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This Tibetan Buddhist temple is possibly the largest in Malaysia. Besides its main temple complex, it is home to a 13-storey Enlightened Heart Medicine Buddha Bhaishaya Guru Pagoda which was completed in 2007, over a period of more than ten years at a cost of some RM6 million.
With the purpose for sentient beings to seek cure for illnesses and to pray for longevity, the pagoda is believed to be the largest in the world, measuring 72.5 metres in height.
On the ninth floor of the pagoda stands a 11.5m-tall Sakyamuni Buddha golden statue, an imposing figure that can be seen from the main Tambun-Ampang Road. Atop the pagoda is also a library of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures and books. Climbing up the pagoda takes about 20 – 30 minutes, as time is required to check out the larger statues placed at the lower levels of the pagoda.
Reaching the top of the pagoda, one is rewarded with a panoramic view of Tambun / Ampang, with rolling limestone hills, particularly Gunung Panjang, and its surrounding pomelo farms.
One can also have an almost eye-level view of a 24-metre tall upright-standing Amithaba Buddha statue at Jingang Jing She temple, a Tibetan-Buddhist temple located behind Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple, by the limestone hill.
Truly, this is one attraction that is not to be missed, for anyone who swings by Ipoh, even if it’s for just a short visit. And it doesn’t matter if one isn’t Tibetan Buddhist.
For those who would like to visit Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple during peak season, it is Nov 3 this year, when the Medicine Buddha Puja is performed from 9am onwards.
Enlightened Heart Tibetan Buddhist Temple
GPS Coordinates: N 04 36.212′ E 101 09.253′
Postal add: 50, Laluan Perajurit 1, Ipoh Garden East, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
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