|View Road Hospital, 2007.|
"Previously known as “Batu Rimau Gurkha”, the building was allotted by the British Bases Conversion Unit to the Ministry of Health around the late 1960s to early 1970s. In 1969, as Woodbridge Hospital reached a peak of 2,654 average daily occupancy and there was a need to relieve overcrowding at the hospital and the location of the serene surroundings of the building made it ideal for the Ministry of Health to set up a secondary institution there."
The picture you see above was the night that Shariff and Idah first started out on their many adventures into the Paranormal. That is the picture of the View Road Hospital.
On 15th August, 2007, I was invited by my wife's Uncle, Mr. A (not his real name), for a round of 'Weekend Ghost Hunting Adventures' with him. You see, Mr. A is a medium. He can talk with spirits, good and bad (as he claimed he is). he is also able to seek out and point out to us ( to our bewilderment) the exact location of the spirit that he claimed to be seeing!
|During that night, a couple of us (not me) saw one of the swings...move! Just today, we found out that the swings are gone. To the scrap yards, perhaps?|
Let me just tell you that I have searched for some scraps of information from the Web, and I did come across discussions from forums and stories from blogs of the hauntings there. I myself, until today, will not and can never forget the powerful, flowery scent (frangipani? I don't really know how it smells like; my own fart, I do!) when we were about to leave the place. The aroma was lingering right above us amongst the trees, nearer to the entrance, which a double-swing gate stands.
Someone in the group whispers,"Shhh! Not a word! We do not want to alarm it!". I guess that is the usual reaction we Asians have been accustomed to when any of us sense something out of the ordinary.
Today at 530pm, Rudy, Idah, Helmi of T.O.S.S., and myself, head down to the now abandoned (Again!) View Road Hospital. We got this information from our good friend from ONe North, Andrew Him, that the place which was used as a Foreign Workers' Dormitory for a short while, was left to ruins again. of course, being a Paranormal Investigator myself, who would've pass such a great opportunity!
I do want to gain or collect some good evidence of the hauntings there, like EVPs and such.
Unfortunately, upon reaching the place, as it has always been in Singapore with regards to abandoned places, the entire building was locked down. There was no sign erected whatsoever so we had to look for another way around.
But wait, I will not spoil the whole detail of our adventure on that day. We will, hopefully, release an Episode on it. :P
The purpose of me writing up this blog is simply this: I want to share the history and common haunting stories/hearsay about it.
"View Road Hospital was a little known mental hospital located in Admiralty. A subsidiary of Woodbridge Hospital, it was opened in 1975 and closed in 2001.
Most famous Ghost Story: The mental patients, when alive, were trapped in the hospital. Their spirits, likewise, were unable to escape from the building.
Current Condition: Has been converted into a foreign workers’ dormitory called View Road Lodge."
Cited from: Remember Singapore.
Well, as I have mentioned above, the place is no longer a Dormitory. It is empty now.
Why was the place empty once again? What could have happened? Were the workers told or moved somewhere else since there are no more construction projects for them? Did the owner or leaser could no longer afford to pay for the place? Or was it...(you guessed it) haunted?
Now let us see what some of the netizens have to say about View Road Hospital and its many tales of haunting...
"In June 1972, the building was handed over to Woodbridge Hospital. Concrete plans were then put in place in July 1973 to convert it into a secondary mental hospital. The hospital was officially completed on 27 May 1975 and commissioned on 1 August 1975. The first batch of patients were admitted to the hospital on 4th August 1975. In 1990, the hospital began to take in female patients and the next year saw the hospital undergoing major renovations. By 1994, there were close to 294 patients housed at the hospital.
In 2001, the hospital ceased to operate."
|Many sites claimed its haunting but no solid stories are found.|
""Seriously that place is guarded but not by human. There are several motion sensor installed and camera. If targeted, it will activate the alarm and in no time security officers [with dog] will come and take note of your identity. If you are unlucky the police will be called and put you in 3 yrs probation.
Somehow the security officer claimed that building was no mental hospital. It used to be a British Hospital and then became a Vietnamese Virgin Camp where many girls committed suicide. We actually have some doubt about what place it used to be.
Anyway I already warned you [the supernatural you gonna experience are the security officers] and if anyone still insists, then good luck."
Quoted from another site, what they mean by "[the supernatural you gonna experience are the security officers]" is that people will see watchmen guarding the place but there is no real watchmen actually. they are usually supernatural beings:
"Anyone been there? Surrounded by trees and very deserted roads.
There're a few swing chairs, 3 levels, big place, deserted place, gate locked.
I went there 2 years ago, sunday, lunar calendar 7th month day 7, the day believed to be the most 'scary' day when all the ghosts are stronger and very evil. I went there with a group of friends, we thought nothing unusual would happen.
But then....we saw a watchman that time, HE started talking with us, and opened the locked gate for us, he talked with us in some kind of funny funny language, none of us knew what was that language, but surprisingly, we understood what he was trying to tell us.
We didn't freak off on the spot, but then when we thought back...it really freaked us off.
It's a deserted place, why would the gahmen employ a watchman?
The watchman spoke alien language, why did we all understand what he said?
We saw him watering the field, how come there's water supply there? (he used a water pipe)
All my the other friends who had been there before, all said they saw no watchman."
Quoted from SGClub.com