Posts tagged “Ipoh

Spiritual Stop

We made a impromptu stop over when we passed by Sam Poh Tong at Ipoh just now.

Sam Poh Tong 2014 (4)

The trees in the hidden cave were serene and green.

Ling Sen Tong 2014 (2)

The endless curtain of pagoda inscent was mesmerizing.

Sam Poh Tong 2014 (5)

The twinkling candles sway with the cool cave winds. No word, no thought.



Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞

Today is the first day of the 9-day Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple Nine Emperor Gods  Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞 (5)

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.

Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple Nine Emperor Gods  Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞 (6)

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).

Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple Nine Emperor Gods  Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞 (2)


Mid-Autumn Festival Lanterns in Ipoh 怡保中秋灯笼

Minion has hit the lantern market in 2013 mid-autumn festival.

Mid-Autumn Festival Lanterns in Ipoh (4)

Minion has overtaken PSY (Gangnam Style) as 2013 new kid on the block.

Mid-Autumn Festival Lanterns in Ipoh 怡保中秋灯笼

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.

Mid-Autumn Festival Lanterns in Ipoh (3)


Murals in Ipoh

Since early 2013, some things were going at the back lane parallel to Jalan Sultan Iskandar and Jalan Masjid.

Mural at Ipoh (18)

Some things interesting were brewing, and known the the locals.

Mural at Ipoh (12)

When the local newspaper the scheme, the activities at the back alley was revealed.

Mural at Ipoh (8)


Sam Poh Tong 三宝洞

One of the tourist attraction in Ipoh is cave temples. Sam Poh Tong is one the 3 more popular cave temples in Ipoh.

Sam Poh Tong (1)

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

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Kek Look Tong – impressive limestone caves (part 3 of 3)

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.

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Most of the caves in Kinta Valley are around 250 to 350 million years old.

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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.


Kek Look Tong–the cave of bronze statues (part 2 of 3)

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.

Kek Look Tong (17)

Bronze was used to make the statues, and the copper colour blends nicely with the colour of the limestone caves.

Kek Look Tong (10)

Other decorative statues are about 2 inches high, almost invisible.

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