Perched on the side of Gunung Layang-Layang near Tambun is Tung Wah Tong (Tung Wah Cave Temple). Devotees need to ascend a flight of stairs with 157 steps to reach the largest prayer chamber, where The Supreme August Jade Emperor (God of Heaven) sits at the top most level of the main altar.
With a history of 142 years, the height of this cave temple gives one a good aerial view of Tambun town, especially The Haven on the opposite site of Jalan Tambun main road.
As this is a limestone cave, those with a good imagination may be able to spot spiritual rock formations, e.g. in the shape of the elephant and dragon.
Two celebrations are observed at this temple annually. One is the birthday of The Supreme August Jade Emperor on the ninth day of the first month on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The other date is a festival celebrated on 6th day of the 11th month on the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
The Jade Emperor Festival for this year, incidentally, is celebrated on Sunday, 8th December, 2013. All devotees are encouraged to visit the temple to pay homage to The Supreme August Jade Emperor by praying with lotus candle, incense coil, joss-sticks, joss paper, oil, etc.
A new addition to this Tung Wah Taoist temple is the Tua Pek Kong prayer hall. A ceremony will be conducted to officiate it at 10am on 24th Nov, 2013 (Sunday). Everyone is welcomed. Only for non-Muslims.
Tung Wah Tong Temple
Add: Lot No. 26006, Hala Perindustrian Perpaduan 1, Kawasan Perindustrian Perpaduan, 3150 Ulu Kinta, Ipoh, Perak.
GPS Coordinates: N 04 38.537′ E 101 09.444′
Tel: 012-5787748 (Alan) / 016-5186178 (Chang)
Opening hours: 11am – 5pm daily
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