6 Asian Ghost Stories That Are Creepy AF
The Hungry Ghost month might be over, but we’re still in the mood for creepy stories because Halloween is just a few more weeks away. Here are some Asian urban legends that are guaranteed to creep you out.
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Additional text: Cheryl Lim
Slit-mouthed woman (Japan)
The Kuchisake-onna (slit-mouthed woman) is believed to be the malicious spirit of a woman who was had her mouth slit open by her husband. She would approach her victims and askm “Am I pretty?” Spoiler alert: There’s no right or wrong answer, because either way she’ll try to slice your face open.
Marble sounds (Singapore)
It’s said that some HDB dwellers have heard sounds of marble rolling across the floor in the unit above theirs at night. But upon further investigation, it would seem that their upstairs neighbours have no children, or that the unit is unoccupied. So obviously the next logical conclusion is that the “tok tok tok” sounds were caused by ghosts.
Jiang Shi (China)
“Jiang shi” translates to “stiff corpse” in Chinese. Although it looks very similar to zombies in Western culture, it’s actually more like a vampire. It’s believed that these reanimated corpses kill people in order to absorb their “life essence”. The jiang shi is often depicted as a decaying corpse that hops around due to its stiff limbs, but interestingly enough, this urban legend might have stemmed from an old Chinese practice of transporting a deceased person back to their hometown. In olden times, those who are poor could not afford to transport the body using a vehicle, so it’ll be manually carted back home whilst propped upright on two bamboo sticks – and when seen from afar, it’ll look as if the corpse is hopping around.
Fan death (South Korea)
One Korean superstition is that you should never sleep with an electric fan blowing directly at you in a room without ventilation (i.e., closed doors or windows). While there’s no concrete proof for this, there were 20 reported cases of “asphyxiations caused by leaving electric fans and air conditioners on while sleeping” from 2003 to 2005 in Korea. Better err on the side of caution, we guess?
The Sweet Girl of Ancol Bridge (Indonesia)
It is said that a ghost by the name of Maryam haunts the Ancol Bridge in Jakarta, Indonesia. The urban legend says that Maryam was raped and killed by her suitor, who then dumped her body in a nearby rice field. The locals believe that her ghostly presence on Ancol Bridge is the reason why there’s been many traffic accidents in the area.
Nam Koo Terrace (Hong Kong)
This building saw some atrocities happen within its walls during the Japanese occupation, and is believed to be haunted by the spirits of those who died violent deaths there. It’s also colloquially known as “The Wan Chai Haunted House”. In 2003, Nam Koo Terrace made headlines when a group of teenagers broke in, and three of the girls were reportedly possessed and had to be hospitalised.