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Located in Kampung Kepayang, on the left side of the road just after the Sungai Raya bridge coming from Ipoh, is Kwong Fook Ngam. It is officially registered as Kwong Fook Ngan Buddhist Chinese Temple.
This century-old Buddhist cave temple was established in 1884. Like the many other cave temples in the outskirts of Ipoh, this one is also built against the walls of limestone hills, with caverns as prayer halls.
This is a double-storey temple with an inner cave that features tens of natural rock formations in various shapes and sizes such as crocodile, shark, mermaid, snake, goat, fish and even deities like Lord General Kuan Ti and Lord Buddha.
Although visiting the temple is free-of-charge and all are welcome, it is RM4 per person to enter the inner cave, to pay towards its maintenance.
A Cantonese-speaking guide will be on hand to point out the formations, some of which are tagged but most are not.
Be prepared to spend about an hour checking out nature’s wonder right inside the cave. There are also crystal formations but visitors are not allowed to take photographs of these crystal forms lest they get spoilt by the flash light and heat.
Kwong Fook Ngam observes an annual celebration on the first day of Chinese New Year and also distributes food hampers one week before the festival of Goddess of Mercy on the 19th day of 2nd moon according to the Chinese lunar calendar. These hampers are sponsored by devotees for underprivileged senior citizens in the community.
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