Kellie’s Castle at Batu Gajah, Perak is our last destination during our 2 days 1 night Ipoh Trip. We drove to here after our heavy breakfast at Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant (富山茶楼). Kellie’s Castle is very near to Ipoh and always a popular itinerary item for Ipoh trip. William Kellie Smith is the one who built this castle. He loves Hindu and India elements, so you can see many related elements in the castle. But, why did he build this castle?
William Kellie Smith is a Scottish planter from a town in Scotland. As a symbol of love, he built this castle for his beloved wife. However, Kellie’s Castle is never completed due to many tragedies such as the Spanish Flu and World War I. Smith was later passed away due to pneumonia. Today, the castle is believed to be haunted. Some believe it is because many workers have died during the construction of the castle. Some have seen the spirit of William and his family member in the castle. You can read more about Kellie’s Castle here. So, did we meet any spirit during our visit? Reads on to find out more of this amazing historical place in Perak.
The beautiful Kellie Castle, viewed from across the river. Thanks God the weather is so nice on the day we visited this castle. Perfect for photography indeed. But, it can get very hot walking around. By the way, can you see how small the humans are compared to the castle?
This girl showing the direction to the ticket counter. Remember to get your ticket before entering the castle.
So many people queuing to buy ticket to enter Kellie’s Castle. Please visit the washroom here after getting your ticket if needed, because I don’t see any washroom in Kellie’s Castle.
After buying ticket, walk across this white bridge to get to Kellie’s Castle, Rise of Wonders.
Laupoh posing with Kellie’s Castle before crossing the bridge.
My turn to pose with Kellie’s Castle.
A closer view of the majestic Kellie’s Castle. As you can see from where, some part of the castle is in white painting. I wonder if the whole castle supposed to be in white?
One of the tower of Kellie’s Castle. From this side it seems like there are four floors.
Signboard at the castle in case anyone got lost. Not really sure what is Kellas House.
Some write up of the mystery of Kellie’s Castle. Click here to view a larger version to read in details.
Kellie’s Castle was put up for sale after William has passed away, by Agnes his wife. Click here to read more of the auction and sale.
A fully furnished living room in Kellie’s Castle, bringing visitors back to the era of William Kellie Smith. Visitors are not allowed to enter the living room, I guess everything inside are antiques.
Spotted this antique gramophone in the living room. I wonder if it is still working.
A view of the river and the bridge in front of the castle. I think this tourist and historical place is quite well-maintained.
A window in the castle with the curtain still intact.
More history of this castle. Do you notice the photo in the photo above has this 3D look? Click here to view a bigger photo.
More history lesson of Kellie’s Castle. Click here to view bigger photo if you love history.
The ruins area of the castle. Not sure if this area is not completed or it was destroyed by the war.
So many visitors on the day we visited Kellie’s Castle.
A photo of the beautiful architecture of this castle.
The story of the haunted castle. His spirit is said to roam at night. I will make sure we leave Kellie’s Castle before dark.
Saw a wedding photo shooting in progress. I read that you need to pay extra if shoot wedding photo here. But, I’m not sure if I want to shoot our wedding photo here. Sounds a bit spooky.
Trying a different rotation of the photo. I think the couple hold that position for quite a while. Maybe they need to wait for the corridor to be cleared of humans.
A twin window at the castle.
The mystery of the spiral staircase. Is it for a secret room? Or is it for a photo darkroom? It is still unknown until today.
Another side of the castle, showing the wooden door and window.
The story of the ghostly balcony. Read if dare.
A single window in the castle. Most of the windows and doors here have this design.
A write up about the guest room in Kellie’s Castle. According to this write up, there are secret staircase from the bathroom leading out to the castle grounds. William seemed to be very concerned about the safety of his family and guests.
Not sure if these two are real windows or just for decoration.
Such a wonderful view of nature from the castle. Can you imagine waking up to this view every morning?
The stairs to upper floor of Kellie’s Castle
Some holes on the wall for the ventilation in the castle, I guess.
Inside the tower of Kellie’s Castle.
A door in the castle that leads to another door and another door.
The stairway to heaven at Kellie’s Castle
The stairway to the underground. In 1993, an underground secret tunnel built from Kellie’s Castle to a Hindu temple nearby is discovered. Click here to read the news. Besides the tunnel, there is also a wine cellar. However, they are closed for visitors due to safety reason.
A triple window in Kellie’s Castle.
Visitors admiring the beauty of this castle built from year 1915. Yes, this is the roof top of the castle. We didn’t hang here for too long as the weather is very hot.
Amazingly, this castle is planned to have its own lift and this is the lift’s shaft. Unfortunately, the lift construction is never completed. If not, we can take the lift to visit all the floors in Kellie’s Castle.
A write up of the lift shaft. If completed, this would have been the first elevator in Malaya.
A nice castle and nice weather make a nice photo.
Spotted another triple window in the castle.
A view of outside world from Kellie’s Castle. Standing here and looking outside make me feel like a princess trapped in the castle’s tower.
A write up about castle’s master bedroom. It is said here that all the rooms have natural ventilation to cope with the heat and humidity of our country, Malaysia. No wonder I don’t feel hot when I was inside the castle, even though the sun is shining brightly outside.
The stairs to the ground floor of the castle.
In this corridor of the castle, it is painted in white. I wonder if this is the original color of Kellie’s Castle?
Another view of the incomplete / destroyed part of Kellie’s Castle. I think if this part is completed / intact, Kellie’s Castle will be even more awesome. That’s all for now. Thanks for reading. Do visit this unique attraction of Perak, Malaysia if you have the change. I don’t think there are any other place like this in Malaysia.
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