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love is in the air

love is in the air

Chap Goh Meh or “the fifteenth night” in Hokkien dialect is also known as “Chinese Valentine’s Day”. If you thought that Valentine’s Day has become way too commercialized for you, perhaps you should start observing Chap Goh Meh instead; i.e. if you’re Chinese.

Kwan Yin cave temple

Kwan Yin Tong

a row of Goddesses

a row of Goddesses

Goddess of Mercy

Goddess of Mercy

I was quite taken by surprise that celebrating Chap Goh Meh at Kwan Yin Tong (Goddess of Mercy Cave Temple) along Gopeng Road (Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah) in Ipoh seems like a pretty common thing to do judging by the number of people who streamed in non-stop last night; young and old. Isn’t it weird that this is my first time visiting the temple?

stairway to the main prayer hall

stairway to the main prayer hall

smiling Buddha

smiling Buddha

an altar

an altar

Goddess of Mercy is also known as Guan Yin, Kuan Yin, Kwan Yin or Koon Yum in Cantonese. What attractions do Kwan Yin Tong have? What sets this cave temple apart from the many other cave temples in Ipoh? As you know, there are others. Ling Sen Tong and Kek Look Tong are only two of the many limestone caves in Ipoh that I have covered on my blog so far.

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