Kek Lok Tong aka Kek Look Tong. It means the Cave of Ultimate Bliss or Great Happiness.
The cave has been used as a place of worship since the 1920’s but during the 1960’s the area was engaged in iron ore mining and parts of the cave were excavated for this activity.
When mining ceased it was dedicated again to religious purposes and opened to visitors in the 1970s. The floor of the cave has been levelled and paved and much of the lower walls are lined with marble tiles. The roof and upper walls however remain in their natural state with some impressive stalactite formations.
Benches have been installed together with railings and staircases. Being a spacious cavern with large openings at each end, it enjoys good natural lighting and a refreshing breeze blows through the cave.
This airy atmosphere makes it a popular place for people to come and sit, relax and reflect in the company of a number of metal Buddhist and Taoist statues which were cast in Taiwan.
Next to the car park is a statue of Kuan Yin and a pond with turtles. The stairs from the car park are actually on the rear side of the cave. The stairs have been curved to resemble the shape of a carp’s tail and the large opening at the other end of the cave where the laughing Buddha sits is supposed to be the carp’s mouth.
The gardens include gazebos, a reflexology path and a massive electricity pylon. A cement plant is also visible behind a screen of trees but it does not really spoil the beauty of the garden.
Operation hours :- Everyday from 7.00am – 4.30pm
For more info :-
Address : Pesiaran Sepakat 3, TMN ENDAH JAYA, 31350 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel : 05-312 8112