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Kellie's Castle

Updated on June 12, 2013

Kellie's Castle

Located in Malaysia in the state of Perak near the Batu Gajah town, this castle have an unique history consist of historical value and also mythical elements. A must see tourist destination if you are going to visit Malaysia.

If you are going to take picture there, Here are the advice.

Go in the morning, you will have the sun behind you, dont forget to use fill in flash. Or, go in the evening and the sun will be behind you lighting up the castle for you

Kellie's Castle
Kellie's Castle

History of Kellie's Castle

William Kellie Smith

At the age of 20, William Kellie Smith travel to Malaya, now known as Malaysia to seek fortune. He came from a a village in Scotland known as Kellas. In Malaya, Smith meet with Alma Baker, an estate owner who offer him to work in developing public road in South Perak. With this share of the profits from the venture, he bought 1,000 acres of jungle land in the Kinta District, and cleared it to plant rubber. He later named the estate Kinta Kellas, after his home farm, Easter Kellas. In time, he became the owner of Kinta Kellas Estate and the Kinta Kellas Tin Dredging Company.

Kella's House
Kella's House

The Kellas house

The first step

He built his first house known as Kellas House in the estate in 1910 for his wife, Agnes Smith and their first child, Helen Agnes. This house and its ruin can still be seen today which is located just beside Kellie's Castle. What is left of the first house today is just the foundation and parts of the wall. One of the remaining wall has been reinforced by steel to prevent it from falling down.

Kellie's Castle
Kellie's Castle

The Building Strated

Beginning of Prosperity

Smith married with his Scottish sweetheart, Agnes, and brought her over to Malaysia in 1903. The following year, the couple was blessed with a daughter whom they named Helen. For many years after that, Agnes tried to conceive, but to no avail. William Smith desperately wanted a son and heir to take over his empire in the Malay Isles. After many years, Agnes finally gave birth to a son, Anthony, in 1915. The birth of his child was the start of even greater success for William Smith. To celebrate Anthony's birth, William Smith decided to expand on his mansion. Smith started planning for a huge castle which he planned to call Kellas House, after his hometown in Scotland.

Why He Build It?

The long awaited son

Kellie wanted a son very badly. One of the Madras laborers told him that by praying to Amman (a Hindu Goddess), whom they believe will grant their wish. So Smith prayed to her and Agnes conceived and delivered a baby boy. As a token of appreciation, Kellie built a Hindu Temple for the Goddess.

As he was so fond of the Goddess that he wanted to have built a statue of him beside her. Therefore a statue of a white man can be seen on the roof of temple today, alongside statues of Hindu gods and goddesses. It is believed that a tunnel was built for his family to visit the temple from the castle.

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.

But it was not only the cost of importing material and labourers from abroad that made the house so fascinating to locals and travelers alike. 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.

The corridor
The corridor

Paranormal Encounter

Lurking on the corridor

The corridor on where some visitors claimed to catch the glimpse of Kellie. Some believe his spirit still lurk around the place.


The Daugther

The white gown

Some visitor claimed sighting Helen, the daughter of Kellie in this room . She emerged from this door for a few seconds and then disappeared. She was wearing white blouse, curly hair and aged around 6 years old.


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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Thank you for publishing this tour of history. I enjoyed it.

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      mihaelaschwartz1 5 years ago

      @aka sakabato: The castle is great, but this article's spelling and grammar....

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      jati28 6 years ago

      nice castle, but under sea castle is much amazing..

    • aka sakabato profile image

      aka sakabato 7 years ago

      @Fcuk Hub: Thanks, we got a few more castle like this in Malaysia. This is the only one nearby.

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      Fcuk Hub 7 years ago

      Hi, the castles are my hobbie. I didn't know that in Malaysia is one (or maybe more?). Keep going, great work :)