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.
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
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.