The Chin Swee Caves temple is a popular spot in Genting Highlands accessible via a cable car or a land transport (though I would naturally recommend getting here with the former). This is an optional stop prior to reaching the breath-taking Resorts world Genting which is literally built on top of a mountain. As an avid traveler, the optional stop here is not optional for me at all. With much excitement, my mother and I disembarked the cable car as soon as it hit the station for Chin Swee Caves Temple, and explored every corner of it until our legs hurt.
The Chin Swee Caves temple is shortly built after the completion of the early Resorts World Genting. The temple is a Taoist temple which houses a statue of Qingshui: A Buddhist monk who has long been referred to as a deity in Fujian province, China for his supernatural abilities to summon rain and drive away evil spirits (definition of Qingshui directly extracted from wikipedia).
If you decide to get to the temple by riding a cable car, which will probably happen if you are not a local here, then you would need to ride a good number of escalators in order to go down to the temple. It’s actually impressive that the temple is provided with these escalators because believe me, even I would have a second thought on visiting the temple if the only way there is through a staircase.
After the escalators, all of our surroundings came to a blur as our eyes focused upon the beautiful 9-storey Pagoda, which unsurprisingly, also happens to be the landmark of the temple. At the foot of the Pagoda is a cluster of stores selling sweets, meals and coffees to ward off the cold while you explore the rest of temple. If you want to sincerely explore the place, then make sure to stop by at the foot of the pagoda before anything else because a map is provided there showing all the attractions and points of interest of the place.
Another attraction here is the “journey to enlightenment”. The journey to enlightenment is actually a portrayal of the Taoist belief that our evil deeds here on earth has a specific punishment in the afterlife. It is somewhat similar to Dante Alighieri’s “Inferno” wherein our souls are directed to a particular level in hell depending on the severity of our sins. At each station of the journey to enlightenment, visitors would get a good grasp of what the statues are representing because a clear translation in English is provided. It’s a good reminder of how our different beliefs are tied towards a common point: that is, evil deeds will never be left unpunished, and goodness will always matter in the end.
There is another temple here accessible through a staircase near the Pagoda. A turtle pond greets the visitors of the temple. I am not sure about this, but I think the turtles here symbolizes something significant to the Taoist religion (please do correct me, if I’m wrong).
After a couple of minutes of walking, we spotted the temple.
Beneath the Pagoda is another temple accessible with the use of an elevator. We also used the same elevator to reach the observatory deck, which we did not know existed until then.
- 20.60 RM (5.32 $) per person for the bus and cable car ride going to the Resorts World Genting
- There is no entrance fee to the temple; it is only an optional stop for those who wishes to go to Resorts World Genting.
How to get here:
- Ride a train bound for KL Central, alight at KL Central
- From KL Central, look for an escalator leading down to the bus terminal of KL Central. (Ask the tourist information center if unsure)
- Find a ticket booth offering a trip to Resorts World Genting
- Book your ticket, and separately purchase Cable Car tickets going to Resorts World Genting once you reach the bus terminal of Resorts World Genting.
The Chin Swee Caves temple is absolutely worth a visit if you are planning to go to Resorts World Genting. If you are fond of nature walks and fresh air, then there’s a good chance that you’ll spend more time here than in the modernized sector of the Resorts World.
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