The British controlled Malaya in the early 1900s, as much as the Empire controlled many more around the world in its heydays. To exploit the lands they conquered, opportunities were freely given to adventurous entrepreneurs, such as to a young Scotsman called William Kellie Smith, who became a legend in Batu Gajah, an agricultural outpost destined first for a bountiful coffeeland which was not to be.
The then wealthy (if not mad) Scottish proceeded to build a humongous pseudo English/Moorish Mansion on a hillock in the tropical jungle near a river with local & imported craftsmen sometime in the 1910s. It is said he was driven by a wild desire to elevate his social standing amongst the English elites who were making waves in the local scene, or as a love monument to his young English wife. Whatever the case, the poor man died before the Big Thing could be completed and was left abandoned as dead.
Today the partially restored/refurbished “haunted castle” is alive again & has become a kind of low-keyed tourist attraction mainly for curious passers by or as an Old World backdrop for wedding albums.
You can explore the vast waste land & enjoy Kellie’s bad dream for a cheap RM5 an entry or perhaps find the inspiration to reminish on the what-might-have-been.
Yeah, why not !