100+ years old San Bao Dong Cave Temple, Perak, Malaysia, Heritage reliogious site
Other than local Ipoh folks who generously provides regular religious activities, another form of income for this old Taoist Heritage site is also via charitable donations by visiting public or tourists. One of the ways the temple management (or others such as Perak Cave) is trying to portray the temples as a Chinese cultural and art centres like converting it as a mini- Dong Huang of China). I noticed a few high quality Chinese water color artists showcasing their works such as this wall art painting (not bad, not bad...).

I have mentioned Nan Tian Dong as one of the few very well managed cave temple in Ipoh city. You can feel it even when stepping in with a few guides stationed at reception areas (looks like full time staffs, the gentleman who briefs me is the Treasurer). Due to Ipoh has enormous rainfall, one of the method used to preserve the limestone cave is by installing these containers and leads the water out.

Old photo of a Buddhist Cave Temple, Ipoh, Peark, Malaysia Site LINK
For the Chinese community in general, Taoism can be very abstract and "magical". Mental treatment is one (I know a guru at SS2, who happens to be a father of a good friend of mine, he worship s the figure at the top of this page, headed by Lu Dong Ping, called Six "Xian"). Another myth of Taoism is their astrology, there is no surprise why inside this temple they also offer fortune telling (or requesting for guidance from any of the Gurus Characters here).

If that is not enough, SCROLL DOWN to bottom of this page. Outside the temple compound is a aquatic pond, as stated, it has a few GIGANTIC =South American Fresh water fish named like Dragon Fish. How BIG ? More than seven feet in length ! Shown is a 50sen coin that placed on top of its back to show its scale.

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