Chin Swee Cave Temple
The peaceful atmosphere and breathtaking views of the highlands make Chin Swee Cave Temple an attraction definitely worth visiting when in Genting Highlands.
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The Chin Swee Cave Temple is a side attraction located near Genting Highlands. The temple was built on a 28 acre plot of land donated by the founder of Genting Highlands, the late Lim Goh Tong and is situated approximately 10 minutes drive from the peak of Genting Highlands. The air surrounding the temple is cool and peaceful, evoking a sense of serenity as visitors step onto its grounds. This site was chosen due to its resemblance to the original site of the same temple in China by the late Lim Goh Tong, who was a devotee of Reverend Chin Swee. He decided to build a temple here and dedicate it to the Reverend once it was done. The construction of the temple was arduous and risky due to the steep and rocky terrain. Seeing this, he and his team decided to approach the building of the foundation manually and slowly, which was why the construction of this temple took 18 years to complete. Amazingly, though the work was dangerous and time consuming, no casualties or any accidents were reported during the whole construction period.
Exploring the vast temple grounds is a pleasant experience, as there are many gazebos, garden tables and chairs spread all over the square to let visitors relax and enjoy the cool highland air. There are also many life-sized carvings from ancient Chinese mythology located all over the garden, like the Eight Immortals enjoying a leisurely game of chess, lending a feel of divinity to the place. There are many other carvings of traditional Chinese figurines, like a stone wall with carvings of the famous 18 Lohan individuals leading to a statue of Buddha. Filial piety is one of the virtues most cherished by the Chinese people, and tales of great deeds borne out of unselfish love and respect of the children for their parents have been immortalised in 24 inspirational stories for others. These stories are engraved into slabs of stone imported from China and placed along a pathway that leads to the main temple.
The walk through the ten chambers of hell is one of the main highlights of Chin Swee Cave Temple. Each of these chambers have different functions and evil souls are to be sent to different chambers for their just punishment according to the kind of evil deeds they committed when they were alive. At the temple, these chambers are placed next to each other on an uphill winding path named Journey of Enlightenment.
The first chamber in hell is where the souls of the departed would convene and their past deeds would be screened to decide if they are to be punished or not. The second chamber is where trespassers, abductors, adulterers, those who caused bodily harm to others and people who committed suicide would receive their punishment here. Thieves and ungrateful souls will be sent to the third chamber whereas bullies and negligent souls will proceed to the fourth chamber to receive their punishment. Souls of rapists and murderers are dealt with in the fifth chamber, whereas the sixth chamber deals with vandals and those who do not respect religion. The seventh chamber of hell deals punishment to souls who were involved in gambling and other dishonest activities whereas people who were not filial to their parents would be judged in the eighth chamber. The ninth chamber metes out punishment for those involved in arson. The tenth chamber decides on the place, form and sex of the souls which are ready for rebirth or reincarnation.
After the long walk through the depths of hell, a wonderful sight awaits visitors at the top of the hill. Faces of beautiful fairies greet the visitors as they approach the top, and carvings of the three deities representing longevity, happiness and rank named Fook, Lok and Sau can be seen. It goes to show there is always light at the end of a dark tunnel.