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By: Josh Lew on Oct. 22, 2014, 2 p.m.
Old Changi Hospital in Singapore

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Old Changi Hospital, Singapore

This vacant hospital in the booming city-state of Singapore is surrounded by ghost stories. Changi was built in 1935 by the English and first named the Royal Air Force Hospital. It served colonial and local troops stationed in Singapore. After the British withdrew from the country in 1975, the hospital changed its name to Changi and began serving Singapore's army and eventually the general public. However, when a newer facility took over for Changi in the 1990s, the old building was simply abandoned. Redevelopment projects have fallen through in recent years.

The hospital has a reputation for hauntings, thanks to urban legends and ghost hunting television shows. People wandering the now-vacant halls tell of hearing voices speaking Hokkien, the main Chinese dialect used in Singapore when the hospital was first built. To architecture aficionados and history buffs, however, Old Changi is a great example of the kind of colonial-era architecture that is quickly disappearing in ultra-modern Singapore.