100+ years old San Bao Dong Cave Temple, Perak, Malaysia, Heritage reliogious site
You have to understand this is a Taoist temple (or Tao Jiao, simply explained as School of Tao ("Path"), because it is easier to understand why all the worship figures are different from other Buddhist temples. We often conclude the school as Taoism or Daoism. Some says Tao Jiao or Taoism is essentially a religion practiced in much of China for thousands of years which included ancestor worship and drew heavily upon concepts and beings within Chinese mythology and hence all these could group them as folk religion. Classical Taoism defines a specific path to enlightenment that is clear and unambiguous and enlightenment begins by understanding the philosophy of life as taught by Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism and apply the principle to day to day life. If you still find it difficult, Errr .... Tai Chi the slow and elegant wushu (Chinese Martial art style) was found by a Taoist master. Relative: History and Origin of Taoism

Most of the Taoist religious figures and personalities installed inside this cave temple are of old age. Some are grouped outside the cave, the comparing old Tai Shang Lao Jun is the main image in there that equivalent to Buddha in Buddhism and a newly installed Kwan Yin statue at the external temple compound.

The early Chinese settlers from China southern Provinces during Tin-ore-rush period often looked for people writing home letters, or even seeking guide on traditional astrology. I guess some of the priest may also equipped with medical knowledge to treat injuries and this could be the basis of enabling early group of priests to settle here.

Old photo of a Buddhist Cave Temple, Ipoh, Peark, Malaysia Site LINK
In and out, this Taoist cave temple also has exceptional scenic views, with a typical natural organic limestone characteristic found in Ipoh city and human interference in altering its basic structure was not being too obvious.

It is very cooling inside, possibly due to cave effect but strangely humidity is low due to good ventilation as the larger cave at the rear section provides a natural course for wind to blow through from the front to the back exit and vise versa.

100+ years old San Bao Dong Cave Temple, Perak, Malaysia, Heritage reliogious site

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