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.

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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)

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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.

Kek Look Tong (32)

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

Kek Look Tong (28)

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.

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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.

Kek Look Tong (15)

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