Changi Beach: Massacre, Executions and Haunting

Changi Beach: Massacre, Executions and Haunting

Changi Beach, Singapore

Changi Beach is an idyllic stretch of white sand, clear water and is dotted with palm trees. While its appearance looks pristine and inviting, its history tells a different story.

Haunted Changi Beach.
A stroll along one of the most haunted places in Singapore, Changi Beach.

WWII lead to Singapore becoming occupied by the Japanese. The war was to trigger many terrible events including the Sook Ching Massacre, which was arguably one of the most heinous to occur in Singapore. The name of this massacre literally translates to ‘cleansing purge’ and resulted in the executions of many Chinese people within Singapore.

Although the Sook Ching Massacre saw many executed in various places, the death total at Changi Beach reached 66. These 66 men were all killed together. They were tied to one another and forced to walk across the beach towards the water. As they hit the water’s edge, they were gunned down in a vicious manner. Those who did not die from their gunshot wounds were left to drown in the water. To complete this horrid process, all of the victims’ bodies were recovered and hacked apart with the use of bayonets, fully ensuring death.

Massacre on Changi Beach.
A visual representation of what the Changi Beach Massacre would have looked like.

The bodies of these unfortunate Chinese men were buried in nearby mass graves, dug out by prisoners of war. This dark event has stained the history of this area and led to the belief that the stretch of beach its surrounding areas may, in fact, be haunted.

Ghosts of Changi Beach

Visiting the site of such a terrible massacre is enough to send chills down anyone’s spine. Some people have, however, reported far more spine chilling phenomena to occur in this area.

Palm trees on Changi Beach, Singapore.
Palm trees line this haunted beach, deceiving us of the dark past this place possesses.

Many claim that Changi Beach is one of the most haunted places in the country. There have been countless reports of visitors to the beach experiencing strange, unexplainable sounds. These are typically described as weeping, wailing, screaming or crying out for help. There have also been the phantom sounds of gunshots echoing across the empty stretches of sand.

Massacre site on Changi Beach.
Waves lapping at the shoreline of the site mass executions took place.

Visual phenomena have also been said to occur. Some have seen eerie puddles of blood form and pool amongst the grains of sand that cover Changi Beach. These appear without an identifiable source and tend to disappear quickly after being spotted. In addition to the blood stains along the beach, many have also claimed to spot bizarre apparitions that seem fitting to the circumstances of the massacre. Some people have claimed to witness the heads of Chinese men either bobbing aimlessly in the water or even flying at speed across the shoreline. Headless bodies have also been spotted by some walking the same stretch of beach that they were likely executed upon.

Haunted places in Singapore.
Wandering along a very haunted shoreline in Singapore.

Interestingly there have even been others who have claimed to sight what can only be described as the actual executions taking place. This is thought to be trapped energy resulting in a residual haunting and basically showcases scenes that are doomed to replay throughout time.

Spirits of Changi Beach.
Attempting to communicate with spirits that may reside in the area of Changi Beach.

Whilst there appear to be significant levels of paranormal activity occurring in the area where the massacre happened, further reports of hauntings surrounding this area exist. Some of the beach houses in the area are reportedly haunted by violent entities. Some visitors to these properties have allegedly experienced poltergeist activity or been scratched aggressively. There are also reports of a woman in white who prowls the area, often crying in pain as if having just lost a loved one.

Visiting Changi Beach

Changi Beach is a beautiful place to visit in Singapore, despite its blood-soaked history. A marker displaying information about the beach’s massacre can be located on the beachfront, across from various food establishments and bars. Entry is free and the area is accessible via bus routes from the city.

Hand sculpture on Changi Beach.
An interesting sculpture that sits on the shore of this haunted beach.

If you are interested in learning about other haunted places with ties to WWII in Asia, I recommend checking out Malinta Tunnel in the Philippines.

Thanks for reading!


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Comments (6)

  • Patricia

    Posted by Patricia on March 8, 2021

    Thank you for the visuals on Changi beach. As a newly walking toddler I was in Changi village with my parents. I remember waking between vendors who spread their goods out either side on cloths. Strangers kept touching my hair because I was blonde!! My dark haired sister asked why. My dad was RAF. Both parents have passed now but I still have fond memories.


      Posted by Amy on March 14, 2021

      Thanks for sharing Patricia (and for reading). Gruesome history asside, the beach and park are quite pleasant places to stroll today.

  • Allan Thompson

    Posted by Allan Thompson on June 22, 2022

    When I was stationed at Changi in the 1960s I used to swim from the beach a few times each week and I never experienced any bad feelings. Even when I went to the beach after dark I always felt at ease and the only creatures I encountered were cockroaches and harmless sand crabs, never anything at all spooky. The souls of the massacred men must have been at pece when I was there.


      Posted by Amy on June 25, 2022

      Thanks for sharing your experience Allan.

  • Guang Yu

    Posted by Guang Yu on September 26, 2022

    The interesting sculpture with the hand and finger, I just realized me and my dad went to cycle there in the morning. Now to come think of that, it struck the back of my neck, without realizing it at all after seeing images from my phone. Thank you Amy’s Crypt for this changi beach story.


      Posted by Amy on October 16, 2022

      Thanks for reading.

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