STATUS: Still standing
The Jeruk Purut Cemetery, located in Jakarta, Indonesia, was expanded onto wakaf land (land donated for religious purposes) in the mid-2000s. By 2007, there was an average of 300 burials per month, and it was one of the few cemeteries in Jakarta that was capable of expanding.
The cemetery houses a legend that a priest or pastor was killed here via decapitation. Now, the spirit can be seen headless with his dismembered head under his arm, and his large black dog following him at his side. He is reported to look at his grave, though rumor has it he wasn’t even buried in Jeruk Purut Cemetery, rather Tanah Kusir Cemetery. The Jakarta Globe says that the ghost will only appear on Friday nights if those looking for him are an odd number of people.
Other ghosts include an unknown child and a large hairy ghoul. Notable burials include Adjie Massaid (actor, model, politician), Chrisye (singer, songwriter), Joesoef Isak (published, politician), Mochtar Lubis (writer, journalist), and Omar Dhani (chief of Indonesia’s air force)
In Popular Culture
- The 2006 film Hantu Jeruk Purut (“The Ghost of Jeruk Purut”) was heavily inspired by the cemetery.
- In 2011, Prambors FM chose Jeruk Purut Cemetery as the “scariest place in Jakarta”, selecting it over the Lubang Buaya.
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