Kellie’s Castle – A Century Old Mansion
Kellie’s Castle is located near Batu Gajah and about 20 minutes drive from Ipoh. A century old unfinished, ruined mansion was built by a Scottish planter called William Kellie Smith. According to differing accounts, it was either a gift for his wife or a home for his son.
12 Mar 2011 | Kellie’s Castle
Let’s have a short history about this building. The construction began in 1915 and came to an abrupt half with Kellie’s sudden death in 1926. Perak State Government has restored this magnificent structure from the encroaching foliage.
Besides being haunted, the castle is believed to have hidden rooms and secret underground tunnels towards the rubber plantation. The road that leads to Kellie’s Castle follows the contours of the land in a dizzying, maze-like fashion, adding to the mystery and romance of the place.
I’ve been waiting for so long to visit Kellie’s Castle due to its strong historical value. My recent visit to Perak for water rafting has given me a chance to stop by.
Car park is FREE. An entrance fee is RM4 for adult.
The fees collected normally are used to maintain and preserve the building. Visitors are free to move around and the building management wouldn’t take any responsibility if anything happened.
Moving around this old building has its risk. But as long as we cautious our steps, it should be fine.
Counter tickets … RM4 (for local tourist)
Welcome to Kellie’s Castle … a bridge connected
Kellie’s Castle is quite popular among wedding planner to have their photo-shoot being held here. Due to artistic value and strong scenic, the photo always looks stunning and unique.
Front facing the river … well preserved
Name display on grass … built by bricks
Artistic and unique line-up … form by bricks
Self-shooting … under this mystery corridor
Upon with his son birth and Smith decided to build the Kellie’s Castle (in front of their house).It’s believed to be gift for his wife or for the birth of his son – Anthony.
It was intended to be the hub of social life for the area’s wealthy colonial planters and administrators – a grand mansion with a six-storey tower, wine cellar, and stately columns. Moorish arches and walls embellished with Greco-Roman designs.
The house during castle’s construction … partial damaged during war
Remaining walls and roofless … historical value still here
A century kitchen stove bricks … valuable visit
Balcony … spooky or not?
Watch out from the windows … windy feel
Artistic windows … good for portrait photography
Suppose to be first lift in Malaya … but it didn’t realized
Take care on each step you take here … management won’t responsible for anything
Getting up to the rooftop … six-storey height
TMC … snap the background
This is the rooftop courtyard for parties, a helicopter landing space and even the first shaft lift in the country to connect the underground tunnel up to the top floor.
Helipad … round rooftop
Mysterious castle have been a topic for many peoples and rumors spreading around.
Some say that Smith’s spirit is still wandering inside the castle, along the corridors, guarding his incomplete mansion. Hence, the reason why the structure still intact and strong after so many years.
Some haunted stories tell that others spirits also around due to many workers died during the flu breakout and during second World War 2.
However, this story had been passing around and right now, the castle has been reconditioned as a tourist spot and movie maker to take the background shot.
If I come here much earlier during my secondary school time, it would be better because I can get a better picture of this historical site in my studies.