On Saturday (15 March 2014), I traveled up north with my friends to Ipoh, Perak for a weekend getaway. On the way, we stopped at the infamous Kellie’s Castle. We’ve heard a lot about it but have not really stepped foot to it. The construction of this castle was never completed and I’m pretty sure it will look majestic if it did.
This castle is rumoured to be haunted. While I don’t believe in the supernatural stuff, I’m always excited to check out these “scary” places. On top of that, there was even a paranormal tour organized as part of the Visit Malaysia 2014 campaign.
If you happen to be in Malaysia and would like to visit this place, here’s the location:
A Brief History of Kellie’s Castle
William Kellie Smith (1870 – 1926) was born in 1870 in Kellas, Moray Firth, Scotland. In 1890, at the age of 20, he arrived in Malaya as a Civil Engineer. He joined Charles Alma Baker’s survey firm, who had won concessions from the state government to clear 9000 hectares of forests in Batu Gajah, Perak. With the substantial profits made from his business venture with Baker, Smith bought 1000 acres of jungle land in the district of Kinta and started planting rubber trees and dabbled in the tin mining industry.
In time, he named his estate Kinta Kellas after his home farm “Easter Kellas” and went on to own the Kinta Kellas Tin Dredging Company as well. With his fortune made, he returned home to marry his Scottish sweetheart, Agnes and brought her over to Malaysia in 1903. They had a daughter named Helen the next year.
In 1909 Smith built his first mansion, “Kellas House” and in 1915 with the birth of his son and heir Anthony he started planning for a huge castle with Scottish, Moorish and Indian architecture. He brought in 70 craftsmen from Madras India. All the bricks and marble were imported from India, too. Included in the plan for the 6 storey tower were Malaya’s first elevator, an indoor tennis court and a rooftop courtyard for entertaining.
Let the tour begins…
This is the side view of the castle. There’s a stairs all the way up.
The stairway leading up to the balcony on the upper floor where it was rumoured that William Smith’s ghost was seen walking about, looking out the window.