Perak Tong temple nestles within the huge limestone caves of “Gunung Tasek” (Tasek Hill), 6 km to the north of lpoh. The temple in the cave built in 1926 by a Buddhist priest from China and it houses over 40 Buddha. Beyond the main altar, a passage leads into the cave's interior.
No doubt that the first thing to do in a limestone cave is to admire the beautiful stalagmites and stalactites formed in various shapes naturally. Secondly, you should take a look at walls inside the cave, as there are drawings and writings on it. These drawings are about the stories of Buddha.
As this is a cave temple, for sure that you may have a pray if you are a Buddhist.
There is Chinese fortune teller too. It's kind of fun to get to know about your passed life, no matter you do believe or not. Hehe.
Here comes my favorite activity at Perak Tong - cave climbing!
I like to climb to the peak to enjoy the scenery of Ipoh and fresh air. It's a good exercise too.
After a steep climb of 385 steps, the cave opens again to reveal a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside. I think this is the best spot for you to take a great view of almost the whole Ipoh. It is really a good reward after some tiring climbing.
But, it seems like many people get tricked and didn't manage to get to the peak. For your information, you'll have to climb through the steps of a building at the halfway, which many people mistaken it as the peak, in order to get to the 'real' peak.
You can enjoy the nature along the way to the peak too. There are rest stands and small garden.
However, bear in mind that the steps to the peak of the cave is closed after 4pm for safety purpose.
There is another thing that i want to warn you, which is beware of the monkeys along the steep steps to the peak. There are bunches of wild monkeys moving around freely. It's fun but it could be dangerous too.
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