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Kellie's Castle

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last week I went to a trip to Perak with some friends and visited some interesting places. One of them is Kellie's Castle and it was raining when we got there. I thot only in England you can find ruins of english castle, but there is also one in Malaysia. Although its originally a mansion, the structure of it was enormous at that time which can be likend to a mini castle. Here is a bit of history of this place taken from wikipedia.

Kellie's Castle is located near Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia. The unfinished, ruined mansion, was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith.

In 1890, at the age of 20, he arrived in the then Malaya.He made his fortune in rubber tree planting and dabbled in the tin mining industry, and eventually owned 2 companies namely Kinta Kellas Estate and the Kinta Kellas Tin Dredging Company.

After the birth of his son here. William Smith decided to expand on his mansion and started planning for a huge castle which he planned to call Kellas House, after his hometown in Scotland.
Because of his fascination with the Hindu religion and Indian culture, Smith's plan was for this house to share similar architecture to those of Madras, with all its bricks and tiles imported from India. He even employed a big group of Indian labourers to build his dream house, to keep the Kellas House authentically Indian. The mansion is accessible from the main road through a bridge running across a stream.

Among the many amazing things about Kellie's Castle are an elevator (it was the first in Malaya) which connects right up to the top floor, and the existence of two tunnels that run under the river nearby. One of these tunnels connects to the Hindu temple some distance away from the main house. On the second floor, Smith planned to build an indoor tennis court — an ambitious project even by today's standards. On the highest floor, there is a rooftop courtyard for parties. This castle was to be the hub for entertaining wealthy colonial planters who had settled in Malaya. His house was so unique that it was even mentioned in the London Financier newspaper on 15 September 1911.

Unfortunately for Smith, he died in Europe while trying to bring the elevator to Malaya from Europe. The mansion was never completed until now.




looking thru the windows..



the wine celler..


One of the many guestroom..


The mysterious corridor..
It is said that people has seen Smith's appirition on this corridor.

Wait...is it another apprirition??
No, its not an appirition. A visitor walked passed by my line of frame when i capture this pic.

View from the rooftop



Wait...its that a helipad??
No, its just one of the unfinished balcony.

The flagpole is built like a battlement


The interior courtyard...



The tall stucture is supposed to be the elevator shaft


The air duct from one of the tunnel that supposed to lead to a hindu temple


View from the guardhouse


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