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.

Getting There:

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. 


Admission:  Free


 Above:  View of the Pagoda overlooking the clouds at Chin Swee Caves Temple, Genting
Above:  The Big Buddha nestled in the corner surrounded by vegetation
Above:  Close up view of the Big Buddha

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
Above:  Me and my grandma.   See you all again next time!   Bye now!


Have you been to the Chin Swee Caves Temple before?  Please share your experiences!  Cheers!

Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of

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2 Responses to Chin Swee Temple – A Holy Site at Genting Highlands, Malaysia

  1. Kat says:

    Nice Alec, I take it those pictures are done with the Canon? They really look sharp with nice color. Love your picture with your Grandmother!

    • Alec says:

      Hi Kat;
      Thanks for the feedback! The pictures from this particular post was actually done on my Nikon SLR camera…it was before I purchased my Canon 😉



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