A visit to the abandoned Istana Woodneuk

Dear Passion.Courage.Fun peeps! Two weeks ago, we embarked on a trip to the abandoned building where unusual “festivities” were said to be seen taking place @ night: Istana Woodneuk. To make it more exciting, we went in the evening, just before the sun set.

getting_to_woodneukWe began @ Farrer Park MRT and it was a 15 min walk before we reached a path we had to cross, that was near a bus stop.

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The path we were supposed to use, but was closed off.
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Getting ready to bash in
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Climbing the steep slope 
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Happily trudging down the path to our first destination!

In no time, we reached an olden guard house. It was interesting to see how an olden guardhouse looked like and what remained of it.

We stayed for a while, but moved on quickly, as we wanted to get to Istana Woodneuk before night fell.

Thick vegetation surrounded the remains of Istana Woodneuk.

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The old mansion, built by Sultan Abu Bakar ibni Daing Ibrahim for his fourth wife Sultana Khadijah during 1890s, caught fire on 10 September 1905. The building was subsequently renovated by the Sultan’s son in the 1930s. During the Japanese invasion in World War II, 1942, it was used as a hospital for casualties. Unfortunately, the building became a target, and another fire broke out. 700 medical workers and soldiers were burnt to death.

We came to a clear path that led straight to Istana Woodneuk.

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#Istanagram – 1942

When we entered the building, we could feel the energy shift, and it was not a pleasant one. It was expected though, come to think of the history of this place and the suffering that the souls who once inhabited it had gone through. And since then, this very resting ground that housed so many had been simply abandoned, to date, for approximately 60 years. As far as improvement or development, nothing, from our knowledge, has ever been done to this building.

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A bathtub of contaminated black water – makes one uneasy.
Creative graffiti with demonic references
Creative graffiti with demonic references

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The damaged – but still rather elegant-looking stairway that royalty once walked upon.
The damaged – but still rather elegant-looking stairway that royalty once walked upon.

It felt surreal that a deserted and badly damaged building – Istana Woodneuk – was once where the royalty had lived, where festivities had taken place, where events had lighted up the place with colors and vibrancy. Finally, intrigued by the experiences of our senses thus far, we made our way up to the collapsed rooftop, using only a ladder to get up there.

The unstable structure is evidenced by the damaged roof.
The unstable structure is evidenced by the damaged roof.
The rusted ladder was our only tool to get to the rooftop.
The rusted ladder was our only tool to get to the rooftop.

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The narrow path to get over to the other side – not for the faint-hearted, and those with fear of heights.
The narrow path to get over to the other side – not for the faint-hearted, and those with fear of heights.
More overgrown bathtubs with black water
More overgrown bathtubs with black water

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Upon 7pm, we left Istana Woodneuk and made a move to Botanic Gardens. (Hope nothing followed us!)

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And finally, we were embraced by the sights, sounds and scenery of the lovely Botanic Gardens in the night time.

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