Sunday, May 20, 2007

Pangkor Island, Perak, Malaysia

Dutch Fort

At Teluk Gudang lies the 300-year-old stone foundations of a Dutch Fort built in 1670. It was one of the Dutch strongholds against pirates and local Malays. The fort was abandoned after it was attacked by a local warrior, Panglima Kulub, and his followers. Muzium Negara undertook its reconstruction in 1973. Today, only the stone foundations and carvings on a large rock left by the soldiers remain.

Enroute to pangkor via Batu Gajah, you will pass by an unfinished castle called kellie's castle. Kellie's Castle was meant to be a home away from home for Scottish Planter, William Kellie Smith in the 19th century in Perak.

Construction of this fine architecturally one-of-its-kind castle begun in 1915. However, it came to an abrupt halt with Kellie's sudden death in 1926.

The castle is situated on the way to Batu Gajah town at the Kinta Kellas Rubber Estate, about 30-minute drive and 14 km south of Ipoh City.

Not far from the castle, there is an Indian shrine where William Kellie Smith was part of the fixture. Refer to statue dressed in brown uniform.

1 comment:

KC Low said...

It's me Low Kim Chuan.
Nice Blog.....keep on !!

Fantastic photos.