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Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple, Ipoh
(3.1/5 based on 190+ 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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  • Still a place worth to visit and a good cultural stop though it is not very well maintained. They also have a temple ground within this compound. 
  • I think, this place seems not well maintained, which is quite sad. Anyhow, my girl is enjoying feeding the turquoises... 
  • Buddhist temple recessed into cave...large spread with many statues and works of art. Clean and popular. 
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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.