Umer Hayat Palace is an architectural wonder of Chiniot, Jhang, Pakistan. It is believed Umer Hayat, a successful trader, had the magnificent palace constructed for his newborn son. It took 10 years and 200,000 Rupees for the palace to be constructed, although Umer Hayat died a few months before completion.
Three years later, the palace was the scene of immense celebration as the wedding of Umer Hayat’s only son, Gulzar Muhammad, took place. Sadly, the very next day, Gulzar was found dead in suspicious circumstances. His mother, overcome with grief at the death of her only child, died a few months later. Both mother and son were buried in the courtyard of the palace.
The palace was abandoned by relatives, scared off by the misfortunes which had occurred there, and has never been lived in since.
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