Colonial buildings are usually more recognizable by appearance than by name – if you’ve been to Stanley in the past 10 years, you’ve probably walked past the Murray House and even seen people taking professional graduation and wedding photos there. Murray House may have a beautiful exterior, but it also has a dark and spooky past that will make you think twice before entering the building:
Built in 1844, Murray House was originally located in Central and served as officers’ quarters of the Murray Barracks until the 1960s. It was named after Sir George Murray, a British soldier and politician. The architects Major Aldrich and Lieutenant Collinson incorporated both Eastern and Western style in its architectural design, as the design includes a granite façade with pillars paired with a Chinese-style red roof and elegant verandahs. In 1982, it was taken apart stone by stone to make way for the construction of the Bank of China tower, but it was then reassembled and relocated to Stanley in 1998.
With over 160 years of history, this colonial building is bound to have a collection of rumoured ghost sightings and scary ghost stories. During World War II, the building was used as the headquarters of the Japanese military police, of which over 4,000 Hong Kong civilians were tortured and executed at this exact spot. Between the years of 1960 and 1970, there were rumoured sightings of poltergeists making a mess at the offices in the building. Therefore, to help free the lost souls trapped in this former execution spot, the building was exorcised twice during these years. Despite the exorcisms and relocation, the building still has a dark and eery vibe especially during night time. Rumours claim that a headless ghost still roams one of the bathrooms and that typing sounds can be heard in the dead of night.