Spookiest Places In Korea

South Korea is deep-rooted in tradition and its people are firm believers in mysticism and the supernatural. Ghost stories as old as time are passed down from generation to generation, and there are numerous locations across the country that locals firmly believe are haunted by individuals who have experienced unfortunate events. Here are some of the best ones.

Pohang Hospital

The grim journey starts in Pohang, a coastal town. The infamous Pohang Hospital, built during the Korean War, has seen tragedy unfold countless times within its walls. Death seems to have lingered beyond its cruel years, as there have been many accounts of supernatural sightings and paranormal activities in the old hospital.

Ghastly Grounds: Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital

Abandoned in the 1990s, Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital is notorious for patient mistreatment and alleged paranormal activity. Eerie stories abound of disembodied voices, wandering apparitions, and even unexplained occurrences. Dare to peek inside (tours are available, but enter at your own risk!)

The Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan

South Korea’s second-largest city has its share of chills. The Gamcheon Culture Village, with its colourful houses, is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young girl who disappeared there. For a more historical scare, be mindful of the supposedly restless spirits at the Gamman Bridge, built during the Japanese occupation. Take a train ride from hotels in Busan, South Korea the likes of Citadines Connect Hari Busan to learn some spooky tales that may or may not be fiction.

Fortress of Frights: Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Fortress – Image via Flickr

A UNESCO World Heritage Site by day, the Hwaseong Fortress transforms at night. Legends speak of a vengeful ghost searching for a lost child, and sightings of shadowy figures patrolling the ramparts. The eerie silence and imposing structure amplify the sense of unease.