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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Triple Treasure Cave Temple (aka Sam Poh Tong)

A place where mystical scenes exists if you look close enough. These photos were taken during my recent trip to Sam Poh Tong which brought back lots of old memories. So, I decided to share some of the nice photos taken there.

A mythical scene @ Sam Poh Tong

The serenity of this view is enough to calm one's mind. Its quaintness and old fashion charm is pleasing to the eye.

Landscaped stone garden @ Sam Poh Tong

For those who were born and bred in Ipoh, the scenes from Sam Poh Tong will always be etched deep within their memories as its landscaped rock garden is unique and most likely the one and only one in Malaysia. Its elaborate rock garden host minature mountain scenes that usually exist only in China.

A serene sight of rocks, waterfall and green foliage @ Sam Poh TOng

Scenes that conjures up myths and legends of China.

Landscape waterfalls @ Sam Poh Tong

The tranquility of the rock garden is enhanced by the miniature waterfalls bringing alive the artificial landscape. The pond is also home to a school of koi fishes and gigantic dragon fish.

Rock landscape @ Sam Poh Tong

Porcelain figurines placed in the rock garden had the effect of increasing the garden's aesthetic appeal.

Landscaped rock garden @ Sam Poh Tong

The rock garden blends in well against the limestone hills.

Dragon Boat @ Sam Poh Tong

The dragon boat-like building is another structure that adorns the rock garden.
Its been a childhood mystery to me as to what is function of the dragon boat building. Does anyone knows what the building is for? :)

Goddess of Mercy

A scene of a goddess of mercy (Kuan Yin) in a grotto.

A scene from chinese history...

A chinese-styled pavilion in the rock garden.

Sam Poh Tong

Sam Poh Tong Temple in year 2011 and 71 years ago in 1941.

On the 1st floor of the Sam Poh Tong building is where vegetarian lunches are served during buddhist festivals. This place was the place to go for vegetarian lunch on the first day of Chinese New Year for many families. My family used to visit it last time too. Not sure if the restaurant is still there.

Sam Poh Tong Building

Temple arch with the Sam Poh Buddhist Cave's commemorative plaque. Founded in 1912, the Sam Poh Tong temple is now 99 years old.

Sam Poh Tong Temple Arch

Entrance to the Cave Temple

Entrance to Sam Poh Tong

Hmmm... I wonder if this is the residence of the abbots?

private temple grounds

Different styles of stone lanterns found on the ground of the cave temple

Stone Lanterns @ Sam Poh TOng

Stone monks statuettes in different postures

Stone Monk @ Sam Poh TOng

More cute stone statuettes strategically place around the rock garden.

Stone Deco @ Sam Poh Tong

Stone guardian lions

Sam Poh Tong Guardian Lions

Iron cast bells

Sam Poh Tong Temple Bells

Stone pagodas, petrified wood, another stone lantern.

Sam Poh Tong Stone deco

Tortoise pond located at the back of the cave temple enclosed in a valley. This pond use to be favourite for childrens visiting the temple as they would always seek out the aunties selling "kangkung" vegetables to purchase them to feed the tortoises. Of course, yours truly was one the childrens who always look forward to the feeding sessions with the tortoises during our visits. : )

Tortoise pond

And for those who are interested in visiting this place, check out the google map below :-

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