If you’ve been to Ipoh before, you would have probably heard about the famous cave temples that can be found there. If you haven’t, I have a post about visiting these cave temples. However, the oldest and probably most well known of them all is Perak Cave Temple.
Perak Cave Temple or locally known as Perak Tong (Tong being the Chinese word for cave), can be found roughly north of Ipoh’s town center. The best way to get there is by car. For myself, I rented a car to get around Ipoh, but Grab works as well.
The cave is inside a limestone hill which forms part of the karst landscape of Ipoh. The other cave temples in Ipoh are also found in similar limestone hills. Perak Cave is probably one of the largest caves here and houses a 40 foot high Buddha statue.
From the back of the Buddha statue, the cave extends further, and there are stairs that lead up to the outside of the cave.
The stairs lead to an open area with a seemingly abandoned building. There are 3 stairs that lead upwards to more viewing areas. They all go in different directions so you can’t just follow one flight stairs and think they will end up at the same place.
If you have time to visit only 1 cave temple in Ipoh, then I would suggest Perak Cave. It would take about 30 minutes just to visit the cave. If you want to climb up the hill and explore, it would take another hour or more. It would also be prudent to bring along a bottle or two of water if you plan to make the climb to the summit. The heat can be brutal as I found out.
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I am sure I have visited Ipoh in my childhood but I don’t really have any recollection of it. I have since become quite interested to go there and see for example the Ipoh train station. Based on your post, I would love to see the Perak Cave and climb up to the top even though I’m scared of those monkeys!
I think those monkeys there are not aggressive. They seemed more scared of us. Ipoh has changed quite a bit over the years. I have a few other posts about Ipoh and what to.see there. I have not yet visited the train station yet despite going to Ipoh several times already 😁
Your photos of Perak Cave are great, it is not easy shooting with such low light but well done. The area looks great, although as you say the industrial park below does ruin the view.
The cave was quite well lighted since it was being used as a temple. I love the play of different light temperatures of daylight, incandescent and fluorescent lighting in some of the shots.
Yes, I think that is the true artistry of photography ~ understanding and playing off of the different lights/temps in any scene. 🙂