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Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple, Ipoh

(3.1/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
A spiritual and a natural attraction, Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple remains one of the oldest structures of its kind in Malaysia. Climb the 246 steps to witness this structure, built within a limestone cave. Take a moment to take in the peaceful views, then explore the surrounding gardens, filled with flowers, vegetables, and lotus ponds. The cave temple contains significant artworks, including a sculpture of a reclining Buddha, and offers tourists a chance to release turtles into its pond--an action believed to helps balance one's karma. For Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple and beyond, use our Ipoh vacation builder to get the most from your Ipoh vacation.
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  • Cave temple . Lots of people praying at the temple and easy to reach and near by has 2 more temples. 
  • You do have some searching to this temple and also within you need further hiking what is not indicated. The Kek Lok Tong Temple, 5 km further (not signposted) is a much more inspiring place than the previous
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  • For me personally, this was an enjoyable visit. For certain parts of the visit to this cave, one can feel like Indiana Jones! Okay, the locals may be jaded by this place but I was impressed nonetheles...  more »
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  • Poorly maintained. No entrance fee but donation is encouraged. It is a unique place but I wonder how the management utilize the donations as from what I see it is poorly managed. The interior of the temple is humid, dusty and dark while children throwing cherry tomatoes at tortoises living in a desperately mossy pond.
  • A temple which have been here for a long time. Quaint and quiet, there's a tortoise pond in the middle of the mountain accessed through a small windy path
  • Not the nicest nor the biggest of the cave-temples, but still worth a visit. It's also conveniently located between the Perak Cave Temple and Gunung Long, so a visit is quite easy if you're around.
  • It's no Perak Tong Temple. It's a lot more low key, hard to understand what's going on really.
  • Ipoh is all about the food, there are so few attractions that I just can't give this a lower rating, since it is only 1 of 3 places worth visiting in Ipoh and only during a break from eating to digest the food so you can eat more. beware though that there are quite a lot of mosquitoes here near the garden / man made lake area (which is quite beautiful actually). and if u are an animal lover just don't go deep into the cave to see the tortoise pool, it's in a bad shape.