This Loong Thon Ngam Taoist temple, locally pronounced as Loong Thow Ngam, is one of the many limestone cave temples in and around Ipoh.
Sitting on Gunung Lang, off Jalan Kuala Kangsar, it is believed to be the oldest temple in Perak, founded in 1854, with the original statue for the deity brought in from Guangdong, China. The temple will celebrate its 160th anniversary next year (2014).
As with all limestone caves, rock formations make a great attraction for visitors to the temple, many of whom are from overseas.
Obviously, it takes an active imagination to visualise the shapes and forms of the rocks, but it helps when there is a good guide on hand to explain things and to relate them with Taoism.
Usual forms found are in the shape of frog, elephant, turtle, dragon and even phoenix. I have only shared a few photos because it’s nothing like going there to see for yourself.
Although Loong Thow Ngam is not a large temple, one could easily spend over an hour inside, discovering the many rock formations, which is one of the wonders of nature.
The management of this temple is currently in the process of building a 2-storey complex for The Supreme August Jade Emperor (God of Heaven). The successful completion of this complex will depend on the generous donations from devotees and well-wishers.
The Loong Thow Ngam Temple management is seeking financial sponsorship to realise the completion of the Jade palace for The Supreme August Jade Emperor (God of Heaven). Kindly deposit donations to:
Name: Loong Thow Ngam Temple
Bank: Affin Bank
Branch: Ipoh Garden, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Account No.: 101110005917
The temple observes two festivals yearly:
1) Lord Shang Yuan of Heaven on the 15th day of the 1st month of the Lunar calendar
2) Supreme Patriarch of Taoism Lao Tze / Lao Zi, also known as Tai Shang Lao Zun on the 15th day of the 2nd month of the Lunar calendar
Loong Thon Ngam Temple
Add: Jalan Kuala Kangsar, 30010 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: +6012-3751111 (Sifu Lee)
Opening hours: 8.30am – 6pm daily
GPS Coordinates: N 04 37.897′ E101 05.270′
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