port Arthur, Australia

Port Arthur is allegedly the most haunted place in Tasmania. During its almost 50-year history as a convict settlement, hundreds of men died at Port Arthur. Furthermore, the massacre in 1006 led to the death of 35 men, women and children. Tourists visit the port with the hope of catching a glimpse of the Lady in Blue—the crying ghost of a young woman, who reportedly died in childbirth—as well as over 2,000 ghosts that have apparently been seen over the past 20 years.

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  1. Well these places are really spooky! I pity those who died in the Manila Film Center, may their souls rest in peace.

  2. It's been my dream to travel around the world and go to a lot of different places. I'll make sure to add these detours to my bucket list!! :)

  3. These historical places looks really beautiful and really amazing. It's kind of like a thrilling adventure if you went there since the place is told to be haunted. For me, if I only look at the pictures I think the most creepy there would be The Island of Dolls, Mexico because the dolls make it look so spooky~

  4. I like how these places look beautiful and appealing despite the fact that they are haunted and old. I would definitely take a tour in these places, haunted or not. :))

  5. At first you can see that all the places (except for the island of dolls) looks very beautiful but many of these places have a tragic historical background. Still i want to visit these places which looks awesome despite being haunted by ghosts. I would also like to hear the whole story of the manila film center which is in number 2. I only heard the rumors similar to the caption on the picture.

  6. It's really a great way to enjoy Halloween visiting these places unfortunately, you can't visit them in just one day. The only place that I could visit is the Manila Film Center. I didn't even know about the story behind the building but it really is scary having the thought that some corpse might be buried under it.

  7. The essence of one place is to know its history. We cannot judge something without knowing what really happened way back then. This places might look beautiful but behind it is another mystery waiting to be solved.

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