Sunday, September 6, 2009

A visit to Kellie's Castle

Kellie's Castle (sometimes also called Kellie's Folly) is located near Batu Gajah, and is about 20 minutes drive from Ipoh, Perak.
We went for a visit with parents and students on 28.11.2008. 17 adults and 27 children joined this learning trip. Today was absolutely gorgeous. It was sunny and breezy, not warm, not cold, just righ.
Many might find it boring and just another empty building.To me, it is deeply interesting. Walls and ruins that tell stories and tales of the unfulfilled. Definitely worth a visit.

The Perak State Government in line with its promotion for the tourist attraction properly maintains this castle in terms of cleanliness and facilities.
It was an abandoned European Castle lost in the jungles of Perak. Today Kellie's Castle is on the tourist map of Malaysia. In fact, some of the filming of “Anna and the King of Siam” with Jodi Foster were filmed at Kellie's Castle.
Kellie's Castle was built by William Kellie Smith, a Scottish planter, as love gift for his wife, Agnes. At the age of 20, he travelled to Malaya to seek his fortune. He made his fortune from tin and in 1896 he built Kellas house and he returned to Scotland to marry his sweet heart Agnes. He brought Agnes to Malaya, they were blessed with a daughter and a son. The rage at the time was for the wealthy to own a castle hence he built Kellie's castle.

Unfortunately he died of pneumonia on 1926 in Lisbon. Distraught Agnes went back to England leaving the uncompleted castle.
It is believed that Kellie's Castle has hidden rooms and a secret tunnel.

Dad was having so much fun taking pictures and learning how to take better pictures. He let the pictures do all the talking. There are many stories behind this particular castle.Lydia and Priscilla, interested in an educational vacation? Learn more about Malaysia's history and heritage while on holiday. There's always something to be learnt about Malaysia's rich culture.

Dad and mom are currently planning our next visit. Adventure travel is a great way to explore remote locations, immerse yourself in new cultures, see amazing natural settings, and enjoy outdoor activities.
Children, happy visiting and learning. 

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