WARNING: Some of these stories may shock you.
From creepy cemeteries to eerie islands, paranormal places attract our attention. Some of the destinations on your bucket list have a dark history, and after learning about them, the hairs on the back of your neck may stand up a little straighter when you visit. Read about the World’s Most Haunted Places, and view the cruises that will take you there…if you dare.
Great Wall of China, Beijing, China
Built to protect the Chinese Empire from invasion, construction of the Great Wall of China started as early as 7th century BC and stretches over 5,000 miles long. More than 1 million soldiers are estimated to have died during its construction, and many visitors have reported seeing ghosts walking along the wall, smelling fire or hearing the sound of marching footsteps but seeing no one around.
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Poveglia Island, Venice, Italy
This small, secluded island sits just south of Venice and has a sick (literally) and twisted history. Back when the bubonic plague was wiping out entire populations, the infected were quarantined off to Poveglia Island to live out the rest of their days. The hospital on the island was used as an insane asylum where the doctor would conduct brutal experiments on the residents. The doctor eventually jumped (or was pushed) off the bell tower and met his demise. The ghosts of his patients can still be heard, and felt, creeping around the island.
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Tower of London, London, England
During its 900 years of existence, the Tower of London has earned the reputation as one of the most haunted places in England. Many famous people were held captive and have died here. Due to its gruesome history, the Tower of London is home to many ghostly sightings, including the ghost of Anne Boleyn who was beheaded. Her headless body has been reportedly seen walking the Tower’s corridors.
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Tao Dan Park, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
With over 24 acres of beautiful gardens shaded by tall trees, Tao Dan Park gives residents of Ho Chi Minh City a place to escape the fast-paced rhythm of the city. But when night falls, some locals have a hard time relaxing. It is said that the ghost of a young man who was killed many years ago still wanders the park, looking for his lost lover.
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Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Upon visiting the Recoleta Cemetery, one grave that is a must-see is that of Rufina Cambaceres, a young girl that was said to be buried alive. Born into a wealthy family, Rufina’s life came to a tragic end when she suddenly collapsed. Doctors pronounced her dead, and her body was placed in a coffin and sealed in her mausoleum. Days after Rufina’s funeral, a cemetery worker noticed the coffin was moved and lid broken in several places. When he opened the coffin, he found several scratch marks inside. As the legend goes, Rufina woke up in her coffin after having been mistakenly pronounced dead and tried to break free, but suffocated to death. Rufina’s heartbroken father rebuilt her tomb to portray her opening the door to her own grave. At night, her gruesome shadow roams the cemetery and unearths dead bodies to ensure they haven’t suffered the same terrible fate.
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