There are in excess of 30 cavern sanctuaries in and around Ipoh and Perak Tong is a standout amongst the most well known and often visited.
I expected more individuals there when I visited as of late – it was practically unfilled. It was a weekday however and I envision it becomes increasingly busy at ends of the week and open occasions.
History of Perak Tong
There is a data plaque outside the sanctuary which gives some foundation. It peruses as pursues:
“In 1926 Chong Sen Yee and his better half Choong Chan Yoke who originated from Jiao-Ling area of China, found Perak Tong.
The improving entryway of Perak Tong hides the passageway to the cavern sanctuary.
On endorsement from the Perak State Government they began to build up the cavern sanctuary. As Chong Sen Yee was basically associated with the arranging and advancement of the cavern sanctuary his better half went hard and fast to search for gifts to complete the arrangement, locally and universally.
After over 50 years of constant and cautious work in and around the cavern sanctuary, Perak Tong has turned out to be a standout amongst the best cavern sanctuaries in Malaysia.
Chong Sen Yee passed away in 1980 and his better half Choong Chan Yoke in 1983, giving the legacy to the child Chong Yin Chat. He put considerably more prominent exertion into the sanctuary and in this manner improved Perak Tong into a worldwide place of interest in Perak.”
The Cave Temple
The 40 foot high brilliant Buddha at Perak Tong
In the wake of climbing the means and going through the thin passageway entry, the limestone cavern opens up into a mammoth space with a high arch and expanding into shrouded breaks and grottoes.
A brilliant sitting Buddha statue, 40 feet tall, commands the sanctuary. He is flanked by four gatekeeper divinities which I have considered portrayed to be ‘goddesses’ yet since two or three them have whiskers I question that they are female.
The Guardian Deities, Perak Tong, Ipoh
The dividers of the natural hollow are finished with beautiful wall paintings delineating characters and occasions from Chinese folklore and Buddhist sacred writings.
Chinese calligraphy likewise enhances the dividers some of which was painted by the in advance of referenced Chong Yin Chat.
There are various statues and carvings spread around the sanctuary, incorporating a female with 18 arms who could be Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. The solid fragrance of incense blended with the hearty cavern smell loans the cavern an exceptional environment.
Paintings and calligraphy embellish the dividers of Perak Tong
Presently time for some activity. Behind the fundamental special raised area, a trip of steps advances into the most distant openings of the cavern and out through an opening in favor of the slope.
From here the means keep on wrapping their way up the slope passing gazebos and structures where individuals rest and appreciate the perspectives on the encompassing region.
On achieving the most astounding structure I thought I had landed toward the finish of the trail before understanding that there was a staircase close by an empty structure from where another arrangement of steps proceeded to more noteworthy statures.
One of the structures on the way to the summit, Perak Tong
In all there should be 450 stages to the top where there is a twofold story structure giving brilliant perspectives over the northern rural areas of Ipoh and an adjacent mechanical zone.
From here the particular limestone slopes which circle the city are plainly unmistakable not too far off. I could see away out there that a portion of the slopes are being dynamited and quarried to be transformed into concrete and kitchen work-tops. That is a major disgrace. Definitely there are different spots where limestone and marble could be gotten without pulverizing Ipoh’s most distinctive trademark?
There should be a vegan eatery here yet it didn’t have all the earmarks of being open on my outing. There is a shop selling bites and beverages.
Another shop sells endowments and you can have your fortune told there in the event that you wish.
The most effective method to Get to Perak Tong
This cavern sanctuary is set apart on the intelligent guide on the primary Caves page. Originating from Ipoh’s notable railroad station, head north on Federal Route 1 following the signs for Jalan Kuala Kangsar. Perak Tong is in the northern edges of Ipoh close Taman Loke Lim and Taman Permai. It is found appropriate alongside the street so you can’t miss it. It sits at the foot of a slope called Gunung Tasek (163m).
On the off chance that you are voyaging through the North-South Expressway, the sanctuary is near the Ipoh Utara Interchange (exit #140).