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“Good if you're into temples and steps...alot of them.”

Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

We visited this cave temple after reading good reviews. After the other caves this was a little bit of a letdown, but, the other caves were pretty speccy!
This is a temple built in the entrance to a cave. There's some large statues in there that are pretty cool. There's a short but incredibly steep steps partially through the cave but mostly on the outside of the cave with nice views of Ipoh. There's little lookouts to stop and take photos.
Wear sturdy footwear and avoid if it's raining considering most of the stairs are outside the cave.
Be prepared for a challenging and steep climb up if you've got big western sized feet. I think the steps were designed for children or people with really small feet!
It's a donation type system with a few donation boxes throughout the temple.
Unfortunately the people there were quite standoffish and weren't interested in us being there so we made our own way around. I'd have been happy to pay extra for a tour to do a short 10 minute spiel on how old everything was, why they chose to build the temple there etc.
Please pat the sad looking dogs out the front on your way out. They look well fed but lacking in any attention and affection. They're incredibly gentle and friendly.

Thank AussieAbroad011
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

There are 2 cave temples there. The grounds are relatively well kept and clean.

Like in most temples, you will find a lot of figurines, sculptures, praying table, figurines of deities and loads of smoke from the joss stick. Here, this is the one place that I see the most deities in one place!

if you are allergic to smoke from the joss stick, please bring a hanky that you can cover your mouth and nose with coz there are some areas (not all areas) where there is active prayers going on and it can get quite smoky. I didn't mind it though as it reminded me of my childhood trips to the local temples.

In there, you can opt to climb some staircases in the caves. Quite an interesting experience but do be careful as some places may have a little bit of water dripping down which is actually great as you know you are in a real cave! but, of course, if could be a little slippery. Just to be safe than sorry.

There are some vendors at the entrance where you can purchase some drinks & snacks. i noticed some small shops in the compound but they seemed to be closed.

Dressing - unlike in most other countries, most Chinese temples in Malaysia don't mind shorts and sleeveless blouses. Just be a little more prudent (your discretion!)

If you have never been to a cave temple in Ipoh before, do make sure you go to one. It is an interesting experience.

Thank Gabbytla
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

The row of temples amidst million years old lime stone caves. Interesting to see lime stone caves formation blended in temples for devotees. Notice the smoked, black stones inside the temple, you will see how long has this temple stands. Also, you will get to feed the turtles inside the temple to be fun for the kids.

Thank Syeen
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

Not that well maintained, nice garden at the back like a hidden airwell or something. Have to maintain better for more visitors, cave was small without much to see though.

Thank dcyk
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

All good but not kept to a good standard. maintenance is poor. With a small investment could be a truly special venue. I habeen coming for over 30 years and love the hidden valley with tortoises that have been there forever.

Thank denniscasey
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