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History weighs heavy on the idyllic Saint John’s Island. Blue waters wash against the shore, but it cannot wash away the troubling deaths that occurred through the years. The island was once a quarantine station and burial ground for people with cholera and leprosy. In-bound ships were screened at the island for disease. In the Second World War, the Japanese set up a penal settlement on the island for political prisoners and gangsters. Explore Saint John’s and find the settlement’s human-sized chess board. Legend has it that Japanese guards played chess with the prisoners as their chess pieces. They gambled away the lives of their pawns, beheading any human chess piece that was defeated. Vacationers have reported encountering screams, flying heads, and ghostly caresses during their stay.
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Singapore Outlying Islands
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