Perak Tong (Perak Cave)

The Perak Tong temple is nestled within the huge limestone caves of Gunung Tasek, about 6 kilometres north of Ipoh City. It was built in 1962 by a Buddhist priest from China and now houses over 40 Buddha.

Having gone past the main altar, one would find a passage to the cave's interior, with a steep climb of 385 steps to an opening which will reveal to the visitor a splendourous view of the surrounding countryside.

Sam Poh Tong

Another famous cave temple is the Sam Poh Tong temple. This temple is located about 5 kilometres south of Ipoh City. An impressive work of art, faith and belief, the Perak Tong houses various statues of Buddha among natural stalactites and stalagmites.

In the compound, there is a pond where visitors can feed the tortoises with stalks of vegetables ( In the Chinese and Buddhist comminity, the tortoise is the symbol of longlivity ). There is also a wishing well for those who seek for better fortunes.

After a long day of exploring the temple and caves, there is a vegetarian restaurant outside the temple for a good meal.

 

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