Kellie’s Castle

11 10 2008
Kellie's Castle

Today 5 of us journeyed to the South of Perak on a photography trip. Our first stop was the place you see above. Kellie’s Castle just outside the town of Batu Gajah. The castle has a colourful but mysterious history attached to it and definitely worth a visit. Our day begun at 6.30 a.m and ended when we arrived back in Subang at about 8 p.m. I shall update this post after I get a much deserved shower and much needed sleep.

We arrived in the area at about 9 a.m and decided to get some breakfast which turned out to be a good idea because there is no food or drinks to be bought at Kellie’s Castle. We arrived at the Castle at 9.40 a.m and started to click away from across the river. The castle and it’s setting makes for great pictures. It sits on a hillock with a river running past it. I have been here long ago before there wasa bridge across the river and there were no admission charges. Nowadays tourists have to pay RM4 just to cross the bridge to visit the castle. But hold on, just as I was about to pay the person in the ticketing booth told us that we could not bring in our DSLR’s as these were considered “professional equipment not normally brought in by normal tourist”. Damn, here I am on a holiday and someone manages to get my blood going early in the morning. This guy then proceeded to pull out what he said is a “schedule of special charges” and said,” If yo uinsist on bringing those cameras in to the castle then I would have to charge you differently . . .it is very expensive you know”. I took a deep breath and told him that we were just here on a holiday and these are the only cameras we have. I was not about to relent to this kind of absurd rules or unreasonable extortion. I am not even sure these “special charges” existed since he did not show me the schedule. After a while he relented and told us to pay the RM4/person entry fees. We were in. And as you can see Afiq quickly “got down” to the business of taking pictures. “Macam Pro lah” as the malays would say.

Pro at work

Pro at work

Kellie's Castle
lift shaft

Blue Skies

Blue Skies

The castle is actually an unfinished house started by William Kellie Smith in the early part of the 20th century. But as you can see it really does look like a small castle upon a hill top. In one of the pictures above you can see a lift shaft that has been incorporated into the tower. Had it been completed Kellie’s Castle would have been the first ever building to have had a lift in this part of the world. Kellie must have been a man of some vision when he built his home, for from just about anywhere in this building he would have a spectacular views of the land which surrounds it. Here below is a view from one of the many rooms in the castle.

I made my way up to the roof of the tower which houses the main stair case and the lift shaft. You can see that tower very prominently in the pictures above. it is a bit scary up on that roof as there are no barricades to prevent you from falling off it onto the the grounds 4 floors below! But the view from the rooftop is simply breath taking.

The group picture above was taken on the roof of the main building. Behind us is the tower which attaches to the house. The wall to the left really looks like a battlement from the a real castle. Was William Kellie Smith envisioning an attack on his castle by the local militia?  Nobody knows what Kellie had in mind. His name only became famous after the rediscovery of this “castle” in the middle of nowhere. Nobody actually knows what became of him. On the walls of this castle along the corridors leading to the many rooms are stories about the history of this castle. There are 3 stories of what might have befallen William Kellie in the early part of the last century. Finally, it is said that his spirit still roams the castle in search of his family.

There are some really great pictures of the guys doing jumps and “matrix” style moves up on this part of the roof. I hope they’ll send some to me so I may put them up here. How about it guys?

Was the 200km journey worth it to see this castle? You can bet it is. There are lots more pictures I would have like to capture but the light of the midday sun was too harsh for great photography and we were fast becoming severely dehydrated. Besides, we still have another destination planned for today. So we packed our equipment and headed for the town of Batu Gajah nearby for lunch and rehydration.

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9 responses

12 10 2008
tzywen

look at the last photo. can you spot the odd one out? lol

12 10 2008
keithkyp

Very detailed description of Kellie’s Castle …

13 10 2008
nenebubuchacha

wah semua N user ar?

what’s with the 2nd last pic, always taking those shots. LOL.

13 10 2008
jokeserv

yes apparently.

13 10 2008
tzywen

YongHua: not all N users. Got 1 A user haha

14 10 2008
nenebubuchacha

woah tzywen.

whos the A user.?

15 10 2008
virtualmystic

You mean you can’t spot the A user? Roger Ki’ing. But the A200 was outnumbered 5 to 1 by two D40’s, one D80, one F65 and one FE! hahaha!

21 10 2008
jokeserv

but he just sold it and bought a d40. nikon ftw

21 10 2008
virtualmystic

Yeah I heard. So it’ll be an all Nikon trip this friday? Hahahaha!

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