Kek Lok Tong
The Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple is translated as Cave of Ultimate Bliss. The temple cave is situated in the natural and picturesque area of Gunung Rapat, Ipoh. It sits on a 12 acre site and was used as a place of worship since early 1920’s. But it was only open to visitors in the 1970’s.
The limestone hill where the temple was built is made up of light grey to white crystalline Kinta limestone inter bedded with about 5 mm to 1 cm thick argillaceous material bands. Primary iron can still be seen within the limestone. Upon entering the temple, there is a koi fish pond. The floor has been leveled and paved and much of the lower walls are lined with marble tiles. The roof and upper walls however remain in their natural state with some impressive stalactite formations.
Being a spacious cavern with large openings at each end, it enjoys good natural lighting and a refreshing breeze blows through the cave. This airy atmosphere serves as a refuge from the overwhelming heat. The central altar features golden statues of Buddhist and Chinese mythological deities.
This temple cave also has its award winning Zen Garden that features a jogging path that circles two lakes. The gardens include gazebos, a reflexology path and a massive electricity pylon.
Image by: hams Nocete
Daily: 7.00 a.m – 6.00 p.m
There’s no entrance fee. However, donation is encouraged.
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The magnitude of the cavern was impressive and this showed only about half of its actual length. Roof was pretty smooth (making me wonder if there has been some alterations to them) with interestingly shaped stalactites spotted on the sides.
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