8 Must-Visit Cave Temples In Ipoh 2022

If you’re planning to visit Ipoh, there is no reason for you to skip cave temples. There are many natural limestone caves in Ipoh. In Ipoh, those limestone caves are more unique because the ancestors built temples in the spectacular caves. That’s why many would say that if you did not visit the cave temples in Ipoh, you’re not considered a Perak visitor. 

Most of the temples are based on Taoism. However, you don’t have to worry if you’re not a Taoist, because the temples welcome everyone. As long as you follow their rules and don’t destroy the place, you would have a wonderful experience over there. 

What are cave temples?

The idea of cave temples is actually brought by China to Central Asia. One of the earliest cave temples is called Dunhuang and it is built in the year 366. Since there are many limestone caves available in Ipoh, people started to build temples out of the caves. Gradually, there are more and more cave temples built and thus become the attractions of Ipoh.

There is no difference between cave temples and ordinary temples. It is only that cave temples are more special because it is located in the caves. Hence, the people would make good use of this characteristic by drawing murals on the cave and hollowing out rock faces of deities. 

8 must-visit cave temples in Ipoh 2022

1. Perak Tong Temple

Perak Tong Temple
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Perak Tong Temple
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Perak Tong Temple is one of the most famous cave temples in Ipoh. It is founded in 1926 by Cong Sen Yee and his wife, Choong Chan Yoke. There are a few colourful mural paintings of deities. It is near to the Ipoh Utara North-South highway exit. If you are heading to Ipoh from the northern part of Malaysia, this can be your first place to visit. 

Operating Hours: 8 am – 5 pm daily

Address: Jln. Kuala Kangsar, Kawasan Perindustrian Tasek, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.

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2. Ling Sen Tong Temple

Ling Sen Tong Temple
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Ling Sen Tong Temple
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According to some visitors, Ling Sen Tong is the least cave-like temple because many of its buildings are built outside the cave. When you step in here, the first thing that comes in your eyes would be the huge Guan Yin statue. Furthermore, the temple and its statues are so colourful that some might think it is a theme park. 

Operating Hours: 9 am – 6 pm daily

Address: 31350 Ipoh, Perak.

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3. Sam Poh Tong Temple

Sam Poh Tong Temple
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Sam Poh Tong Temple
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First-timers would always confuse between Sam Poh Tong and Ling Sen Tong because it is located nearby Ling Sen Tong. Compared to Ling Sen Tong, the statues in Sam Poh Tong is lesser. Sam Poh Tong would be more suitable for those who enjoy green scenery as there are many plants here. Plus, it is surrounded by trees and hills. 

Operating Hours: 7:00 am – 2:30 pm daily

Address: Kampung Gunung Rapat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak.

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4. Guanyin Cave

Guanyin Cave
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Guanyin Cave
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Guanyin cave is just a few kilometers away Ling Sen Tong. Thus, you may have a plan to go Ling Sen Tong, Sam Poh Tong and Guanyin Cave in a go. Since it is called Guanyin Cave, there are many Guanyin statues in this cave temple. This temple is more suitable for youngsters as there are some interesting 3D murals.

Operating Hours: 8 am – 5 pm daily

Address: Lot 21606, Batu 4 1/2, Jalan Gopeng, 31350 Ipoh, Perak, 1, 31350 Ipoh, Perak.

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5. Kek Look Tong Temple

Kek Look Tong Temple
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Kek Look Tong Temple
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Kek Look Tong is the best cave temple to spend a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon. This cave temple is extremely big and windy. Behind the cave, there is a pond and garden which is very suitable for a walk. Since this cave temple is very beautiful, there are some locals who would come here for no reason.

Operating Hours: 9 am – 4 pm daily

Address: Pesiaran Sepakat 3, Taman Endah Jaya, 31350 Ipoh, Perak.

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6. Huat Tian Keong Temple

Huat Tian Keong Temple
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Huat Tian Keong Temple
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Huat Tian Keong is lesser known because of its geographical area since it is located in a housing area in Bercham. In addition, it is quite dark and there is no colourful and attractive murals. Other than Chinese deities, the cave temple is also celebrating a Thai monk. 

Operating Hours: 8 am – 5 pm daily

Address: Lebuh Bercham Selatan, Taman Desa Impian, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.

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7. Nam Thean Tong Temple

Nam Thean Tong Temple
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Nam Thean Tong Temple
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This is one of the oldest cave temples in Ipoh. It is established since 1867. The signature of Nam Thean Tong is the huge golden Confucious statue in front of the temple. Since most of the Chinese believe that Confucious would take care of the students’ study, you would see that many parents bring their children over here.

Operating Hours: 8 am – 2 pm daily

Address: 3 Jalan Gopeng 1, 30250 Ipoh, Perak.

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8. Dong Hua Cave Temple

Dong Hua Cave Temple
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Dong Hua Cave Temple
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There are fewer people who know about Dong Hua Cave because it is not located in the city. Anyways, it is very special as it is embedded in limestone. Unlike other cave temples, you will need to climb up a stone staircase to reach the temple. Hence, it is not recommended to bring along elderies.  

Operating Hours: 8 am – 5 pm daily

Address: Lot 26006, Hala Perindustrian 1, Taman Bistari, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.

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