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Kellie's Castle, Batu Gajah

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Castle Tourist Spot
Brought to fame by the award-winning movie "Anna and the King," Kellie's Castle was built by a Scottish farmer named William Kellie Smith as a gift for his family. Unfortunately, Kelly Smith died while on a trip and the mansion remained unfinished. Wall plaques provide both Malay and English explanations of each room, as well as the back story of the owner and his family. The castle and its grounds remain an excellent opportunity for photography enthusiast and history buffs--the second floor even includes an incomplete tennis court. Stop by one of the nearby cafes for refreshments and snacks after your tour. Use our Batu Gajah itinerary builder to add Kellie's Castle and other attractions to your Batu Gajah vacation plans.
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  • I personally enjoy visiting and admiring ruins so this castle was perfect. Enjoyed reading the captions of each section of the castle. Beautifully located too. Except for the boys who handled the phot...  more »
  • So usually there is no Western tourists! I am but on visiting my father-in-law and his house is situated at 5 minutes from Kelly Castle... If you look in the environment since (Ipoh / Batu Gajah) then worth a visit! But beware, it should here spirits have...
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  • A rather uncanny and unfinished castle built by an eccentric Scotsman William Kelly Smith who died of pneumonia in Lisborne, Portugal was buried in Britian nevertheless it is said that his spirit roam...  more »
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  • For people who like to see architecture, Kellie's Castle would be good. The second and third floors are mostly refurbished that the brick walls are mostly covered by cement and painted white, a huge contrast to the first floor. However, many of the place's signage were about ghost stories and are repetitive. Also at the entrance, after you pay, they will ask you for a photo "just for documentation purposes". But before you leave the place, they will approach you with your photos printed a put in a frame (with brochures) and sold to you for RM 40.
  • It's actually pretty okay for people who enjoy architecture and history but even then, the signage were not informative enough. Quite a number of it is just about how there are ghosts in there. What was a real turn off was the unethical approach of taking a photo of you before entering, claiming it for 'record purposes' and then when you exit from the castle, they would have a hard copy of you printed and to be sold to you. It's both lying and unethical as people may not wish to have hard copies of photos kept when they refuse to buy it. If they want to try selling photos, just be honest upfront and ask if we want it and not lie about it, calling it for record purpose. It's actually embarrassing as this is a place that local government is advertising and endorsing.
  • Nice site to visit and get to know more about its story behind and the tin mining Golden era. Top few floors get to see amazing view of the surroundings but personally don't feel safe on the lack of barriers and with kids around.
  • It's a good place to explore Malaysia history. Not that good maintenance but nonetheless it's educational and can be very informative.
  • Could have done more to enhance this historical site. Have potential to be a better must visit tourist site.

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