Whether you believe in ghosts or not, it’s interesting to read stories about the places where people have supposedly experienced “paranormal activities”. Often, these haunted locations are enriched with urban legends or myths.  Some have such compelling stories that they are portrayed in movies where characters are put into a situation where they must “fight the evil”.   Many cultures and religions have some sort of belief in an afterlife – an existence on the other side of the death and beyond the physical realm.  These beliefs are widespread across the world, which provides a wide assortment of mystical locations in just about every country.

For this reason, we would like to share a list of five most haunted and mystical places in the world. If you should choose to visit them… be warned:   your safety is not guaranteed…

Dumas Beach, Surat, India

Dumas Beach, India

At first glance, this black sanded beach might seem like an ordinary beach in India: there are many tourists walking around, many great restaurants and clubs where you can enjoy yourself, and lots of other tourist attractions perfectly suitable for a pleasant vacation. However, locals firmly believe that Dumas Beach is haunted. Why? Some years ago this beach was used as a crematorium. The area was used to burn the bodies of the dead, a typical method of burial for the Hindu population.  Some visitors have said that they heard strange voices telling them to “go back”; some have noted that they heard voices even when the place was deserted.  Perhaps the souls of the dead remain in the ash that fell into the sea, then washed upon the sandy shore.  Or perhaps not… depending on your belief in the concept of a “soul”.  Paranormal investigators report the usual “orbs” in photos and videos, but offer no real evidence of tortured ghosts.

Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong, China

Tuen Mu Road

Many countries have a road which is famous for the wrong reasons:  so-called black holes, which somehow attract a lot of car “incidents” where people are inevitably killed. However, Tuen Mun Road is probably the most famous for the horrific number of fatal accidents which took place there over the years. Some say that it is due to poor design of the road, narrow lanes, blind spots, poor maintenance, and weather.   Others believe that malevolent ghosts materialize in the middle of the road, distracting drivers and causing them to crash.  The Chinese government is supposedly doing their best to make the road better, but accidents still happen frequently. With each fatal accident, the number of wandering ghosts increases, creating a feedback loop of death.

What does the data say?  In order to assess the relative safety performance of Tuen Mun Road, a panel compared the number of accidents and the accident rate per million vehicle-kilometre of Tuen Mun Road and other expressways in Hong Kong. The Panel noted that Tuen Mun Road had the highest number of traffic accidents in the past ten years. However, using a more encompassing rate measured in terms of number of accidents per million vehicle-kilometre, the performance of Tuen Mun Road is better than the overall average, and is on par with other expressways including those more recently built to the current standards (e.g. Western Kowloon Expressway, Cheung Tsing Highway etc).

Aokigahara, Japan

Aokigahara Forest

Aokigahare is probably the creepiest place in Japan. Otherwise known as Suicide Forest, it’s a place where people go to die.  It has received a lot of attention both from media and government which attempts to prevent people from completing the grisly task. A sign on the edge of the forest reads, “Let’s think once more about the life you were given, your parents, your brothers and sisters, and children. Don’t suffer alone first please contact somebody.”   A phone number for a help hotline is listed below those words.

In 2010, over 200 people attempted suicide in the forest.  On average, 30 suicides are documented each year. It is believed that suicide attempts peak in March, at the end of the Japanese fiscal year, when people have to deal with their financial issues. There is also a legend saying that the forest is full of angry spirits those were left to perish because of the old Japanese tradition of ubasute, when an elderly or ill person is abandoned and left to die in a remote location.  The forest is reputedly haunted by the angry spirit) of those left to die.

Spirits or not, a stroll in this forest might not be particularly relaxing… especially if one discovers human remains on the forest floor or hanging from a tree…

Cinco Saltos, Argentina

practicing witchcraft

Cinco Salto once was known as the city of witches, and, like others locations on this list, is considered haunted. Despite this claim, the town has been inhabited for about 100 years.  Nearby Bajo Negro is considered the epicenter of darkness; some people reported that they have seen individuals dressed in black performing demonic rituals.  In addition to allegations witchcraft, others have even claimed to see UFOs (though no one can explain how the two are related… perhaps the witches are calling them down?).  The place is surrounded by myths, legends, and stories about the mystical events that took place there over the years. If you have the chance to visit, ask the locals to share their stories with you.

Witch House, Massachusetts, USA

witch house

Witch House was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin and is the only structure still standing with direct ties to the Salem witch trials of 1692. As a local magistrate and civic leader, Corwin was called upon to investigate the claims of diabolical activity when a surge of witchcraft accusations arose in Salem Village and the surrounding community.  The Salem witch trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693.

More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft, which was considered “the Devil’s magic”.  Twenty people were executed (they were not burned at the stake, but rather, hanged). While no interrogations or trial proceedings were conducted in Witch House itself, the structure is still reported to be haunted by the spirits of those who were sentenced to death.  The house now is a museum dedicated to colonial times.