On the foundation of old land with a lot of history, a new park was built called Pasir Ris Park. But the legends surrounding the mangrove forest followed into the modern day busy Singapore.
On the foundation of old land with a lot of history, a new park was built called Pasir Ris Park. But the haunted legends of ghost and vampiric creatures surrounding the mangrove forest followed into the modern day busy Singapore.
The park of Pasir Ris is a fairly new park, built first in the late 80s the reports of strange occurrences started trickling in. And in the following year the park expanded as well as the legends surrounding it.
The surrounding area that connects the entrances to the popular jogging routes of Pasir Ris Park is Sungei Api Api, a river known to be a place filled with murders and suicides from old times. It was also believed this was the place black magic was practiced in the olden days because of the thick forest.
The Bird Tower in Pasir Ris Park
There are many spots the local deems as haunted. One of these hot spots, or cold spots if you will, is the Bird Tower in Pasir Ris Park. Located a bit away from the beach in the mangrove forest, it is not necessarily something that you see at once. During the day it looks like a cute and peaceful tower that was built for peaceful birdwatching in the area. But at night the atmosphere changes and the experiences people have seen or experienced themselves have made it so that it is known as the ‘suicide tower’, and apparently it is haunted.
One of these urban legends that is the most told, and perhaps that started the rumours is the one about the boy with the third eye that died from falling down the tower. The third eye is something that in some lores makes you able to see ghosts according to folklore. The story goes that decades ago he was hanging out in the Pasir Ris Park with his friends and played around.
He spotted something at the tower that was not of this world and told his friends about it. Was it a ghost? The boy along with his friends agreed to come back at night on their bike for further explorations about the strange things he saw.
They were all resting at the bottom of the tower, but suddenly, the boy with the third eye stood up and ran up the stairs, climbing to the top of the tower and — jumped. The fall turned out to be deadly.
Some of the friends ran to get help while the rest stayed back and watched over their friend as he was slowly dying. Right before he died of the fall, he told them about a feeling of being pushed from the tower. According to him it was an entity that forcefully made him fall. And according to the story he died on his way to the hospital.
From then on it has been known as the suicide tower, as there have actually been several incidents of people taking their life there.
The Vampiric Pontianak
In recent times there have also been more reports on two women standing at the top of the tower. According to some, it is possible pontianaks, a malayan and indonesian folklore vampiric ghost of a female who is a deadly creature, which is also been rumoured to roam the area in Pasir Ris Park.
They are also the ones rumoured to haunt the areas around the beach, where the trees grow tall and thick. The Pontianak (Malayan), or the Kuntilanak (Indonesian), shows up in mythology and folklore in different shapes. Both in the form of a pregnant woman unable to give birth or as a vengeful female spirit with a vampiric touch. Signs like a baby crying or a scent of the plumeria flower or a decaying corpse warns she is around. She is using her appearance as a beautiful woman to lure men, killing them with her long fingernails by removing their organs.
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The Ghost on the Bench
The fear of ghosts and pontianaks was the thing locals and visitors alike have when hearing stories like a female runner told of when she herself experienced something she could only explain as paranormal. She went for a jog along the place where sightings of the paranormal sort has been reported and came back a believer.
On one of her runs in Pasir Ris Park, she encountered something that looked like a woman sitting on one of the benches in the park. There was something off about her, just sitting there by herself at night in the dark. The strangest thing about her was that it looked like she had no legs when the runner looked more closely.
A lot could explain this strange sight she managed to take a picture of in Pasir Ris Park that night. It might have just been a woman resting on a bench with her legs pulled up. But this was only one of the things she experienced that night in the park.
As the jogger ran past the strange looking woman, she later heard someone or something calling out her name. Problem was there was no one there, especially not one that knew her name.
However the woman managed to snap a photo and the picture fueled the fire about and many had their own theories and experiences about what lived inside of Pasir Ris Park.
These are just some of the occurrences that have been reported in this brand new and modern park. And even in a modernised place like Singapore, the old legends and lores of old times keep on having its place in this country.
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