Tanglin Hill Brunei Hostel

It is a high-end private residential district lined with large mansions and posh super cars. Yet, at the end of Tanglin Hill, there is one deserted compound that has been abandoned for as long as three decades.

It was the early fifties. Without a proper education system, the Bruneian government decided to send its brightest students, first from the Malay stream and later from both the Malay and English streams, overseas. Some of the students were sent to Singapore. As the number of Bruneian students increased, the Bruneian government purchased a piece of land at Tanglin Hill to build a hostel for the convenience of the students.

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Completed in 1958, the hostel later became known as Asrama Kerajaan Brunei di Singapura (AKBS) or simply Tanglin (Hill) Brunei Hostel. The designs of the buildings were perhaps modeled after the colonial style during the British era, with the multi-storey block added only a few years later.

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Besides the students, the hostel also housed Bruneian government officials on training programs, as well as some Malayan students. Bruneian festivals and holidays such as Hari Raya and the Sultan’s Birthday were celebrated, while popular sport competitions in football, badminton and table tennis were often organised to enhance the cohesiveness of the students.

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By the eighties, Brunei had its own secondary schools education system up and running. With lesser Bruneian students coming to Singapore for study, the Bruneian government decided to close the hostel in 1983, and was left abandoned ever since.

Today, the property is still owned by the Brunei Consulate, which is located a short distance away along Tanglin Road. However, without much maintenance, the buildings have already succumbed to urban decay and nature. The abandoned compound with broken fences is now a favourite haunt for spook-lovers, despite a “No Trespassing” sign at its gates.

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Published: 21 April 2013

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28 Responses to Tanglin Hill Brunei Hostel

  1. Febrianto says:

    Can we actually go in there? Or is the place locked?
    I enjoy taking old places photography..
    Just wondering if its possible.

    Hope can hear from you soon :)

    • Karen says:

      I have heard that there is a ” no trespassing ” sign at the gate but there is no guards. You can enter there by climbing in through the space on the left side of the main gate. :)

    • sgparlay says:

      I went before… the gates already broken and you can just “hop” in without any problems

      but watch out for the CCTVs… not installed by the hostel but by the neighbouring mansions
      wonder if they got record anything supernatural at night? ;)

  2. Karen says:

    But of course i wont encourage you doing that maybe you could ask permission from the nearby Brunei Embassy :)

  3. ken says:

    Hi, if u guys organising any trip to haunted places please email me… I want to join.

  4. Daron says:

    I have been staying there from 1970 to 1974

  5. For those who likes the topic of abandoned buildings or places, here’s an interesting article on the abandoned yet beautiful places in other parts of the world:

    http://www.expressionoftruth.com/2013/05/30-abandoned-places-that-look-truly.html

  6. Fahi says:

    Thanks for this article… Bring back memories of my childhood days when I accompany my Mom who was a cook for the Hostel. The Hostel and the Brunei House along with the Caretaker’s house (5th image) are within the compounds of the Brunei High Comm at Tanglin Hill back then before it was relocated to it’s present location at Tanglin Road, near Kay Siang.

    • Liyana says:

      Hi Fahi, Liyana here. I’m currently doing research regarding the hostel and i’d like to know more about it. Would it be possible for you to share some of the experiences that you had when your mum was still a cook in the hostel? Do let me know yeah? Looking forward to hearing from you. amaanie@live.com

  7. Michelle says:

    Hi Everyone, I just visited this place yesterday (21 Dec) and the gate was not locked at all. But there were foreign workers with heavy machinery there starting to dig and knocking things down. Also saw some people shooting a movie there (most likely student film). Now is a good time to visit because I have a good feeling it won’t be there very long.

  8. noora says:

    can i know how to go there?

    • Lemuel says:

      Copied from someone’s blog:

      Dhoby Ghaut mrt go to Bus Stop 08031 on the Park Mall side,not the Plaza Singapura side. Go up the escalator in front of Dhoby Xchange and it’s the bus stop further down from the left side.
      Take bus 111 to Bus Stop 13049 “Bef Rochalie Drive”.
      Walk further down and on the opposite left side you should see a road turning in that has the sign Tanglin Hill.
      Walk all the way along the main road. and it should be at the end.

      I suggest getting there first, then using your gps on ur hp to make sure u get to tanglin hill road

  9. Shaz says:

    How to get there? In details please. Vehicles allowed?

    • Axx says:

      Hey, hello. You can park your vehicle right outside the entrance or somewhere nearby. Fret not. Your vehicle won’t be far away from the place itself. But there’s a police board there. Enter at your own risk.

  10. Jason says:

    Hi!

    I would like to ask if anyone knows to whom I should email to ask permission for access to the place? Intending to shoot a student film with the right permit. Thank you! :D

  11. qamaruddin yusli says:

    Im sorry guys. I just went here on 14 march 2014. And the place is blocked by police boards. Its so sad. This place cannot be entered anymore, I guess they hide motion censors too. Those who are caught trespassing will be prisoned up to 3 months or 1500 bucks. Or both. :(

  12. TMB says:

    Who is the owner of this property at the moment.. is it the brunei embassy or the Sg govt ?

  13. Lemuel says:

    Hi guys, cfmed police boards outside place indicating 7 people in total arrested. The problem is that the people living directly opposite (the guards) call the police immediately upon seeing people enter via the front (which is terribly accessible). Apparently according to a few workers there the place will be torn down in 2 months? (he had minimum knowledge of english).

    Anyways the risks are high to go in so I’d advise not to attempt. Otherwise, I’m sure enthusiasts.. u guys will find other means of entering.

  14. Dayang Yong says:

    Me n a couple of my ghost hunting buddies when there early this year…its quiet a good place for paranormal activities..as I myself encounter three different voice laughing. But to bad around April this year there came up with a sign from the police force itself…if caught by tresspassing…there will b a big fine…those whom still wanna go there good luck

  15. Zach says:

    Can we still go in it? Im a member of a ghost encounter team. We would like to visit that place soon so we were wondering whether we could still get in.

  16. Kayyathiri says:

    Hi, we are psychology students who would like to film in this hostel. We were wondering if there was a person we could contact if we wanted to gain access into this area?

  17. Liyana says:

    Hi Kayyathiri, unfortunately the area is currently tight on security and i highly doubt they will be easy on giving you the permit to film. However, you can try checking the Brunei High Comm website and inquire who’s in charge of the place.I suggest you give them a call.

    http://brunei-darussalam.visahq.sg/embassy/singapore/

  18. Chloe says:

    Hello Again, I left a comment yesterday, but today I remembered something that might be worth you taking a look at. It was the first deli in Singapore, Steeples Deli, and has such a homely and authentic feel to it. Plus, their peanut butter chocolate milkshake is to die for! When I visit I always feel welcome by the people there and it has been the same way for 26 years! Its located in tanglin shopping centre. I would really appreciate it if you took a look at it because I want it to get some recognition and stay in business!

    Love your blog! Hope to hear back from you!

  19. Kate says:

    To anybody who is thinking of going in, their are police boards that advice you of the penalty of entering which is either a large fine or jail time. After exploring the hostel for a brief amount of time, i went exploring further around Dempsey and found another less attractive way to get into or out of the hostel, which is around the back of the hostel, im not sure what road it is but it is an easy way to get in and out of the situation if needed. Besides from this on my exploration i discovered that literally less than 100m away from the hostel is a rather large police base that you should be aware of. So i would not suggest that you stay in the hostel for longer than 20 minutes at a time. But besides from my short visit, it has been the most amazing place i have seen in Singapore this far, stunning. I just wish that i could of stayed longer.

  20. Nur says:

    Hey guys my friends and i just went there in the afternoon and yes we saw the police board too but when we arrived there was actually construction workers doing some construction at the entrance and I think that they are starting to demolish the place. We asked the construction worker if they would let us in and take pictures, surprisingly he gave us the access in. We spent up to 3 hours in there and thankfully nothing happened. There’s lots of things that can be done for people who are keen to take pictures. Actually we had encountered a sound which was a sound of a lady humming to music but the thing is we were all guys in there, including the construction workers so that was quite scary. A tip to those who dislikes mosquito bites its best that you apply repellents. But if you were to try visit the place maybe you can try your luck by asking the construction workers if they happen to be there and if its possible for you guys to enter. I don’t think there are motion sensors because if there is i think we were already caught by the police, we went to most parts of the place but maybe i might not went to the area with motion sensors. Lastly when we left the construction worker actually waited for us to make sure we left the area. Truly a satisfying experience.

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