SPI Spooky Walk: Bukit Timah Caves

Posted: January 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                              Stardate: 63564 (Jan 24th, 2010)

Yesterday, dated Jan 23rd, 2010, the Singapore Paranormal Investigators (SPI) had conducted another spooky walk, and the event was the discovery of caves left behind deep within the jungles of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Basically, when you came across or hear “spooky walk”, it definitely have to be something worth thrilling. A suspense, that awaits you. Some would define it, a thrilling sensation that will shiver you to the bones. If you asked me, its not always been. Cause its mainly had to do with the environment, and how the place appeared to be. Other than that, it normally occurs when darkness fall.

Except that yesterday, it wasn’t. It start off at board daylight, specifically in the morning. However, this is not the first time SPI had the spooky walk been conducted in the day. So don’t considered this one as spooky, cause it will be more on hiking.

The fact is, as according to the National Park Boards, visitors are not encouraged to visit the nature reserve during night time, is perhaps one of the reason why. The reserve opening hours were from 0600hrs to 1900hrs. I happened to came across this rule when I was studying about the reserve. Well, as many would say, that safety cannot be compromised, as the reserve were known for its steep climbs and uneven path in most areas. So, as in one piece when coming here, and as one piece when leaving the place.

Furthermore, the discovery of those caves had really caught my attention when I came to know about it through the SPI forum. I wonder how many of us were aware about this? And what about those who visited the reserve? Do they appeared curious when came across the caves while on their hike? If they did, would they bring it up to the reserve visitor center to seek for any inquire about them? Such as it is, curious hikers, by no doubt would be thrilled into it and would like to find out about its secret. Its reason for being here? What’s its purpose? Most curious of all, what lies beneath it? Would there be any “treasures” somewhere deep inside? Or was it somekind of a short cut, that will passage to the other side? The other side of where? Where does it lead?

Few of the SPI Agents, who had previously came across them had the photos been posted into the forum. The photos had proven, for those who are in doubt if this was too good to be true. When this discovery was been surfaced, I sailed my way across the web to seek for the answers, by checking the links under Bukit Timah and any of its related topics. And that’s where I hit a jackpot.

Well….sort of…

It had come to my attention that, the caves were constructed by the Japanese troops when they invade Singapore in 1942. And those who are familiar enough with Singapore history was aware that Bukit Timah was once a fierce battlefield where the British had struggled to fought against the Japanese resistance. But subsequently, they were defeated.

And the purpose of this caves, studies have shown that, this is where the Japs will store their ammos and much other supplies needed. It does come to a point, where the Japs had seize the hill as their terrority after successfully eliminate the British, and they even constructed their Shinto Shrine, and named it as Syonan Jinja. Sounds like a powerful belief for them, don’t you think?

To confirm whether my findings is correct, I decided to confirm this with one of the executive agents who will be leading the event. True enough, the caves were made by the Japanese Army in storing their needs. But however, it was not as what it seems to be in the first place. He had showed me some info related to this, that was been collected and studied by the founder himself and one of the SPI advisors who was an historian. And I just couldn’t believe what I had came across from the reports gathered.

As according to believers, there are known to have three caves in the nature reserve and that they were been used as a torture chambers by the Japanese soldiers. And there have been reports, where the howls from the ghosts of the victims and their apparitions can be heard and seen today near the caves. It was also stated, that there’s somekind of a mass burial grave near the caves and that their cries could be heard till today. Were those the grave where the torture victims were buried?

But after going some reviewed and re-researching, it appears that there have been no record to show that they were used as torture chambers and that their small sizes do not make them an ideal places for torture. Later, it was been discovered that the caves were actually used for storing supplies and ammos by the Japanese Army. Also, another interesting possibility, that the use of the caves was for hiding treasures. This, was been mentioned by a Japanese WWII veteran, as been highlighted by our advisor in his report. I strongly believe that these treasures were belong to the Japs. But in terms of putting it straightforward, were they been brought in from their homeland? Or some wealth been taken here and stored inside the caves?

Well, one may have to wonder what’s the actual possibility been raised here. But its clear to point out, that they were not used as a torture chamber.

Those registered for the event were informed to meet up at Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange at 1030hrs. However, few of our members had decided to meet up at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve instead. Well, nothing wrong with that anyway.

From here, the distance to that, I let the pictures do the talking =)

This kind of challenging places, its best to familiarize yourself with the routes whenever they are available, and in case you have the intention of visiting the place again. From the map given, there are 4 routes:

Route 1 (Red)
Approximate walking time: 45 mins
Trail grade: Easy

Route 2 (Blue)
Approximate walking time: 35 mins
Trail grade: Easy

Route 3 (Green)
Approximate walking time: 1 hr 40 mins
Trail grade: Moderate to difficult

Route 4 (Yellow)
Approximate walking time: 2 hrs
Trail grade: Difficult

And so, from the visitor center, we start off moving up this challenging slope towards the summit. And as what I’ve mentioned earlier, this is where we started hiking.

What a great experience at the first start. Our main objective, is to check on the caves, as what this event is all about. But first, was to check out this quarry, that can be seen from the top of this steep slope we are on. From the map I’ve studied, there appeared to be two quarries located within the reserve. The Hindhere and Singapore Quarry. As from what I’ve notice, we later stopped to take a 5 minute break near to this TAS VHF station. Some radio station, probably. And from the map shown, it appears that the station was located near to Hindhere Quarry, and that we are located at that point. Singapore Quarry was further up. So likewise, we are seeing Hindhere Quarry. Given that the view was been blocked by trees, we can only see part of it.

Map attached. See the part where I had circle, to indicate our present location at this point.

Interestingly, there’s a rumour saying that the quarry is also haunted, as the water from the quarry is still collected from the hill. It was once a popular swimming spot, until several drowning cases which caused the quarry to be closed to the public. It is said that the deaths were caused by water ghosts pulling the victims, as “they were looking for substitutes to help them reincarnate.”


However, those previous agents who had deepen into this research had managed to laid out the explanations to the rumours. It is said that the drowning in the quarry might be due to the bottom of it being uneven and filled with many pits. It’s muddy sea bed also acts like a big suction on the swimmer’s feet.

Well, guess not all are supposed to be creepy because of actual findings managed to surface. But were those bodies involved in the drowning case found? =o

Once our break is done, we continued our trek. Next destination was towards the summit.

The weather had cooled down at this period of time. Part of these reserve had a number of joggers. Seems likely, that it was worth a challenge for them to boost those stamina as they braced those steep hills.

We reached the summit, where many of us eventually collapsed under the summit hut. Hah! =D

Ok, we are set to go again. This time, to get an upclose look at those caves.

The pictures will let you explain how the journey takes.

And finally, we came across the first sighting of the caves. It was been sealed by an iron gate, where I came to found out while doing research, that it was meant to protect the bats that live in the caves from being disturbed by visitors. A mini Night Safari for the bats, I supposed.

Or, was it?

We spend about 10 minutes studying the cave before we head on to the other one which is about 50 meters away. Also, there were bars installed at the mouth of this cave. There appeared to be a light coming right at the end of this cave. You have to squat down in order to see it. Judging by how the way it looks, it was menti0ned that, the distance towards that light is damn far. Looks near, but it was actually further up. I don’t know about the others, but I actually feel a gentle wind blowing out from this one. Perhaps coming from the other end where the light were? Wonder where that leads to? Out into the street? Out into the other side of the reserve? Behind the reserve? Towards the quarry, perhaps? Or was this connected to the other caves?

It turns out that, we only managed to locate two caves. Findings had indicate that there are three of them. But as what the leading agent had in hand, it was mentioned two caves. So now, he’s trying to determine where was the other one. Few of the agents had volunteered to seek further and around this current location for the other one. But after much attempt, the last cave couldn’t be located.

I’ve read through the links, and few blogs that writes about Bukit Timah that many did managed to locate all the three caves. So its positive that the last one is somewhere around here. Was it hidden behind trends of trees that seems like a barrier to it? Don’t tell me we have actually overshot it! =O

Well, seems like two of them were good enough to send the thrilling sensation. I wonder, if there’s some left-over treasures still buried inside these caves. It could be another history yet to be announced if there’s one right now. Never knew all these could be an existence. But it was there, right before our very eyes!

We have a group photo taken at the second cave, where the space there was more opened and wider.

We end our last route, and by the time we reached back the visitor center, the time was 133ohrs, as I had recorded. We took a break there, before departing our way.

Overall, its been a great event and a great workout at the same time. Its starting to become more like an expedition than just a walk.

Its been another successful event for the Singapore Paranormal Investigators! Couldn’t have done it without the help and the support needed =)

  1. Ryan says:

    Top writing! Me too, doesn’t know there were caves there. Maybe someday I dropped by there and take a look at this. =)

  2. Howdy says:

    Hi, I had been there searching for many times but still could not spot the 3rd cave. Did you finally find the 3rd cave?

    • captain24 says:

      If I can recall, its deeply hidden. Me and my gang couldn’t find it at 1st. We just happened to stumbled upon it. By surprised.

  3. Shasha says:

    How do we contact this leading agent which u’ve mention if we want to look for the caves?
    And is it open to public or under restricted area?

    • Mohd Ariffin says:

      Hi there. The leading agent is currently staying at Macao. So its impossible to contact him now. Its not open to public yet.

  4. Shasha says:

    The 3rd caves is after the 2nd caves(the one with lights) ..but it has no bars.. only big rocks surrounding it..and yep hidden behind trees…it doesnt look like a cave because it seems like it has been covered/burried slightly.

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