Perak Cave Temple
Perak Tong is located within the huge limestone caves of Gunung Tasek, 6 km to the north of Ipoh, nestles the Perak Tong temple. The Perak Tong is a popular tourist destination and a historical destination near the town of Ipoh. This was part of my 3-in-1 Ipoh Trip … Geng!
Perak Cave Temple (Perak Tong)
The temple in the cave built in 1926 by a Buddhist priest from China and it houses over 40 Buddha. When you entered to this temple, you will see a 12.8m high sitting Buddha which is the tallest and largest of its kind in Malaysia when first commissioned.
It’s very easy to find from the side of the main road. Therefore, no way to miss this tourist spot. If you happen to drive from Ipoh town or exit from the North South Expressway (PLUS) through Sungai Siput exit, you will find this temple on your right not far away from the highway exit.
A little introduction about Perak Tong.
In 1926, Chong Sen Yee and his wife Choong Chan Yoke who came from Jiao – Ling province of China, discovered Perak Tong. On approval from the Perak State Government they started to develop the cave temple. As Chong Sen Yee was mainly involved in the planning and development of the cave temple, his wife went all out to look for donations to carry out the plan, locally and internationally. After more than 50 years of diligent and careful work in and around the cave temple, Perak Tong has become one of the best cave temples in Malaysia. Chong Sen Yee passed away in 1980 and his wife Choong Chan Yoke in 1983, handling the heritage to the son Chong Yin Chat. He put even greater effort into the temple and thus enhanced Perak Tong into an international tourist spot in Perak. There are several major attraction available at the temple like the beautiful landscape flower garden in front of the temple. Here you can feed the monkeys in the mornings and late evenings. As you enter the temple, you will be greeted with a 40 feet tall Buddha statue. The inner part of the cave has natural limestone wonders and decorated with statue of deities. There are also colorful paintings and calligraphic writings by Chong Yin Chat himself and among others. There is a staircase of about 450 steps, which takes you right to the top of the limestone hill, where one can have an overall view of Ipoh city and its surroundings.
This limestone caves contains the beautiful stalagmites and stalactites formed in various shapes naturally. There are drawings and writings on it if you look around the walls. These drawing are about the stories of Buddha.
The best part of this cave temple is about the long staircase up to the top. This passage leads you to the interior of the caves and a steep climb it opens in to a ledge. The staircase was wet and slippery while the walls are cold.
The water dripping is happened in few certain points. And it was tiring but satisfied. It’s a good exercise too.
I can see a pavillion further up. I was sweating and I didn’t expected it. This was the place where we rest for a while.
An abandoned building on the cave.
In front of me here is a piece of calligraphy to enjoy. It’s means ‘Buddha’.
We managed to reach the top for amazing cave view. Yo! I didn’t believe I had made it up of 385 steps.
This ledge offers view of the country side.
You should go up and see by yourself. The steps to the peak is closed after 4pm for safety purpose.
Updates on 12 Jan 2010: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/1/12/nation/20090112173633&sec=nation
Due to recent case, Perak CM has ordered the popular cave temple closed indefinitely. The rock fall happened and destroyed the staircase leading up to the limestone peak. It was a surprise to me when it happened in less than a month since my last visits. Since it was close indefinitely from tourist, I’m wondering whether any safety measurement will be put in place to make sure all of us are safe to visit the cave again?