Here are 10 of the most haunted places of the world.
1) The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, Australia: Abandoned asylums, creepiest places ever, and Australia has a good one. The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum — originally named as Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum — is located in Victoria, Australia. It was a mental hospital from 1867 to 1995. With 1,200 patients living there, about 9,000 patients died in its history, and there’s little doubt those souls are haunting till this very day. Visitors can take a nighttime ghost tour, only if they wish.
2) The Princess Theatre, Australia: In Australia, the Princess Theatre, which is haunted by a ghost named Frederici. According to the myth, Frederick Baker or “Frederici” was an Italian singer who died on stage in 1888. He was finishing a performance as Mephistopheles in Faust when a trapdoor dropped under his feet and he fell beneath the stage, dying from a heart attack. For many years, the Princess Theater saved an open seat for Frederic at every opening-night performance.
3) The Bhangarh Fort, India: So you’re not scared yet, try the Banghar Fort in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, India. Which was built in 1573 and is a ruin of several temples, palaces, and smaller living units.
According to legend, the fort became cursed when a wizard who lived in the town fell in love with the princess of Banghar. With his black magic, he tried to get the princess with a magic potion. She figured out the scheme and threw the bowl. It hit a boulder which was disturbed enough to start rolling, and it rolled right in the path of the wizard. The wizard cursed the town saying that it would be destroyed and become uninhabitable. Soon after, the town was invaded and pillaged. Most of its inhabitants, including the princess, were killed. Those who survived abandoned the fort.
The wizard’s curse remains, and the ghosts of those killed continue to haunt the fort. The Archaeological Survey of India, forbids anyone from staying at the fort after dark.
4) Aokigahara, Japan: At the base of Mt. Fugi, its Aokigahara, Japan’s globally famous Suicide Forest. Hundreds of people came to this forest to kill themselves amongst its dense trees, local police do annual sweeps to clear away the bodies. They no longer declare the number of bodies discovered because those numbers actually encourage suicides. In 2004, 108 people committed suicide there. Signs around the forest placed by local police beg suicidal visitors to reconsider: “Your life is a precious gift to your parents” and “Please consult with the police before you decide to die.”
Many people believe that the forest is haunted by the souls of those who died there. Others point to a different haunting origin. According to one legend, during times of famine in ancient Japan, families couldn’t feed themselves. Some would be abandoned in Aokigahara, where they died of starvation. Those ghosts haunt the forest today.
5) Iulia Hasdeu Castle, Romania: The lulia Hasdeu Castle, built by Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu in Campina, Romania after the death of his 19-year-old daughter, Iulia. Hasdeu dedicated the castle and the rest of his life to lulia. He became a practitioner of spiritualism to reconnect with her, and designed one room in the castle solely for the purposes. Its walls are all black. Iulia still haunts the castle, walking through the courtyard in a white dress and playing the piano each night.
6) Hellfire Club on Montpelier Hill, Ireland: The Hell Fire Club on Montpelier Hill was built as a hunting lodge in 1725 and became a gathering place for a small group of Dublin elites who met for wickedness and devil worship. Tales of animal sacrifice, black masses, cloven-hoofed men, and murder surround it. Another popular destination for tourists and ghost tours.
7) Manila Film Center, Philippines: The Manila Film Center is reported to be haunted by the ghosts of workers killed during a tragic construction accident. At 3 a.m. on Nov. 17, 1981, scaffolding at the site collapsed burying about 169 workers in quick-drying cement, alive. No rescue teams were allowed at the site for nine hours. Reports differ on just how many workers were killed, while several bodies remain entombed in the structure.
8) Dragsholm Slot, Denmark: This castle was built in 1215 and in the 16th, 17th century parts of it were used to house prison noble or priestly rank. It was rebuilt in 1694 and is thought to house at three ghosts: a grey lady, a white lady and the ghost of one its prisoners, James Hepburn, the 4th Earl of Bothwell.
9) Raynham Hall, United Kingdom: Raynham Hall in Norfolk, said to haunted by the “Brown Lady”, so named because she appears wearing a brown brocade dress.
The Brown Lady is thought to be the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole (1686-1726). She had an affair with a local lord. According to one story, her husband discovered the affair and locked her in their home at Raynham Hall. Another story claims that it was the wife who somehow managed to arrange her entrapment. Either way, Dorothy was locked up. She died and her soul was freed to haunt the castle.
The Brown Lady has been spotted many times, first in 1825. The most recent sighting was Sept. 19, 1936, when a photographer for Country Life magazine snapped an iconic photo of her.
10) Château de Châteaubriant, France: Ending with another story of a woman locked in a castle. This one’s from France. The Château de Châteaubriant was built in the 11th century. The haunting dates to the 16th century with the story of Jean de Laval and his wife Françoise de Foix. King Francis i asked de Laval to assist him at court and Françoise joined him there. She also became King Francis’ mistress. She died on Oct. 16, 1537 under mysterious circumstances. It was rumored that de Laval had learned of her affair and locked her in a room until he could poison her. Now every year, on Oct. 16, Françoise haunts Château.