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Eerie personal accounts of ghostly encounters in South Korea

By AllK_Maknae   Friday, September 30, 2016   98,193   98,889   0



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With Halloween just around the corner, there is no better time to read some disturbing, spooky ghost stories that have happened in Korea! 

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From horror stories in the army to scary tales in school dorms, Korea has a plethora of hauntings going on. Check out these spooky web postings that will definitely give you goosebumps. Don't forget to read this article with the lights off.

Disclaimer: These stories may or may not be true. The article has no intention of bearing any relation to actual events, people, etc. The stories are gathered from various Korean web posts and boards. 

Hide and Seek Alone

This is a popular game originating from Japan, and Korean students have tried this spooky game of hide and seek involving a voodoo doll on more than one occasion. One student told a personal story of playing this, including details of every step they followed in order to play and not become possessed by the evil spirit. Starting at 3:00 am, it involves making or buying a doll that has legs. It is recommended to not use a favorite or human-like doll, as the doll must be discarded and it will be harder to remove once possessed. It is also said giving the spirit a name is the most powerful thing a human can do for the spirit, as names give spirits great power. Rice is offered to the spirit in order for it to grow strong enough to chase you. Red thread is also used and symbolizes blood in order to act as a restraint.

The story further revealed you must offer something from your body. It's usually fingernails, but some use their own blood, skin, hair, etc. But be warned, if it isn't your own, the doll becomes cursed and will hunt down that person instead. You also need something to stab the doll with so that you can either anger or kill it. Real knives are dangerous, so people often use pencils or needles. The most important thing is banishing the evil doll once the game is over. Salt water or alcohol is the only way. Without this, the game won't end. It is used to clean and remove the spirit. However, the teller of this story said the demon tried chasing them out of their own home. Are you ready to play?

Unknown Phone

A woman told a spooky tale of when she was younger and saw the Korean film 'Phone' (폰) and decided to call the cursed girl's number shown in the film. Although the number was believed to be fake since it ringed endlessly, the woman had noticed something strange the next day. As she looked through her call logs the number was saved as 'PHONE.' She begged her friends to call the number, but none would dare do the same. 

After all these years nothing had happened, and she tried calling the number again but it would always be unavailable. She still wonders why it only rang that one time and somehow automatically saved into her phone as a contact. She still remembers the number and posted it on the community board: 011-9998-6644.  I dare you to call it.

Death In The Gym

A young girl told the story of how she was a cheerleader and often visited opponents' gyms during tournaments with her team. They had a weekend game on a Friday night and Saturday morning, so they spent the night there. After the game that Friday night, they prepared their sleeping bags in the middle of the gym floor. The gym had multiple basketball hoops surrounding them. Night soon fell and as all the girls were sound asleep, one woke up because of a suspicious noise: someone dribbling a basketball across the court.

She figured she was hearing things and went back to sleep. However, another basketball began dribbling, so she awoke to look around more. She saw a boy about the same age as her, holding a basketball and staring menacingly. "I was startled by his cold, angry, yet sad look," she wrote. She ruffled the sleeping bag and closed her eyes in fear. She opened her eyes again, and the boy was no longer to be seen. 

The next morning, she met up with a friend from the rival school and shared this experience. It was revealed her description of the boy fit the features of a boy who committed suicide on the same courts just three days before.

The Man in Black

A girl and her large family had been living together in an apartment for a long time. One night, while her father was using the karaoke machine, she decided to close her door, turn off the lights, and sleep. Too tired, she forgot to lock it, and suddenly noticed the door creaked open slowly. Thinking it was her sister, she shouted back at her, "I'm tired, let me sleep. Ugh!" Then suddenly, the door creaked again and louder. She sat up and looked at the door. No one was there but there was enough space for a head to peer through. Feeling bothered, she turned on her lights, shut her door, turned the lock and tried going to sleep again.

The next morning when she went to go wash her hair, she started hearing agonizing screams. Once she looked up, she suddenly saw a black figure watching her and dash into the nearby room. She then asked her mom if she heard any noises, but she replied no hastily. One day she decided to tell her sister about the stories, and the sister revealed she has seen the tall, dark eerie figure before. The figure watches her sleep and stands by her doorway, leaving the door open just a crack.

The Restless Man

A German man shared that he had countless encounters with scary shadows and figures as a child. He further revealed that when he traveled and lived in Korea, he had encountered a Korean demon. While sleeping, he felt something move the blankets slowly. 

He continued to sleep, but then he woke up abruptly and could only see a blaring white color. While he knew he was awake, he couldn't move his body. He was forcing his body to move so hard from the paralysis that he started to shake uncontrollably until his vision cleared up. After calling his girlfriend, she revealed that in Korea there are demons that will forcefully push and hold you down if you try to wake up from their nightmare.

Crying in the Dark

Before moving to America with his family, a Korean man revealed that his family had rented out a very cheap apartment. After studying late into the night for too long and feeling a bit sick, he decided he should rest. He suddenly started feeling cold and scared for some reason. Then, from a distance, he started hearing a girl crying. The crying continued for 5 minutes. Too scared to move or say anything, he just listened to the crying when suddenly the crying halted with a shrieking scream.

But that is not all! The man further revealed what happened next was the really chilling part. The TV and VCR stand was at the end of the bed with some space in between for walking. The clocks were not set and always flashed 12:00 every few seconds. As he laid there frozen, he was afraid to blink.

All he could see in his pitch black room was the 12:00 on the VCR blinking. Then, all of a sudden, after hearing another scream, the 12:00 that he was carefully looking at disappeared. Someone or something was standing in front of it. He couldn't see anything because it was pitch black in the room but the 12:00 had disappeared without warning. So scared, he shut his eyes and began to pray. Upon opening his eyes there was the 12:00 blinking like normal. When the sun came up, there was no evidence of anything being in the room or malfunctions in the VCR connections.

A Korean Wife's Haunting

While her husband was serving in Korea, this woman was living alone in their apartment for some time. It was another normal night as she called her husband before going to bed around 12:00 am. She started having a dream that she had dreamt once before. But instead of what normally happened in the dream, an unknown force was on her back with two handfuls of her hair, holding her down. 

She woke up startled but blew it off thinking it was just a nightmare until a short time later something happened. It was 5:00 am and the dream resumed where it had left off. Suddenly, she heard a Korean man's voice talking; it was very deep, but she could not make out any words. It sounded as if he was hissing the words. Suddenly, she heard knocking, and the chairs being scooted around. This went on for about an hour. Then the spirit started scratching the walls. It started soft and short at first, then it got harder and louder, increasing each time.

Finally, she panicked and turned on all the lights in the house. It stopped. She looked around to find all the chairs moved, some things disheveled, and scratch marks on the wall. She soon left their apartment and never returned.

The Revenge of The River Spirit

A man serving in the Korean Army revealed that, despite being skeptical, he was once warned by a fortune teller to stay away from rivers as it would lead him to his death. One day, there was a flood in a nearby town and the Army was sent to remove the dead bodies from the river. As he went, he noticed that only hair was drifting above the water. He called his commander and was immediately told not to touch it and return back to camp. 

Upon his return he had discovered another man had tried to pull out the bodies but was grabbed and pulled into the water himself. He drowned to death and his body was nowhere to be found. It was revealed by the commander that there are water spirits called 'mul gwishin (water ghost)' in the river and they stand underwater, waiting to drown their next victim.

Scared yet?

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Ryo69 Sunday, October 9, 2016

When you summon a spirit, it's no longer a game. It's every man for himself!

Victoria_Claire Monday, October 3, 2016

The Man in Black story is the same as Mingyu from SEVENTEEN. Talk about coincidence.

RoAnon9935 Monday, October 3, 2016

If you do not believe in things that go bump in the night get a job that you travel for a living. You'll end up believing... And having nightmares for years to come.

fkf29053 (Banned) Sunday, October 2, 2016

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monaco Saturday, October 1, 2016

Would love to read this without these creepy af images, THANKS AKP

changminbaby Saturday, October 1, 2016

i'am the only one who think that ghosts exist? i used to not believe it until i saw a black thing like a ball going in air and then it disappeared into the wall, first i thought im imagining things but my sis was next to me and said that she saw the same thing ..also one time i was walking in the dark ,there were only my family there so the street was empty and i looked somewhere there were no one but there were a shadow and its not mine or my family it was far and one shadow i felt scared and that time and didnt look back again..

graceslarasati Saturday, October 1, 2016

Has anyone called the cursed girl's numbers? Lol

thestarsinthesky graceslarasati Saturday, October 1, 2016

i want to try but i dont have a phone i can easily get rid of afterwards just in case

victorvang Saturday, October 1, 2016

on another note how is it that these people claim its sleep paralysis but how come a LOT of people see the same thing of a figure holding them down. how much of a coincidence is that? and how come all of a sudden can a normal human brain start hallucinating on its own? that does not make any sense.

victorvang Saturday, October 1, 2016


victorvang Saturday, October 1, 2016

i have a couple stories too. my older brother and i were home alone in the afternoon and bored so we decided to watch this dvd collection of ghost stories. the last one we watched was the story of the ghost kids pushing cars across the train tracks. so we turned off the tv in our bedroom and was about to get up(we were sitting on the floor). when all of a sudden the door open slowly. behind the the door pushing it open was a little white girl with dirty short hair and dirty white dress(we're asian ) and she said hi in a very slow and low toned way. she then turned around and left the hallway into the kitchen. me and my brother were like WTF. i remember being frozen in fear and my heart about to jump out my chest (literally). after about 1 minute of being dumbstruck i looked at my brother and he looked at me too. we both screamed and TRIED to scramble up onto the bed but our feet had no more strength so we literally were climbing in place. after we got on the bed i was like "did you see that?" and brother said "yeah" and then he told me to go check it out. i was like hell no! you go. we both went out to go check in the hallway, kitchen living room and there was no one. then we heard noise coming outside in the garage so we go investigate. out in the garage was three little white kids standing there then...... my sister comes into the garage and opens the door and says "oh these are paulines kids and im babysitting them"

victorvang Saturday, October 1, 2016

it was during winter when my sister told me to go outside with her to smoke. so i was like whatever. we were both standing outside by front when we heard footsteps walking around in the snow in the front yard. it was that crunching sound of snow when the top layer of snow melted and created a icy cover on top of the soft snow underneath. at the time i thought i was gonna be tough and yelled "whos out there" SUDDENLY the crunching of the snow got faster and headed towards us. the foot steps hit the frozen ice on the 15 feet of paved concrete coming straight towards us all the while me and my sister scrambled to squeeze through the front door at the same time with her lit cigarette in tow. we shut the door and turned around. nothing. nothing was at the door but we looked at each other and confirmed we both heard the same thing. that night wasnt dark because the skies were clear and it was a moonlit night and also our front porch light was on but still we saw nothing coming towards us. so my sister unwillingly to go outside anymore took a few more puffs and toss the cigarette butt outside through the crack of the door.

victorvang Saturday, October 1, 2016

my sister in law was smoking outside on the front patio when my younger brother saw some thing out in the woods just past yard. he said it looked like a white human figure just standing there behind the trees. take in mind it just starting in spring when the tree just growing back. so you could actually see pretty far into the woods. so my brothers say "hey do you see that?" and points in that direction. my sis-in-law says "see what?" and looks. "over there it looks like someone standing over there" says my brother. my sis-in-law replies "i dont see anything" my brother says "it right over you can see it from here". my sis-in-law again says "i dont see anything". but this time she throws her cigarette down and runs inside and my brothers follows her in, both running. my brother says "you said you didnt see anything?" and she says "of course im not gonna say i saw it while im still out there"

The_Rose_Knows Saturday, October 1, 2016

Did anyone notice how they used a picture of Jay Park for "The Restless Man"?😂

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