South Korea’s Haunted Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital
If any story is as creepier and freakier as the Haunted ByBerry Mental Asylum or Beechworth Lunatic Asylum , one would think of Haunted Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital in South Korea, known for housing mentally disabled people.
The story of this abandoned psychiatric hospital later became the premise of a horror film called Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum. The film opened theatrically in South Korea on 28 March 2018 and in USA on 13 April 2018.
Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital is famed as one of the major haunted sites in South Korea roamed by ghosts from the Korean War, and the Neulbom Garden, a former restaurant where it was reported that sounds of dishes being washed were heard.
Gonjiam is an actual asylum that was shut down in a cloud of controversy. It has multiple floors, but the ground floor was the darkest and the spookiest in many ways and was overrun with ghosts. Since this was a former psychiatric hospital, ghosts of former, mentally ill patients reside there.
It is filled with hospital remnants, trash, and filthy mattresses, adding to its creepy and haunted reputation.
According to rumors, many patients in Gonjiam died under mysterious circumstances. Some even claim that the director was mentally ill as well; he allegedly held 30 patients hostage and was the cause of their deaths.
Eventually, the director made a run for it and abandoned this facility without leaving documentation behind about the land or the buildings on it. Gonjiam was forced to close mainly due to economic downturns, unsanitary conditions, and problems with the sewage disposal system, not due to insane doctors or murderous patients.
The building is believed to be covering the graves of resistance fighters who were killed in the Japanese occupation so that they would remain hidden. Rumor also has it that it was a site of barbaric scientific experimentation on its patients during the 1950s and 1960s.
Undoubtedly the first floor was the creepiest to explore, because it was darker. A thrill-seeker who once visited the hospital said, “The farther down the hallway I went, the darker it got. I was acutely aware I was alone and every sound was heightened in my senses.
Even if I didn’t think there were actual ghosts that would attack me, I kept thinking of live serial killers lurking in the rooms waiting to jump out and kill me. It’s one of those times I felt rather vulnerable and did feel like I was in a horror movie.”
The hospital is rarely visited by locals, but thrill-seekers break in and roam the grounds of Gonjiam Psychiatric hospital every year. If you like creepy places, have a sense of adventure, and are in the neighborhood of Seoul, South Korea, take some time to visit Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital.
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