No ghosts, lots of history, on spooky Singapore tour

Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:44pm EST
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By Rina Ota

SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Don't take the Singapore Spooky Tour expecting to see ghosts, but those seeking an old-fashioned thrill in this modern state are likely to get it through insights into abandoned sites and ancient practices.

The tour is conducted by the Asia Paranormal Investigators (API, who spend most of their time poring over legal texts and archives to unravel the beliefs and confusion surrounding supposedly paranormal phenomena.

"It is not a thrill-seeking, ghost-searching expedition," said Charles Goh, API's founder and guide on the tours which started last year.

"Our tours are specially themed educational programs and you will walk through a living, breathing history book that tells you a lot about Singapore," he told Reuters.

"I carry out paranormal investigations, which is research into recovery of lost histories, urban myths, and legends... which helps me bring people to unusual places."

The tour, which takes visitors around the island for about four hours, is listed by the Singapore Tourism Board as one of 20 unique activities to do in the city.

While on the bus, guides play videos and share ghost stories and urban legends.

The first stop is usually the "Village of the Dead" or the Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery.   Continued...