Sunday, 18 September 2011

Kellie's Castle - Part 1

I was in Perak last June for work and one of the tourist spot that I have been wanting to visit was Kellie's Castle. It is situated in Batu Gajah, Perak, and roughly takes about 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur, and only 20 minutes to Ipoh town. I was fascinated with the historical side of the castle. It was built under the commission of the Scottish planter - William Kellie Smith in 1915 but was never completed due to his death when he succumbed to the pneumonia during his visit to Lisbon.The house was designed for his family to live in - wife, one daughter and one son - but after his death the project was abandoned and the family moved back to Europe.
Kellies Castle, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia
The castle is surrounded by a moat and is on top of a hill - perfect for sightseeing and defending against enemy attack
Bear figure emerging from the batai tree at the compound of Kellie's castle. This tree was said to be 40 years old and the bear figure only emerged in 2006 and was the source of mystery to many who visited the castle
Castle is divided in two parts - front part is the new castle which is six stories high with 24 rooms and suppose to be installed with the first elevator ever to be brought in Malaya. It also has a wine cellar. At the back of the unfinished castle was the old house where Kellie and his family used to stay - ravaged by war and time.
Kellas House - built in 1905 but damaged due to war
The proposed living room on the ground floor

More pics & stories on Kellie's Castle - Part 2

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