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Saturday, 3-Jun-2006 01:20 Email | Share | Bookmark
Kellie's Castle, Batu Gajah Perak

Kellie's or Kelly's Castle
 
the main entrance
 
unfinished business ?
 
On the way back from Rush's wedding in Ipoh, we discovered this abandoned construction in Batu Gajah and decided to stop and take a look inside. Entrance fee was 3 ringgit for adult.

Long story short, Kellie's Castle was built by a Scottish planter called William Kellie Smith. He built the castle for his wife. The reason he built the castle was similar to the reason why Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal.

Smith went for a short trip to Portugal in 1926. He died there of pneumonia. His wife was still in malaya, heartbroken. She decided to pack and return to Sctoland. She sold Kellie's Castle to a British company called Harrisons and Crossfield.

Kellies Castle was never to be finished. It became a ruine with many legends. Legend of the ghost of Smith wandering through the ruins. Other legends were off secret underground tunnels. But apart of the two known tunnels, none were ever found.But after over eighty years, the Malaysian government refurbished the house in 2000.


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