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Teluk Intan’s Leaning Clock Tower
While the leaning tower of Pisa is well known, the leaning clock tower of Teluk Intan is virtually unheard of outside Malaysia. Yet it is the second largest tower so inclined. it was built in 1885 by a Chinese tin tycoon Leong Choon Chong in the
shape of a Chinese pagoda.
It stood at an imposing height of 25.5m (84ft), but started to tilt slowly between 1889 and 1895 due to its unstable foundations. The local inhabitants believed the tower was under a curse and some even moved away.
Teluk Intan is in Southern Perak on the Perak River,
some 90 km from Ipoh

Kellies Castle
the castle was built by a Scottish planter, William Kellie-Smith. Born William Smith in Kellas, Scotland on March 1, 1870, he later added the name Kellie which was his mother’s maiden name. It is said he came in 1890 when he was 20 and made his fortune in rubber and tin mining. His first rubber estate, Kinta Kellas, became a household name. He married Agnes Smith in 1903 and they had two children.

Oddly though, he built an eccentric mansion that combined three distinct architectural styles – Moorish, Greco-Roman and Indian. In doing so he achieved a unique blend of east and west and this legacy of his has survived the passage of time.

What prompted Kellie-Smith to build a castle in Malaya? According to the many stories – It was for the love for his wife / he wanted a home in the style of his old country as both he and his wife missed home tremendously. Construction began in 1920 and went on for six years. Kellie personally supervised the construction of the castle. He brought in workers who specialised in marble construction from Madras, India. The whole castle was built from quality red bricks. Kellie also brought in an architect from England to construct this castle.

An epidemic of Spanish flu killed most of the 70 Indian construction workers brought in to work on the project. Kellie-Smith then stopped construction of the castle and instead built a Hindu temple nearby for his workers. The story behind this being that Kellie-Smith had vowed to build the temple if his wife bore him children. When she did, the temple was erected. Upon scrutiny of the temple, which is still standing today, you will see the statue of Kellie-Smith sculptured on its roof, in remembrance of the man said to have won the hearts of his employees.

The construction was stopped when Kellie failed to return from one of his ill-fated trips to England. He passed away in Lisbon, Portugal in December 1926. It was also said that he had gone to England to bring back a lift that he intended to install in the tower of the castle. But he never returned. Rumour has it that Kellie-Smith died of pneumonia. This left his dream castle uncompleted. His children decided to return to England and his son Anthony was killed during World War II. The castle has been declared as a historical ruin and is frequently visited by
curious local and foreign tourists.

In June 2003, during a road widening project at the 6th kilometre stretch of the Gopeng-Batu Gajah road, workers uncovered a section of tunnel believed to connect the castle to the Hindu temple. Measuring 1.5km high by 1m wide, the tunnel added yet another touch of mystery to the castle.
Kellies Castle exudes a somewhat eerie feeling – as if some spirits from another world roan the place. There are many tales of this place, including visitors who claim to have seen a six-year-old white girl in what’s called Helen’s Room as well as the man himself, William Kellie Smith, roaming its corridors.

The stories about Kellie’s Castle and its creator continue to be told from generation to generation. The beautiful part of Kellie’s Castle is that there are no answers to every question, allowing us ponder at it and the man behind it.
Located near Batu Gajah and is about 30 minutes’ drive from Ipoh

Lata Kinjang
One of the best known falls in and tallest falls of Malaysia, it consists of a series of falls and cascades ranging in height from a few metres to over 100m!
The total height of the Kinjang series of falls is said to be well over 800m. Cement steps bring you to a suspension bridge and to the main cascade. Climbing up the sides of the falls you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape.
Visitors will find a parking area, foodstalls, an orchid garden and bamboo park here, too.

About 18km from Tapah town, Lata Kinjang is accessible from the North-South highway, take the Tapah Exit, and continue north on the trunk road nr 1. Follow the signboards to Chenderiang. Past this village the road to the falls is clearly indicated. At the end of this road, there are hawker stalls and you can park your car.

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