Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, One of Thailand’s most haunted places where 99 monks performed an exorcism

Image of mythical giant decorated with face masks near the check-in counters at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok
Suvarnabhumi Airport was opened in 2006 and serves as the main international airport for Bangkok (Image: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP via Getty Images)

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, One of Thailand’s most haunted places where 99 monks performed an exorcism

Suvarnabhumi Airport (pronounced “Suwanapoom”) in Bangkok, in an area that used to be called Nong Nguhao or Cobra Swamp,  is built right on top of an ancient cemetery and there have been many ghostly sightings that have reportedly caused accidents and deaths

For many visitors flying to Thailand there is good chance they will inadvertently pass through one of the country’s most haunted locations.

Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) just outside the capital city of Bangkok, a major tourist hotspot, opened in 2006 and has since had many ghostly sightings in it as well as fatal accidents.

Right from international airport’s beginnings, an oversight meant that many of its construction workers did not know it was being built on top of an ancient cemetery.

Some of them reportedly refused to work and quit there on the spot once they knew – because they were too frightened to continue.

Image of travellers walk through the arrivals terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on July 1, 2022
The airport is said to be haunted in particular by a blue ghost called Poo Ming ( Image: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP via Getty Images)

While it was being built, which is estimated to have cost more than $4bn, workers said they could hear screams and wails around them.

One person alleged he could hear classical Thai music being played – although there was nowhere obvious it could have been coming from.

During BKK’s official opening the authorities even brought in 99 Buddhist monks to appease any untoward spirits away.

The exorcism ceremony was full of chanting and prayers and took nine weeks to complete.

One dramatic moment at the end of it saw a baggage handler stumbling through the throngs of people watching the monks and claiming to be the guardian of the cemetery, Poo Ming.

The holy men duly blessed the young man so that he could return back to normal.

However the lingering ghost of Poo Ming, who is said to be blue in colour, refuses to leave the airport and is often seen in the guise of an old man with a walking stick.

Buddhist monks protect themselves from COVID-19 in Bangkok, Thailand – April 2, 2020. Image credit: Thavorn Rueang, Shutterstock.

He, along with other demons, are believed to stalk the terminals.

Sometime they possess people within the vicinity and allegedly cause accidents and even suicides.

Many people have reported seeing the apparition of pale lady carrying a baby who regularly causes accidents by stepping in front of drivers and scaring them.

While an abandoned Honda car sits in the airport’s car park caked in a layer of dust.

Image of travellers walking past the arrival gates at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on July 1, 2022. –
Gifts of red Fanta are often left for the dead by people in the spirit house inside the airport ( Image: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP via Getty Images)
It is said that the person who rented the car was killed years ago and now haunts the area – people place flowers by the vehicle as an offering to the unrestful spirit.

In 2013 a plane landing at BKK lost control and veered off the runway.

Luckily there were no serious injuries to anyone and it was concluded that it was the result of malfunctioning landing gear underneath the plane.

Spirit house with red fanta

However, the Thai Airways managing director blamed it on ghosts at the time and went as far as saying that a ghost flight attendant helped passengers off the plane.

Another, more serious accident happened in 2018 when a landing plane again skidded off the runway and injured 14 people.

Malignant spirits were accused of playing a part in the incident once more.

Thailand is a country entrenched in the belief of ghosts and one effort to maintain the afterlife within BKK is through the building of spirit houses.

There, many Thai-based airlines conduct group prayer sessions where people can leave offerings to the dead.

One popular gift is strawberry Fanta as the drink is thought to be a favourite of ghosts due to its bright red colouring.