Travelers will find everything that Hollywood has promised from South East Asia; towering modern architecture, fashion, food, and sun swept golden beaches possessed by the rage filled spirits of thousands of dead Chinese. Welcome to Changi Beach…
Changi beach is to be sure extremely beautiful. One of Singapore’s oldest parks, it is located at the North Eastern tip of Singapore, and covers more than 3 kilometers of the coastline.
During the daytime the more commercial avenues of the park are crowded with tourists and locals alike, but by night you’ll find large areas of the beach completely abandoned other than the tourists that don’t know any better.
Amongst locals, the beach is also known for the constant sounds of strange crying and screaming echoing across an empty beach. In the mornings grave like wholes can be found freshly dug, but that’s just for starters.
There have been more witnesses that have been counted claiming to have seen headless bodies walking the beach. Normally people would straight out say that’s all a little over the top and call hogwash, except for one thing. The headless bodies leave a trail of blood wherever they go.
Singapore itself was under the rule of the British East India Company for 23 years (that same fun bunch of guys that took over Hong Kong for heroine profits). The Japanese “liberated” the city in 1942, and by “liberate” the Japanese meant “take over”. The loss was referred to as “the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history” by Winston Churchill himself.
Although the Japanese were only in possession of Singapore for three years, they managed to get a lot done. Within the same year that they arrived, the Japanese initiated the Sook Ching Operation, better known now as the Sook Ching Massacre.
A quick summary of the operation would be to say that they rounded up thousands of Chinese civilians living in Singapore, brought them down to the beach and executed them. Whatever the Japanese are now, they certainly weren’t nice back then.
Their preferred method of execution was beheading by sword. The term Sook Ching (肅清) means “a purge through cleansing”, but the most commonly used term for the operation by the Japanese was simply Shingapōru Daikenshō (シンガポール大検証), which translates as “great inspection of Singapore”.
We know that from most ghosts or haunting stories that entail the removal of parts from the body, ghosts will stick around and try to find their parts (although normally they don’t leave a trail of blood while they do it).
From a less paranormal respect, Changi Beach is to this day littered with the remains of the dead Chinese. Most were deeply buried under the beach sand, and those that were not have long since been washed out to sea by the tide.
Although skeletons will turn up in fishermen’s nets from time to time, the Singapore government has been extremely shy in the handing out of permits for excavation.