13+ Most Haunted Hospitals and Asylums in the World

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8. Sai Ying Pun Psychiatry Hospital, Hong Kong

Sai Ying Pun Psychiatry Hospital, Hong Kong
Sai Ying Pun Psychiatry Hospital, Hong Kong | Image via bluebalu.com

Built in 1892, Sai Ying Pun was also a Japanese World War II structure. The Victorian complex is rumored to have served as an execution hall by the Japanese troops. It was later transformed into a psychiatric institution following the war, then fell into disrepair and was severely ruined by two fires, which were believed to be inadvertently started by trespassers.

Sai Ying Pun Psychiatry Hospital, Hong Kong
Sai Ying Pun Psychiatry Hospital, Hong Kong | Image via yp.scmp.com

Tales of ghostly sightings were spread since it was abandoned in the 1970s. It has come to be known as the High Street Ghost House due to the many tales of the supernatural that have emerged. Visitors have confessed the sounds of a woman crying, or a loud, booming sound emanating from the building, mysterious footsteps, to recurring sightings of a “devilish figure in traditional Chinese costume bursting into flames,” specifically on the building’s second floor.

7. Clark Air Base Hospital, Philippines

Clark Air Base Hospital, Philippines
Clark Air Base Hospital, Philippines | Image via flickr.com

The Clark Air Base hospital, which served as the air base from the early 1900s until 1991 and is now abandoned, and was cited by Ghost Hunters International as one of the most haunted places in the world.

Clark Airbase has a long, violent, and often bloody history in the Philippines, and is considered one of the most haunted places in the archipelago. The base also was the dwelling place to which many wounded American soldiers evacuated during the Vietnam war, and the traumas and deaths from that conflict have also left their mark on the spirit presence in the hospital.

Clark Air Base Hospital, Philippines
Clark Air Base Hospital, Philippines

Paranormal activities are reported in the abandoned Clark Air Base Hospital, where headless apparitions and mysterious voices are simply common occurrences for the Filipinos nearby. Violent spirits observed and attested by the residents have rendered the area off limits to everyone. And in the Clark Museum nearby, the ghost of a serviceman who committed suicide still haunts the place where he hanged himself. It is remarkable that the hospital is one of the few areas that Ghost Hunters ever examined that was deemed disturbed.

6. Nocton Hall Hospital, England

Nocton Hall Hospital, England
Nocton Hall Hospital, England | Image via abandonedbytime

Built in 1530, Nocton Hall’s background has much to tell if history is the target. It is a Grade II listed building in the village of Nocton, in Lincolnshire, England. From a manor house, the building was later used as a convalescence home for wounded American Officers during the First World War.

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Nocton Hall Hospital, England
Nocton Hall Hospital, England | Image via hauntedhistoryoflincolnshire

It was used again during the Second World War as a military hospital and has been used similarly ever since. It reverted to private use in the 1980s until a major fire struck the building and left it in a derelict state.

Nocton Hall Hospital, England
Nocton Hall Hospital, England | Image via derelictplaces.co.uk

In another tale, it says that a young girl was raped and murdered by the son of the owner of the place back when it was a manor house. Today, her presence has been reported by various people who have stayed at the building haunting one particular room with many a person claiming to have seen the ghostly image appear in the room precisely at 4:30 AM.

5. Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Australia

Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Australia
Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Australia | Image via groupon.com.au

The ever famous Ararat Lunatic Asylum in Australia is now called Aradale. It was the largest in all of Australia when it opened in 1867. Throughout its functional existence, the health care facility held tens of thousands of patients including the most dangerous, hysterical and violent psychotics in the world.

Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Australia
Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Australia | Image via sinisterreads

To feel the chills about the place, an astounding 13,000 patients died in the facility within its 130 years of service. This is enough reason for it to be named as one of the most haunted places in the country.

Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Australia
Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Australia | Image via dailymail.co.uk

Moreover, the facility reopened in 2001 as a “campus” after concluding its health care services in 1998. Would you mind taking higher education in the said institute? I bet it would be… fun.

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4. Athens Mental Hospital, Ohio, USA

Athens Mental Hospital, USA
Athens Mental Hospital, USA | Image via hercampus.com

Originally called the Athens Lunatic Asylum, the only one of the Ohio mental hospitals which still stands in anything resembling original condition is the Athens Mental Health Center, now known as The Ridges. It opened its doors in 1874, and over the years, the hospital underwent no fewer than nine official name changes, including the Athens Hospital for the Insane, and it stayed in operation until 1993.

Athens Mental Hospital, USA
Athens Mental Hospital, USA

History connotes that there are over 1900 unidentified patients buried in the grounds of this hospital notorious for the lobotomy procedures they undertook. Each headstone is marked by number only, no names attached. Sometime after, a large portion of the grounds was given to Ohio University.

Athens Mental Hospital, USA
Athens Mental Hospital, USA | Image via forgottenoh.com

The hospital closed down in 1993 but one thing that gives this hospital an extra creep factor up to this time is the 1978 disappearance of a female patient. Her corpse was only discovered a year later in an abandoned ward where stains on the tragic scene remained visible for more than three decades later.

3. Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, Australia

Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, Australia
Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, Australia | Image via topyaps.com

Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, formerly known as the haunted Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum, is a decommissioned hospital in Victoria, Australia. Both Beechworth and Ararat (#5) were opened in the same year after Victoria’s lone mental institution suffered became overcrowded. The facility lasted for 128 years and closed its doors in 1995.

Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, Australia
Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, Australia | Image via flickr.com

Ghost tours now run in the building as visitors are regaled with terrifying tales, including the story of James Kelly – uncle of the notorious bushranger, Ned Kelly. Charged with attempted murder, he was initially sentenced to death in June 1868 but was downgraded to 10 years hard labor. He was released from jail to be sent to Ararat Lunatic Asylum and later transferred to the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, where he died on August 26, 1903.

More than 9,000 inmates lost their lives within the walls of the asylum, including a young girl who was mysteriously thrown from a high window, with the reason never being explained. No worries! She is either friendly or oblivious towards the living. Ugh!

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2. Taunton State Hospital, Massachusetts, USA

Taunton State Hospital, Massachusetts, USA
Taunton State Hospital, Massachusetts, USA

Built in 1854, Taunton State Hospital was as a psychiatric hospital located in Taunton, Massachusetts and it brags a horrible yet alarming history. You would understand the entire story if you are aware of the hospital’s most famous patient – Jane Toppan, a serial killer who confessed to having murdered at least 31 people while working as a “nurse.” However, the story involving the people who ran the hospital is even more terrifying than many of the criminally insane patients it housed.

Taunton State Hospital, Massachusetts, USA
Taunton State Hospital, Massachusetts, USA | Image via abandonedamerica.us

Tales that are beyond our imagination has often been the subject of talk including satanic rituals that had been carried out in the basement by the doctors and nurses using the unwilling patients for the proceedings. Since then, it is believed that the basement area has long been consumed by a “shadowy figure” who would come out and crawl on to the walls to watch the patients in the hospital.

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