Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple – Limestone cave temples in Ipoh
Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple is one of the oldest limestone cave temples in Ipoh. Being the largest cave temple in Malaysia, it definitely calls for some attention. This Chinese Buddhist place of worship is within a natural limestone cave. With a long history that goes as far back as 1912, this temple is still inhabited by the Buddhist believers today.
Sam Poh Tong is truly an impressive work of art. Numerous beautifully carved statues of Buddha interspersed among the stalagmites and stalactites in a natural cave formation. Legend has it that Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple Malaysia was discovered by a Chinese monk many years ago, around 1890 while he was passing through Ipoh. He made Sam Poh Tong his home for twenty years until he passed away. Since then it has been developed by people belonging to the Buddhist society and the temple has turned into a world-renowned tourist attraction visited by many believers.
Surrounding this temple is a 250 steps climb which takes you to the hill top with a spectacular view of Ipoh. There is also an award-winning garden surrounding a beautiful fish pond at the back of the temple. You can buy some vegetables and fish feeds to feed the tortoises and fish, which are a symbol of longevity and good luck.
Head over to Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple today, and have a meaningful trip in Ipoh!
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