Saturday, December 15, 2012

Kellie's Castle, Batu Gajah, June 2012

Dear Diary,

As we were driving towards Gopeng exit, I noticed Kellie’s Castle signboard. It must be somewhere around there. As convincingly as I could be, I pleaded my case with Hubby. Even the kids joined me and begged their Abah. We wanted to do some sightseeing before continuing our journey home.

At first, Hubby was quite reluctant but after relentless pleadings from us he finally gave in. Yea!!! We got to go to Kellie’s Castle. Well, that’s the nearest tourist spot to our route and that’s where we visited.

A bit of info on Kellie’s Castle taken from Wikipedia and
Kellie’s castle, a popular tourist attraction, is located near Batu Gajah. Owned by William Kellie-Smith, it was initially built to celebrate a new family member, a long awaited son and heir. The unfinished mansion was never meant to realize all its owner’s dreams. Sadly, Kellie-Smith died before his castle’s construction completed. It was also one of the settings for film Anna and the King.

The remains of the castle still stand erected till today. From what I saw and gathered, Kellie’s Castle would have been one huge mansion with many areas cater for specific tasks/events. Its complete structure would surpass any building in that era.

It was a good exercise for all of us since we sweat a lot in the course of exploring the castle.

Address: Jalan Gopeng, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak. Operating hours: 9am – 6pm (opens daily). Entrance fees: RM5 (foreigners), RM4 (locals), RM3 (schoolchildren) and free for children below 6 years old.

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Madam Sooyaree said...

Hahaha.. I pun tak pernah sampai sini! Cuti2 Malaysia, fail!

Unaizah said...

Madam Sooyaree - I pun nasib je hari tu. Unplanned overnight kat Ipoh. Nak balik on the way nak exit into PLUS ternampak signboard tempat ni.