We made a impromptu stop over when we passed by Sam Poh Tong at Ipoh just now.
The trees in the hidden cave were serene and green.
The endless curtain of pagoda inscent was mesmerizing.
The twinkling candles sway with the cool cave winds. No word, no thought.
Today is the first day of the 9-day Nine Emperor Gods Festival.
We made a day trip back to hometown for lunch, and passing Ipoh town. I made a short detour to Tow Boo Keong Temple (怡保斗母宫) where the largest celebration of this festival takes place around Ipoh region.
I decided to show Christine the Red Tortoise Buns made for this festival. There are few stores making the buns on location. So devotees can buy steamed bun (ready to eat) or cold one (for prayer).
Minion has hit the lantern market in 2013 mid-autumn festival.
Minion has overtaken PSY (Gangnam Style) as 2013 new kid on the block.
We like to visit this row of shops in Ipoh. You can see 3 shops in the same row displaying colourful lanterns along the corridor.
Since early 2013, some things were going at the back lane parallel to Jalan Sultan Iskandar and Jalan Masjid.
Some things interesting were brewing, and known the the locals.
When the local newspaper the scheme, the activities at the back alley was revealed.
One of the tourist attraction in Ipoh is cave temples. Sam Poh Tong is one the 3 more popular cave temples in Ipoh.
If I have to rank the 3 temples, my liking is in the following order:
(1) Kek Look Tong 极乐洞
(2) Perak Tong 霹雳洞
(3) Sam Poh Tong 三宝洞
Kinta Valley is famous for tin cores and limestone. One accessible place to view the magical works of nature in the form of limestone sculpture is the free visit to Kek Look Temple.
Most of the caves in Kinta Valley are around 250 to 350 million years old.
The towering Stalactite (grows from the ceiling) and stalagmite (grows from the floor). When they meets after million years of water dripping, column of pillars are formed. You can see the silhouette on the right.
Out of all the cave temples in Kinta Valley (Ipoh, Perak), Kek Look Tong did one thing absolutely right. That is to co-exist with the caves in the most possible ways.
Bronze was used to make the statues, and the copper colour blends nicely with the colour of the limestone caves.
Other decorative statues are about 2 inches high, almost invisible.