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Sam Poh Tong
Sam Poh Tong

Sam Poh Tong Tours and Tickets

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Located in Gunung Rapat, about three miles (five kilometers) south of Ipoh, Sam Poh Tong is thought to be the largest cave temple in Malaysia. Local lore tells of a Chinese monk who was passingthrough Ipoh in 1890 when he discovered the cave and decided to stop and meditate there. According to the legend, he remained in the cave for 20 years until his death.

The temple structure in its current form dates back to the 1950s, and to this day, it remains a place where Buddhist monks and nuns come to meditate. A series of 246 steps lead you up to themouth of the open cave, with its small reclining Buddha statue inside. Just outside the temple, you’ll find a Japanese koi pond where local devotees of the Buddha come to release turtles, as they’re thought to be a symbol of longevity.

The ornamental garden outside the front of the temple are worth walking through, and they offerbeautiful views of Ipoh below.

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Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm
Gunung Rapat
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Private Tour: Ipoh Secrets Full Day Heritage Tour

Private Tour: Ipoh Secrets Full Day Heritage Tour

Get a personalized introduction to Ipoh on a full-day, private tour that covers some of the city’s top highlights, from local food to sightseeing stops. With a guide to share little-known facts and cultural insights, you’ll taste the town’s signature noodles, walk the Ipoh Heritage Trail, visit two magnificent caves, and explore Kellie’s Castle, an eerie abandoned mansion that’s rumored to be haunted.
  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size


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Sam Poh Tong hours of operation: Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.