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“Oldest and largest temple in Ipoh”

Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

The temple is large but not all places are accessible to public. There is a garden at the front of the temple and we bought fish food to feed the many fishes in the pond. There is also a turtle pond, you have to walk through the main hall to get there. We had some fun feeding the turtles vegetables.

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Reviewed 26 May 2017

Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple is one of the oldest ones in Ipoh. The outside is beautifully landscaped with a garden with bonsai trees and a large pond full of fishes.It is a cool place in a hot day. We saw a turtle and monkeys.
It is an authentic and old Chinese temple built within a cave. If you like Buddhist culture, this is the place you should visit. Chinese architectural designs too is an attraction along with feeding of tortoises in the pond.
Traditional cremation chambers using firewood are clearly visible too.It is a typical Chinese temple built under a hill. Definitely it is worth to see and gives you some taste of Chinese culture. No entrance fee is charged. It is definitely a nice place.
There is a vegetarian restaurant in the temple too. They have a beautiful Chinese garden in front of the temple. A turtle pond is found at the back of temple.
You can buy some cucumbo at the entry of the temple to feed the turtles. They said, that will bring you good luck.
The Buddha statue found inside the temple is very serene and peaceful.Once you enter the temple you will get a peace of mind. Here there are many small temples, all in a row (about 4). Sam Poh Tong is the most beautiful of them. Some are very colourful, Some have beautiful ponds, some have majestic views of the cave.
We paid a taxi hire of 20 MR from Ipoh to get here. We enjoyed the overall scenery and the calmness , of the surrounding area. It is surprising as to how it is built with pond and lakes, hills and mini-mountains with miniature figures. Roaming macaque monkeys appeared within the temple compound in search of food.
In the inner sanctum of the temple is a lathe tank / pond saw a old and young tortoises. One could buy their favourite vegetable to feed them.
The only restaurant found here is serve vegetarian type.
I recommend you to visit Sam Poh Temple.
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4  Thank Titus D
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Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Not all tempels are well maintained. At some there are people begging for money. Since all temples are in a row it is easy to visit them all, if you want.

Thank Simon S
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

It was a cooling walk in the temple as it lies in a cave. There is a hall further in but it's closed until further notice. But this did not stop us from spending time walking around the garden & the temple. There is a tortoise pond further in the temple & we bought some vegetables & fish food to feed the tortoise & fish as a token of support to upkeep & maintenance of the temple.

1  Thank HweiL6
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

This place is so old, in a good way! Looks very authentic and historical. It's fascinating to see how it's built within a cave and how it merges really nicely with the nature. Enjoyed walking around looking at the old buddhist statues and artifacts in the temple. And there is a garden and a large pond in front of the temple too. One of the most iconic temples in Ipoh I would say.

Thank WaiLoon_17
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