Genting Highlands, Malaysia, famous for its casinos, bars, glitz and entertainment! A place dubbed “The City of Entertainment” where gamblers trying their luck to win it big. Starting to sound like the city of sin doesn’t it? Well guess again!
Apart from the congested and smokey casinos filled with folks dreaming of winning it big, there is a more gentler, a more peaceful, and shall we say it, a more holy side of Genting Highlands. Believe it or not, there is a sprawling Chinese Buddhist/ Taoist temple at the mid side of the mountain on land that was donated by Genting. The place is called the Chin Swee Caves Temple, which is dedicated to the Reverend Master Chin Swee, who is a Chinese deity known for his abilities to protect against evil spirits and summon rain! Its a place where you will find charitable works to build communities are organized, teachings of Buddhist philosophies, and the humble vegetarian meals. They even provide a hostel there (at reasonable rates) for worshippers, or monks alike to come stay for a day or two to do some soul searching! Kind of marketed like a meditation retreat where you can come and enlighten yourself to gain some inner peace.
So do check it out if you want a break from the busy casinos, and to enjoy some peaceful scenery.
By bus: Free shuttle bus service. Board the bus at the front of Highlands Resort Hotel.
By cable car: 3.00RM one-way per person, 6.00RM round trip per person (price is accurate at the time of writing). Board at First World Hotel cable car station.
Above: The Big Buddha nestled in the corner surrounded by vegetation
Above: View of the Genting Highlands Casino and Resorts at the top of the mountain
Above: Surprisingly even not at the peak of the mountain, there were still rolling clouds
Above: The mist is coming! From bright blue skies to mist and fog within minutes
Above: The Monkey King. One of the main characters from the Chinese story: Journey to the West
Above: Turtle pond near the shrine of Reverend Master Chin Swee
Above: Giant coils of incense hanging near the shrine of Reverend Master Chin Swee
Above: Memorial to the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, the founder of Genting
Have you been to the Chin Swee Caves Temple before? Please share your experiences! Cheers!