When I was little, whenever we traveled along the road between Gopeng and Batu Gajah and needed to pass by this abandoned castle at night, we'd stop talking, stop giggling or laughing. We'd sit still and be very quiet because we were scared of the eerie surroundings but at the same intrigued by the mysteries and myths surrounding this haunted castle. The caretaker of this castle, the taxi drivers that ply the route, my parents, our friends and relatives and even the paranormal researchers with scientific gadgets have stories to tell and evidences to show. The encounters happen not only at night or after sundown, but you may also experience it during the day. There's no guarantee of an apparition but you may just get lucky!
This is how Kellie's Castle looked like in 1955 picture taken before I was born. It was all covered up with jungle vegetation. Like the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, the castle had slept for three quarters of a century (since 1926), shrouded in mystery and covered in near darkness.
During the day, the more daring ones would venture into the building, climb the staircases that lead up to the tower and down the dungeons, just to have some adrenalin rush. Despite the eeriness, this castle was also quite a popular meeting place for the boys and girls during the school holidays. They'd cycle all the way from town to have a date cum picnic here. Despite the spooky ambience, romance did blossom between some couples that lead to marriage!
* Information provided by Mr Anthony Morris
Kellie's Castle in 2001.
Much of the jungle vegetation has been cleared and there's a bridge now.
Some old but interesting native rainforest trees were spared.
Now visitors can just take a walk across the bridge to the old English manor.
Kellie's Castle in 2013.
By now, it has already been given a makeover and landscaped.
Can you imagine a Tropical Colonial Garden within the grounds of a haunted English castle?
What's the real story behind this English castle in Malaysia?
What has it got to do with the Hindu temple by the river?
Was this castle a gift of love from Scotsman William Kellie Smith to his wife, Agnes?
Was this to be his dream home?
Kellie's Castle Malaysia Discovery Channel - Part 1 of 3