Temples around Ipoh are not just places of worship for devotees but they also attract other Malaysians and foreign tourists to admire the architecture and craftsmanship. Among some of the most visited are the Ling Sen Tong and the adjacent Nam Thean Tong, located off Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah (formerly Jalan Gopeng).
[Entrance to Lin Seng Tong Temple]
Due to their strategic location, even first-time visitors entering Ipoh city will not have any difficulty in finding both cave temples as they are easily noticeable along the two stretches of the main road.
The unique attractions at Ling Sen Tong captivated visitors with their colourful sculptures of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals and revered statues of the Goddess Kwan Yin, Four-Face Buddha, Four Heavenly Kings and the Monkey God.
[A Giant Statue of the Goddess Kwan Yin]
Although the courtyard outside resemble a children’s garden, the cave temple itself appears to attract devotees judging by the roof of the cave which has been stained black by the smoke of countless joss-sticks
The Nam Thean Tong boasts of elevated bridges, fish pond, reflexology path and a beautifully landscaped garden. It is believed to be one of the oldest temples in Ipoh, Nam Thean Tong is said to have been discovered by a Chinese priest in 1867.
Inside the temple, visitors can walk up a staircase of 138 steps to catch a bird’s eye view of the town.
[The staircase of 138 steps]
[View of the town]
It would be good if the temple has knowledgeable guides to take visitors on a short guided tour.