by Master Oregon Chang and team members
One of our team members had served his National Service at Sungei Gedong Camp, which is situated deep within the Lim Chu Kang area of North Western Singapore. He had long heard about an entire estate of HDB which has been abandoned for many years and is rumoured to be haunted. This place is known as Neo Tiew Village and is actually situated near the Sungei Gedong Camp.
Thus, one afternoon, the Team of Asia Paranormal decided to make a trip down to take a look. We had known of the fact that this area is currently a training area for the Singapore Armed Forces, therefore we decided to go in the daytime, in case we run into trouble if there is a live training exercise during the night time.
Before that we did some research, some of the stories regarding this place is as follows:
“Neo Tiew (1883 – 1975) was a pioneer in development of Lim Chu Kang area. He involved in developing roads and setting up schools, clinics and power stations. During World War II, Neo mobilized fellow patriots in aid of the British army in the defence of Lim Chu Kang and Kranji. Sadly, his entire family of 35 was killed in 1942 and only he and his fourth son managed to escape the Japanese.”
"There is a legend that the king of the banana trees was planted behind the flats. One person wanted to strike a fortune in lottery, so he prayed at the tree. He threatened the king by putting seven pins into the tree. After he became rich, he ran off and bought a condo, but forgot to remove the pins. Thus the king of the banana trees died, and the spirit has been seeking revenge since. After this happened, the block of flats became abandoned. “
“In the past, this was a lively estate, when it was built in 1979. The soldiers from the nearby army camps used to frequent its food centers for meals. Then later the place was en bloc in 2002, and the residents evicted elsewhere. Since then, it has been taken over by the SAF for training purposes.”
Here are of photos of its main areas.
General pics of the surroundings
Team Asia Paranormal split in pairs and did a quick walkabout of the main areas, it seems like the whole place is deserted and ruined. There are a lot of signs of neglect and destruction. Even though it was in the daytime, it also does feel very quiet and eerie. There was only the occasional sounds of cars driving past and the cries of birds.
We discover that there are a few blocks of flats, around 6 of them. These are old style HDB flats, only 3 stories high. They all look ruined and neglected. There is also a what we believe is a food center or market and a playground. One of our team members had heard about this playground and it is supposedly haunted, especially during the night. If you hang around this playground at night, it could be dangerous.
The playground rumoured to be very haunted
Other than the signs of wear and tear, we did not detect nor feel anything wrong with the playground.
We decide to proceed into one of the blocks of flats for a quick look. The interior are all full of vandalism and rubbish. There are also army equipment on the ground, no doubt left behind by the training soldiers. There are walls torn down, stairs broken and windows broken.
Joan: This is a Japanese phrase which means "hot"
On the ground lobby, we discovered weirder vandalism.
What's K.U.G? A group? Or an organization?
Overall, Neo Tiew feels just like an abandoned town, no feelings of spookiness and eeriness. Finally, we discovered something eerie and horrifying at one of the ground floor lobbies:
Evidence of Satanic rituals or very bored people?
666 is widely known as the number of the Beast (Satan) in the Book of Revelations, while a pentagram is a religious symbol used in Wiccan, Jewish and Christian traditions. If a goat head is included within the pentagram, it is used as the symbol for the Church of Satan.
The Sigil of Baphomet
Was this place used as a place of worship for Satan, including Satanic rituals? Or was this just the work of bored vandals? We could not confirm too much as there were not any signs or evidence of rituals having taken place here.
Dear readers, what do you think?
During our examination of this wall, we heard noises which seem to be people talking. Looking around somemore, we discovered that we were not alone, as there were other people here. They were foreign construction workers, maybe taking a break here or hiding out here.
Finally, Team Asia Paranormal decided to leave the place. We took one last look at the exterior of the place.
These pics were taken from the exterior
Overall, the rumors and legends attached to this place does not do prove much, as though our exploration. One can only imagine that this place was a lively town until a few years ago. Why would it be haunted, since no prominent incidents took place there?
Our Feng Shui expert explains that even though nothing may have happen there, once a place is abandoned, spirits will linger around and attach themselves to that place due to the lack of human activities. Even if human activities are restored, the spirits will still be around and in some cases, angered by the disturbance. Thus a medium or psychic will be required to cleanse the spirits away before humans can come back in again.