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Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple, Ipoh

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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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  • The temple is large but not all places are accessible to public. There is a garden at the front of the temple and we bought fish food to feed the many fishes in the pond. There is also a turtle pond, ...  more »
  • Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple is one of the oldest ones in Ipoh. The outside is beautifully landscaped with a garden with bonsai trees and a large pond full of fishes.It is a cool place in a hot day. We sa...  more »
  • Not all tempels are well maintained. At some there are people begging for money. Since all temples are in a row it is easy to visit them all, if you want.  more »
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  • A bit too touristy but free entrance, especially worth going during the traditional Chinese festivals. It's got some beautiful ancient Chinese carvings there.
  • A nice weekend trip to bring your kids around to pray and feed tortoise and fish. You can buy the kangkung at the temple for RM2 to feed tortoise.
  • Usual place for prayers. One of the known temple caves in Ipoh. Used to have a pond po tortoises, but I think not well maintained.
  • Free entrance, good place to snap some photos. There's a lot of Tortoise in the pond and you can feed them.
  • I showed up at 3pm on a Thursday, and it was closed. There are no hours posted on the gate. My taxi detoured to Gua Kek Look Tong for me, so it wasn't a total waste, but still.