100+ years old San Bao Dong Cave Temple, Perak, Malaysia, Heritage reliogious site
 
Old photo of a Buddhist Cave Temple, Ipoh, Peark, Malaysia Site LINK
One of the income generated from early days was a corner that use to house remains of death (ashes). The old ones are shown at left. An all new structure (shown above) just for that purpose was constructed in early '80 (I know, because my father was placed here back in 1988). I think it is appropriate because, firstly, it is for another purpose (funding raising); next, it never obstruct the main subject of being a Buddhist temple; lastly, even the death needs peace (due to tourist activities) right ?

Heritage site, Railway station, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Site LINK Heritage site, Railway station, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Site LINK Heritage site, Railway station, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Site LINK

With the hills providing natural shield to this old heritage site, the front has a new white wall now as fencing. I don't entire agree the deployment of this as it looks more like a private property now..



San Bao Dong has a few distinctive features on its own. It is not as colorful as the nearby Ling Xian Yan Cave. Despite years go by, it remains itself as a very original Buddhist temple (Nan Tian Tong is more inclined itself as a Taoist site, while the Ling Xian Yan is a mix of "everything". The classic flavor suits some, while others may find it too "conservative". Personally, minus personal reason of my parent resting place, I find it as a truly unique spot in the Malaysian Buddhist landmark. The less influenced factor makes it distinguished from others and stamped itself as an original temple from history.

NOTE: except for the fact the current temple management lacks interest in promoting this site, I do because I care. Enjoy.
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