Penang War Museum listed in Top Ten Most Haunted Sites in Asia
by National Geographic Channel
|Written by Administrator II|
|Wednesday, 14 August 2013 05:58|
Dubbed as “Bukit Hantu” or Ghost Hill by the locals, the Penang War Museum carries a dark and cruel past. Built as a military defence fortress in the 1930s, it served as a British stronghold till it fell to the Japanese invasion during World War II in 1941. Shortly after, the army base became a camp for prisoners of war and hundreds of people were tortured and beheaded at the site. The war museum’s dark past and eerie atmosphere caught the attention of a National Geographic television programme called “I Wouldn’t Go In There” and landed a place in its top ten list of Asia’s most notorious haunted spots.
Hosted by urban explorer and blogger Robert Joe (RJ), he tracks down true and untold stories behind these haunted sites. RJ’s hypothesis is that there’s always a real story, even more terrifying than the strangest fiction, waiting to be uncovered behind every haunted location and paranormal encounters. Acting as a detective, he uses modern technology and explores the places many fear to tread.
The full list of ‘haunted’ sites explore by RJ are: the abandoned Tat Tak School in Hong Kong’s Ping Shan Village; Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan; an abandoned hospital at Clark Air Base in the Philippines; Gedung Lawang Sewu, a building complex in Semarang, Indonesia; the Green Island Prison in Lyudao Island, Taiwan; a mansion in Yeongdeok-gun, North Gyeongsang province, South Korea; the Temples of Ayutthaya in Thailand; Con Dao Island in Vietnam; and an old Portugese colonial outpost on Diu Island also known as “Isle of Ghosts”, India.
Catch this exclusive feature of Penang War Museum on 23 August 2013 at 10pm on the National Geographic Channel (Astro Channel 553). For more information on the programme, visit http://natgeotv.com/asia/iwgit.
The Penang State Tourism is also planning to organise a Halloween Celebration at the Penang War Museum on 31 October this year. The public are invited to join in the fun. The organising committee also welcomes any contribution of ideas to add fun and excitement to the event.