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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Buddhist Cave Temples in Ipoh

I've been to Ipoh a few times but somehow I never got to see the place. There are so many great places to explore here but due to time constraints, we only had a brief stop at Ipoh. Incase you don't know, Ipoh is the hometown of the popular international actress Michelle Yeoh and this is also the place where the movie "Anna and the King" was filmed.

She's cool and kicks ass

Anyway, let's get back to what I really want to share with you which is Ipoh's hidden treasures. Yeah, you heard me! You must be wondering what kind of hidden treasures? LOL! Mind you, it has got nothing to do with some diamonds or gold mines or any national treasures. hehe ...Let me just say, Ipoh is undoubtedly a treasure house of magnificent caves. Most of the hills around Ipoh are limestone hills, many of them with unique caves. So, some of the cave temples that I've visited include Kek Long Tong (Cavern of Ultimate Bliss), Sam Poh Tong(Cavern of the Triple Gems) and Ling Sen Tong. "Tong" literally means 'cave' in Chinese.

Kek Lok Tong is a cave temple that lies on the other side of the same limestone hill as Sam Poh Tong. It is somewhat cleaner, quieter and more cooling environment and has the awesome scenic view from the cave.
The inner part of the cave is very huge and the limestone formation is awesome.

The cave temple houses many impressive buddhist statues and deities

the exit of the cave

The landscape garden outside of the cave is really pristine and breathtaking.

This is Sam Poh Tong entrance. It is said to be the biggest cave temple in the country.

It's one of the famous caves in Ipoh

Centre of the cave

some of the great landscapes around the surrounding.

Sam Poh Tong’s popular attraction is the semi-circular tortoise pond where there are hundreds of tortoises (a symbol of longevity) of various sizes. Visitors can feed tortoises with stalks of vegetables.

The front section of the colourful temple is attractively adorned with mesmerising wonders of Buddha and deities as well as dragons and other mythical figures, which make it a wonderful place to take pictures.


  1. I love those cave temples in Ipoh. They are very nice and peaceful places. Btw, you take nice photos : )

  2. I like the beautiful park at Kek Long Tong!

    btw, you've been tagged!
    ;-) have a great weekend!

  3. More than 20 years ago, I went to Ipoh, brief stop only for lunch. I want to visit it again. I heard there's a lot of good food and interesting stuff to explore.

  4. foong,
    thanx, i'll take that as a compliment.

  5. monica,
    each place has its own unique charm and they are all fascinating.

  6. ECL,
    Wow, 20 years is a very long time. there are rapid changes in ipoh. it's like now you dont see it but now you do. too bad, I haven't had much of a time to explore around town.

  7. That is a nice place. I used to stop by whenever I go Ipoh.

  8. molly,
    yeah, i want to visit the city again.