Indonesia is not only well known for the different cultures and religions that make up the country, the nation is also known for many mystical legends and beliefs that vary and are believed by the people throughout the entire country. From all the myths and legends, haunted places and sights came to surface to excite your adrenaline and fear level to the maximum. Certainly, Indonesia is a great place for you to explore, but we suggest you read on for some great scare-spirations to explore!
If you live in Indonesia, chances are that you would perhaps have heard of this horror landmark at least once or twice in your life. Located in the city of Semarang, the landmark referred to as Lawang Sewu is one of the city's most iconic and historic place that holds so much mystery, enough for people to want to go exploring in the area.
Built during and by the Dutch colonization in the early 1900's, Lawang Sewu was originally built as the head office for the Dutch East Indies Railway until the early 1940's. The massive structure is located in the center of the city, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Semarang. The landmark itself consists of numerous rooms and dark tunnels within it, and has been a popular place for sightings of both Dutch and Japanese soldiers roaming about the area.
Despite Jakarta being one of the most modern metropolitans in the entire Indonesian archipelago, the city has a darker side to it as well. Since Indonesia is made up of numerous cultures and religions, it's no surprise that the country comes with different tales and folklores compared to other places in the rest of the world. When looking for a haunted location in the city of Jakarta, make a little visit to Menara Saidah for the ultimate scare.
The dark and abandoned building is a 28-story building surrounded and filled with Roman-style architecture. What used to be a corporate building closed down in 2007 and has been empty since then due to building safety flaws that stopped it from operating any further. If you’re looking for a real scare, you’ll be spooked by this building for sure. From ghost sightings of spirits that have taken their lives in the building, to a more violent group of spirits that would go to certain extremes to let you know of their existence - we guarantee Menara Saidah will give you a scare of a lifetime.
When you visit the city of Bandung, you'll naturally be taken to a time before you were born. The city of Bandung is home to neighborhoods and streets of preserved Dutch-era buildings and housing. With that said, the entire atmosphere of the city is indeed affected by the numerous vintage and historical sights that lie in the city.
We’re sure you’re aware of those creepy cult movies about mysterious houses or buildings that seem relatively normal, but in reality what goes around inside is a lot darker than you would have ever imagined or thought of. Well, good news for you! We have just the place for you known as Rumah Gurita, located in the city of Bandung. From the outside, the house looks like your ordinary next-door neighbor house, with a little twist: a big black octopus hanging on one side of the house's roof. As if it weren't bizarre enough already, the exterior of the house is decorated with symbols associated with satanism. Mysteriously, no one has ever been to solve the mystery as to what is contained in the house... scary, right?
Of course, when it comes to exploring the nation of Indonesia, Bali is perhaps one of the most frequently visited places in the entire nation. With that said, it’s no wonder that the island is home to thousands of beautiful resorts and villas offering a safe and comfortable stay for the many visitors of Bali. However, things don’t always go as planned, and some of these resorts stop operating forever with only fading traces of its very last visitors.
If you haven’t already heard of the Bedugul Taman Rekreasi Hotel, it’s perhaps due to the reason that it is located within the central highlands of Bedugul, which is at least 50 km north of the popular city, Kuta. Legend says it that many workers died during the hotel’s construction, and is now believed to be only “one” aspect that is said to haunt the place. The rest, well, let’s say that it’s mostly related to the Balinese culture and a mixture of religious beliefs. To top it off, it’s not just your typical Holiday Inn, you’ve got so much ground to cover and explore (if you’re up for it) for a thrilling experience in the haunted grounds.
If you enjoying learning about the spiritual world and the darker side of the universe, then you’re probably aware of the theory regarding the fact that many volcanic landmarks are in fact very much a gateway to the earth’s core, meaning that it’s closer to… you guessed it, hell. Don’t believe us, if you don’t want to, but we’ll be talking about the haunted premises of the Gunung Merapi volcano in the city of Yogyakarta.
Yogyakarta is a city famous for its endless sights of volcanic beauty and landscapes. Aside from all the cultural sights that you can enjoy, there's a darker twist to the city that you can explore for a real life thrill (if you dare). Surrounding the premises of the infamous volcano, you'll find that the atmosphere is mysterious and heavy - and no, it's not because of the lava beneath. People in Indonesia believe that places with extreme heat and fire are closely connected to the "other" dimension. Coincidence or not, the Gunung Merapi area is said to be a place of high paranormal activity. Due to the fact that the volcano has erupted many times since its existence, many places surrounding the volcano was struck and resulted in many unfortunate lives being taken. Our tip for you, is to always respect the places you go to. You don't always know its history, and you wouldn't want to offend "anyone" there!
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