To start off, the old Changi Hospital was built only last century in 1935, and was initially called the Royal Air Force (RAF) Hospital. During World War II, it saw numerous war casualties, and eventually when the Japanese occupied Singapore, Changi Hospital was reportedly used as a prison compound – and rumours are that extensive torture took place. Many people died there as a result and after the Japanese left, rumours began spreading that the Old Changi Hospital was haunted with the tortured souls of the victims whom the Japanese brutally tortured. Since then, there are many stories and rumours about the hauntings and some people claimed to have witnessed it first-hand and were lucky they survived. At one point, there was a horror movie cum documentary about Old Changi Hospital, where a group of local filmmakers began exploring the famously haunted Old Changi Hospital in Singapore and then pieced together the original Haunted Changi footage to tell the full story.
Pertaining to whether it is truly haunted or not, it triggered a few response from people. Some people really believed that it is haunted while some laughed it off and did not believe so, and there are of course, those that don’t give a hoot about it. Personally, I don’t really believe that it is haunted but no one can be sure when it comes to the world of the supernatural. After all, there are many things we do not know about the paranormal world.
Anyways, a website known as 360 degree snapshot came up with a 360° interactive tour of the Old Changi hospital premises. From the creepy facade to the dilapidated grounds, now you get to see everything in high resolution, as well as a black-and-white version of the tour, just to make things creepier.
I went to try out both the coloured and non-coloured versions and I must admit that it does look pretty ominous and creepy, especially the black and white version. If you want to enhance the sense of creepiness and make the whole thing look more ominous; you might want to try looking through it in the black and white version I the middle of the night, along with some creepy horror music.
But here’s the thing. Being creepy and being scary are two different, distinct and separate emotions altogether. While it might look and feel creepy, especially if you browse through the photos at night, it is not that scary or frightening in any way. To me, it is just a bunch of black and white photos of an old hospital cum former torture site. There is no scary stuff like jump scares or ghostly figures and so on. There is not even anything that implies the presence of a spirit or some other otherworldly figure. Maybe it is because it is just a virtual tour, and not the real deal. The overall feeling and experience is certainly different. Maybe if I actually visit Old Changi Hospital itself to get a first-hand exposure, I might think differently. But if I just visit it from home via snapshots, I don’t feel it is scary, just a bit creepy only.
To end off, I just want to emphasize that there is a huge distinction in between staring at photos online and visiting the place itself, as well as the overall emotions and perception you get out of it at the end. So if I were to visit Old Changi Hospital from home, as far as I am concerned, I would say it’s does feel creepy but scary? No. Not at all.
In any case, if you want to view the 360 snapshot or go on the virtual tour of Old Changi Hospital, here’s the link below.
http://www.360snapshots.com/assets/panos/201303-oldchangihospital-bw-tour/ (Black and white version)