I had chicken rice which tasted nice, or maybe because I was really hungry. It is also quite cheap. One plate costs RM2.50 but mine was char siew with chicken so it costs RM3.30, which I think is still slightly cheaper than KL's.
So, the bus driver, knowing we were not locals, was supposed to tell us where to stop but he forgot and overshort our stop!!!
Website view/info: William Kellie Smith, born in Dallas, North-Eastern Scotland to a farmer and his wife on 1st of March, 1870. At the tender age of 20, he traveled to Malaya to seek for his fortune.
Later in 1915 with the birth of a son and heir, Smith decided to build the Kellie's Castle (just in front of the Kellas House). It is believed to be a gift for his wife or for the birth of his son - Anthony.
There have been many myths or legends or rumours spreading around about the mysterious castle. Some say that Smith's spirit still wanders inside the castle, especially along the corridors, guarding his great mansion. And that's why much of the structure still remain intact after so many years.
Some say there are lots of "spirits" wandering around the castle since workers died during the construction and also people who died during the 2nd world war.
It is believed that there are 4 underground tunnels. One is connecting the castle to the Hindu temple 500m in the west, one is connecting to the main gate garage in the south and one is connecting to the road in the east. How about the last one? It's still undiscovered. There are rumours about this secret tunnel that it had been used as an execution hub of the Japanese army in World War II. And some say it was the secret tunnel being used by Chen Ping (the famous communist leader in Malaya) in between 50s to 60s.
My view: I really like this place a lot. Maybe because I am always fascinated by historical objects. But I do think that this place is a little TOO commercialised. All those information signs on the walls - are they for real? Or just created to attract tourists? A must-visit but not more than once because it can get a tad too boring.
The buses that passed through Kellie's Castle comes once every hour and the last bus is at 6pm, that is what the guy at the counter told us. So about 4.50 pm, we walked to the "bus stop" and whaddya know? The bus came at 4.55 pm! Really punctual!!! Why can't all buses in KL be like that?
So, from Kellie's Castle, we took a bus to Gopeng. When we reached Gopeng Bus Station, we looked at the notices for buses to Kampar but just 5 minutes in, we saw a bus heading to Kampar going inside the bus station! What sheer luck!!! We quickly board the bus and headed to our next destination - Kampar.
TO BE CONTINUED
P.S. I have been blogging 24/7 about my trip to Perak because I am leaving for Melaka on Tuesday and I want to blog as soon as possible about my Perak trip while the memory is still fresh!