It's not just ghosts I had to worry about

It's not just ghosts I had to worry about
Robert Joe, host of the National Geographic documentary series, I Wouldn’t Go In There.

With the help of his sleuthing skills, modern technology and a whole lot of pluck, 35-year-old urban explorer Robert Joe tracks down the most notorious haunted sites in Asia in his new television series, I Wouldn't Go In There.

The Korean-American intrepid seeker tells My Paper about the intensity of exploring dilapidated sites and how an experience in an abandoned hotel in Okinawa gave him the jitters.


What do you hope for this series to achieve?

I have a theory that wherever there is a concentration of ghost stories, it is an indication that something happened there.

The purpose of this series is to test that theory by visiting some of the allegedly most haunted places in Asia to investigate what, if anything, had sparked these ghost stories.


Which filming experience gave you the worst chill?

The crew and I were exploring a massive abandoned hotel space in Okinawa, when we got to a former bath area with the words "dead baby in the tub" spray-painted in red on the wall.

While filming, we heard a distinct "clunk" sound (coming) from just beyond the hallway. I flashed my torchlight there, only to see a shadowy figure whose face was obscured by a bright light. The crew and I were genuinely scared, and we stood completely still.

(The figure) was actually another urban explorer who was also scared because he couldn't see who or what we were, other than shadowy figures.

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