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NAM KOO TERRACE


Stairway to Nam Koo Terrace Building

Being heard of the most haunted places such as Nam Koo Terrace better known as Wan Chai haunted house locates at 55 Ship street and Star Street Air Raid shelter which inspired me the most when I first went to HK and Macau in 1980s and recently there at the end of 2013, so I decided to head to this place which I explore the historical building of the past.

It was a winter season at that time in Dec, it was cool day for my hubby and I decided to walk down the memory lane in HK and the time went pass quickly.

There is a long concrete steps leading up to the building just beside it and I stood there as if it prevents me from going up and the ‘installed’ surveillance camera at the end of the steps where the gate is locked and barricaded.

Overlooking the Nam Koo Terrace in the city

As we headed to one of the haunted places to see the abandoned building – Nam Koo Terrace that has a long history in the past, is located at Ship Street and it located along the commercial/residential building. I was able to locate the building after I alighted from the public transport in Wan Chai in HK.

We walked along old Wan Chai district along the road and noticed there are not many Hong Kongers around in this district. I looked around the building and it was just in front of us and there was lot of construction on going at that time and it didn’t tear Nam Koo Terrace down, was once called it – Wan Chai Haunted house to local residents in HK for many decades. Built in 1915 in single storey and in 1921 when it built in two storey red brickwork house, I presume. Almost a century old of the old building sits in a forlorn and dilapidated. Was once use as brothel house or ‘comfort’ home to the women used by Japanese during Occupations till 1945. Nam Koo Terrace was also as a suicide house that over 30 ‘suicidal’ people would end their lives there until it was discovered over the years. It is now currently owned by Hopewell Holdings, a major property developer which is building a hotel complex next to the house. Although it was stated that Nam Koo Terrace was not specifically featured in the development plan approved by the Town Planning Board in 1994; the company has pledged to restore the historic site together with the new Hopewell Centre project. Mr. Thomas Wu, Co-Managing Director of Hopewell Holdings.

As my hubby was walking in front of me to look for the building and he stood there still and stared at the wall of the building up the slope. I walked up to him and asked him what happened. He said “I found it and there it is” as he pointed at above the hill where the construction going on, is going to build a hotel complex next to the abandoned house, just besides the construction and there is the stone concrete path steps to walk up and I could look to the right of the house. I felt thrilled to see the dilapidated house. But then I didn’t feel anything at first as it was in the daytime and in the evening soon there were a few people walking pass just outside the road.

When I was about to walk up the concrete steps on the hill slope to face the Nam Koo Terrace and there was a maid and a dog also walked up the steps. But before I felt tingling sensation when I saw a dog looking up at me as I was a few steps above a dog. I turned around and looked at a dog as if I was seeing ‘something’ about him. The maid didn’t notice at all as she was busying on her phone. There was a cool breeze blowing direction on my left when I stood facing the camera where my hubby took.

A ‘Shih Tzu’ dog stood besides Hopewell Holdings written on a banner

It stared straight blankly as it couldn’t hear me when I called out to him as if it saw something above the hill and I would not make out what it was. Because it wouldn’t look at me in the direction where I stood and took a photo just beside it! It was in the evening passed at 6pm and it was getting dark sooner or later.

A Maid and Shih Tzu dog on the concrete steps

Gosh! I was seeing an image of a person at the slope of the hill as if I was in the middle of nowhere after I turned around from the dog. Right after I composed my strong will and the image of a person was gone in seconds. I thought it was due to the cool weather that made me felt about this thing. And it wasn’t. So again, I called out a dog that stood beside the wall of the banner written “Hopewell Holdings”, stood right beside me, it stopped on its track still and it made a sound like ‘argh’ and I thought it was tired because of its running around the place earlier. The sound ‘argh’ and who could think a dog would make a human sound. Sound strange, right? The ‘foreign’ maid told me that they live just behind the abandoned building where the residences live nearby.

Residences building above just behind the Nam Koo Terrace

I walked up to the top of the steps (see above pic) and looked around the terrace and noticed there is a surveillance cameras installed around the house to prevent intruders. I stood still and looked observably at the building and it stopped me from going further up the steps and stared closely as seen in the photo above. It sent chills down my spine as if I was seeing double.

Again my mind was spinning sensation in my head as if someone stood in this building. So I just brushed it off and looked down the dog and the maid who were moving around the steps. When I get down the steps and saw the dog hovering down and not to look at me! The grilled window (pic below) where the ‘opened’ old fashioned grilled gate which I saw the ‘dark’ image stood inside as if the ‘thing’ was lost in space.

1st Level of Nam Koo Terrace

Later, I saw the grilled window of the 1st level where there is a signboard on it indicating that “No Trespassing…” and there are surveillance cameras one at the 1st level and the other one at 2nd level of the building facing the construction from where I stood earlier. Before that, there was no surveillance cameras and many people went in despite of the dangers on the slope of the hill and it was barricaded later that year after a series of incidents have taken place. I noticed the red-brickwork wall was painted in yellow as if it ward off the spirits away!

Banyan Tree next to the building going cut down soon

It was cool weather and I could hear the ‘rustling’ of the bushes and the leaves above the roof of the building as if there was ‘present’ inside the building. I felt goosebumps on my hand.

The Banyan tree that stood next to the abandoned building and the residences’ building and it was going to cut down because there was a mark in yellow pasted onto the tree. Heard from the locals that during at nights, there was eerie sound coming from the tree!

I quickly walked down the steps to where my hubby was just stood at the bottom of the steps because he couldn’t walk up, he would say it’s eerie to walk up the steps facing the abandoned building and there’s lots of surveillance cameras around as if it could capture the sightings or intruders lurking around the building. The last thing I could hear the ‘faint’ voices calling out “Good bye!” echoed in the air while I hastily walked down the steps! I thought it was the residences’ voice above the hill but it was weird voices then.

Such a beautiful red-brickwork villa was once stood away from busy traffic and yet it left abandoned for years till now and it has no future plans announced since 2008. There is a Wan Chai Heritage Trail that was launched on 27 September 2009 by the Old Wan Chai Revitalisation Initiatives Special Committee (OWCRISC) if you would like to explore or you believe it is haunted.

Complied by: Lina