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Chin Swee Caves Temple is a Taoist temple located 4,600 feet above sea level and at the most scenic site of Genting Highlands. Within the temple is seated a black statue of the Reverend Master Chin Swee, who has long been referred to as a deity in Fujian Province for his supernatural abilities to summon rain and drive away evil spirits.
There are many delicately made idols for worshipping within the temple.
Chin Swee Caves Temple attracts many local and foreign devotees from Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand and China and is about 5 – 10 minutes drive down from the peak of the mountain.
Overlooking the lush green slopes of virgin forests, the Chin Swee Caves Temple takes full advantage of a picturesque setting on the hills by giving its guests a guaranteed sense of serenity during their visit.
Even though you could see the sun and feel the slight heat, the weather at Chin Swee Caves Temple in Genting Highlands was definitely not as humid and warm as compared to Singapore.
The large Statue of Guan Yin stands tall behind the five-storey Temple and allows devotees of the Goddess Guan Yin to pray to the intricately-carved statue of the deity.
The most popular tourist attraction at Chin Swee Caves Temple is the educational Journey to Enlightment that depicts the 10 Chambers of Hell. Journey to Enlightenment is a place where our next generation can learn about moral principles and ethics, and to apprehend the meaning of karma. It encourages one to be kindhearted, law abiding and charitable as any sinful behavior in one’s current life will result in harsh punishments in hell. According to Chinese beliefs, the soul of a dead person would be sent to the First Chamber of Hell and his past deeds would be screened by Chin-Kwong-Wang, the King of the First Chamber, who would decide whether or not and where he should receive punishment. A good soul would be sent for rebirth in the Heavenly Realm and an evil soul would be sent to one of the remaining nine chambers of Hell, each empowered to impose various degrees of punishment.
The gigantic Statue of Buddha is truly a sight to behold and it is standing behind the Chin Swee Caves Temple.
Take a vivid, sometimes disturbing, but ultimately enlightening trip through the ten levels / chambers of Chinese hell and discover the principles of karma, cause and effect in Buddhism. The very first thing you need to do would be to register your name at the Registration Office! I guess all the dead people would register themselves here first before being brought to the different chambers of hell.
First Hell Chamber: Qin Guang Wang manages the book of birth and death of human realm, their longevity or a premature death. He centrally controls the penalties of human beings while in realm. After death, a good person will be sent for rebirth to Heavenly Realm whereas a person who has done equally virtuous and evil deed will be sent to the Tenth Hell Chamber for rebirth to human realm. Those who had seriously committed unwholesome actions would be taken to the right chamber, to review his or her wrongdoing and the penalties for that action.
I personally think that I would be sent directly (express pass) to the Tenth Hell Chamber for rebirth.
Second Hell Chamber: Chujiang Wang is the controller of the Reviving Hell. It is located beneath the Southern Wuo Jiao Stone under the great ocean. Those who abducted men or women, occupied properties not belonging to them, caused other disability, doctor who malpractice, couples who cheated in marriage, people who have not repaid the four graciousness and committed suicide, will be punished here after death.
This reminds me of Ah Bee, a good friend of mine, who always commits suicide. He will probably be sent to the second hell chamber after he dies!
Third Hell Chamber: Songdi Wang is the controller of the Black-Line Hell. It is located beneath the South Eastern Wuo Jiao Stone under the great ocean. Those who disobeyed the senior, dishonest and disloyal, harmed others for self benefit, not practiced morality, in conspiracy to cheat money, escaped from prison, took advantage of others, committed seduction, forgery, false accounting, robbery and stealing will be punished here after death.
The third hell chamber is physically abusing – not only do they poke your eyeballs out, they even pull out your intestines, tongues, and probably even your heart.
Fourth Hell Chamber: Wuguan Wang is the controller of the Rounding-Up and Crushing Hell. It is located beneath the Eastern Wuo Jiao Stone under the great ocean. Those who evaded taxes, not paying rents, cheated in sales, gave fake medicine, caused others unwholesome thoughts and vanity, disrespected elderly, wrested away in secret, bullied good folks, mislead others, littered, intentionally not attended their farm, pretended and misused the influences of worldly gods, not being law abiding, not taking care of elderly and poor, will be punished here after death.
This seems like a easy-to-enter chamber because I believe everyone of us once in a while do litter tissue papers on the floor, not being law abiding, bully good folks such as our parents and friends, or neglecting and failing to take care of the elderly and the poor. Oh no, most of my friends would probably meet one another in the fourth hell chamber.
Fifth Hell Chamber: Senluo Wang / Yan Luo Tian Zi is the controller of the Howling Hell. It is located beneath the North Eastern Wuo Jiao Stone under the great ocean. Those who violated the correct principles, bullied the virtuous and feared the wicked, haggled over fame and fortune, raped, harmed other’s right, was stingy, like to fight and gamble, was jealous of the kind hearted, refused to be advised, shooting poultry and birds, wrested away farm land, destructed water source, killing will be punished here after death.
This is another easy-to-enter chamber. Everyone who keeps going to Genting Casino to gamble are highly likely able to meet their kakis here!
Sixth Hell Chamber: Bian Cheng Wang is the controller of the Great Howling Hell. It is located beneath the Nothern Wuo Jiao Stone under the great ocean. Those who disregarded sutras and its teaching, showed disrespect to Buddhas and other worldly gods, violated ethical practices, committed vandalism, wasted staple food, will be punished here after death.
Playful kids who always vandalise the walls or tables in schools or couldn’t finish their food and had to throw them away would probably have to do corrective work order (maybe sweep and mop the sixth hell chamber) or be starved.
Seventh Hell Chamber: Tai Shan Wang is the controller of Heating Hell. It is located beneath the North Western Wuo Jiao Stone under the great ocean. Those who are against common laws, live lavishly, committed unethical business practices or tomb raiding, abortion, gambling, mislead juvenile, bullied the weak, fabricated the truth will be punished here after death in respective small hells.
The seventh hell chamber seems to be a place to accommodate all the rich and mighty.
Eighth Hell Chamber: Du Shi Wang is the controller of Intense Heating Hell. This hell is located beneath the Wuo Jiao Stone under the great ocean. Those who did not practice filial piety, caused fear, panic, sadness or worry to their parents or in laws, will be punished here after death.
I got a feeling I might also be sent to the eighth hell chamber. I seem to always let my parents worry about me. Oh dear, I don’t want to come here! It looks so painful!
Ninth Hell Chamber: Ping Deng Wang is the controller of the Ultimate Torment. This hell is located beneath the South Western Wuo Jiao Stone under the great ocean. The hells surrounded each other and are stacked one atop another. Those who set fires on homes, destroyed other’s properties, caused confusion, engaged in abortion service, enticed young man, raped young girl, will be punished severely in this hell after death.
This would be a popular death destination for kidnappers and terrorists.
Tenth Hell Chamber: Zhuan Lun Wang is located outside the Wuo Jiao Stone of Hell Realm to the east and directly facing this Samsara World of Five Degeneration. This hell is equipped with six Bridges of Gold, Silver, Jade, Wood, Nai He, etc. All those who arrive here from other hells will be sent for reincarnation in the four great continents depending on their accumulation of merits.
Whether one is born as male or female, into wealthy or poor family, all the details will be recorded and compiled monthly before registration with the first hell chamber.
Thereafter, everyone will be lead to the Zhuo Wang Altar of Meng Po Shen (Meng Po Ting) at Feng Du, offered a drink to lose all previous memories and finally reincarnated into the six realms.
Ta dah! I’m beautifully reincarnated after telling you the 10 Chambers of Hell stories!
The Bodhisattva Kslitigarbha – Not until the hells are emptied will become a Buddha, Not until all beings are saved will I certify to Bodhi. In Chinese beliefs, The Bodhisattva Kslitigarbha is the King of Hell. Originally, he is the God of East Mountain. His birthday falls on 29th July in the Chinese Calendar. Jiuhua Mountain in Anhui is regarded as Kslitigarbha’s seat. The Ten God of Hell help him to check on people who do good or bad things. The good person will be reborn in the Heaven of West. The bad person will be imprisoned in the Hell. The people whose death are unnatural will reborn again in the world. In the Chinese Calendar, on the first day of July, The Bodhisattva Kslitigarbha will open the Demon Gate Barrier. Then, all of the ghosts from Hell will go out to find food. If people are ill, they must pray to the Bodhisattva Kslitigarbha.
I wish I had more time at the temple because it’s so big and there’re so many interesting things to see and read about!
Another highlight would be the Pagoda. This resplendent 9-storey structure is decorated with 10,000 Buddhas. Inside the Pagoda, of the 10,000 blessing lamps originally installed for devotees of the Temple to be blessed by the deity, only 1,000 now remain.
These flying birds look so real!
Bridges of Fairies – The beauty of this ornate bridge is made even more alluring with the presence of statues of the Seven Fairies descending gracefully from the heaven.
Fu-Lu-Shou – Fu-Lu-Shou is a very famous Chinese trinity of deities who represent prosperity, achievement and longevity. They are usually shown together, and are known to attract health, wealth and prosperity.
It’s a regret that I didn’t have the luxury of time to explore the iconic 9-storey Pagoda which is decorated with hundreds of Buddha figurines. The Pagoda is situated just a few feet from the entrance.
See those gigantic pink lotus buns? Inside every soft and fluffy pink lotus bun, there is a sweet lotus paste filling. These pink lotus buns are usually used for praying purposes to serve as food for the Gods.
After going through hell and surviving hell, I’m now in heaven happily meeting the famous characters of Journey to the West, in particular Xuan Zang, Sun Wu Kong, Zhu Ba Jie and Sha Wu Jing!!!!!!!!!
The Chin Swee Caves Temple boasts a finely-crafted exterior, an imposing ornamental roof and exquisitely-carved walls on the outside.
A beautifully-carved 9-Colour Dragon Wall of Luck – Each of the nine dragons on this wall has different shades of colour. Situated right at the main entrance of the Temple, each colour of the nine dragons represents a different and special type of luck according to Chinese folklore. For instance, in ancient folklore, a scholar meeting a yellow dragon would be destined to become a high-ranking official.
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Sky Terrace – Also known as the Place for Heavenly Offerings / Observation Square, the 35,000 sq. ft. Sky Terrace is the ideal venue for a pleasant and leisure walk among the ‘clouds in heaven’. (A large statue of the late Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lim Goh Tong, erected in honor of his dedication to the Chin Swee Caves Temple, stands tall in the vicinity of the Sky Terrace.)
In summary, the main attractions are as follows:
- Chin Swee Caves Temple Entrance
- Main Prayer Hall
- 4 General Gods Temple
- Buddha Temple
- Arrival Lobby & Vegetarian Restaurant
- 8 Fairies
- 24 Filial Stories
- Laughing Buddha
- Buddha Statue
- 10 Chambers of Hell
- 18 Immortals
- Guan Yin Statue
- Holy Water
- Bridge of Fairies
- Gods of Fu-Lu-Shou
- 9-Colour Dragon Wall of Luck
- Awana Skyway Station
The Gohtong Hall’s accommodation, part of Chin Swee Caves Temple, consists of 110 rooms – 93 triple rooms and 17 double rooms – for meditation, retreat and self discovery. All of the rooms are equipped with basic facilities such as ceiling fan, standing shower and luggage racks, and with the peaceful environment of the temple, the Goh Tong Hall will be the ideal place for those who seek a quiet time away from their busy daily schedules.
The Chin Swee Caves Temple also boasts two meeting rooms with a built-up area of 1,400 sq. ft. and 650 sq. ft. respectively. The Goh Tong Meditation Hall has a space of 7,035 sq. ft. and is able to accommodate 300 people comfortably to host a variety of functions, from brainstorming sessions to group meditation activities and even weddings. It is a fully air conditioned function hall and is equipped with PA system, projector screen, plasma TV and stage platform. Two meeting rooms and a VIP lounge are also available at the Hall.
HOW TO GET THERE
By Genting Limousine
Chauffeur driven door-to-door Limousine Service will pick you up anywhere nationwide, 24 hours a day.
Limousine Service Counter (KLIA, KLIA2)
Tel: (603)-8787 4451, (603)-8776 6753
Limousine Service Counter (Resort World Genting)
Tel: (603)-6105 9584 or (603)-6101 1118 Ext: 7750/59053
By Express Bus
For a fast, convenient and economical journey to Chin Swee Caves Temple, travelers can use the Genting Express Bus Service to Genting Highlands resorts.
Puda Sentral Tel: (603)-2072 6863
KL Sentral Station Tel: (603)-2279 8989
Terminal Putra LRT Gombak Tel: (012) 2369 611
1 Utama Shopping Mall Tel: (603)-7725 8211
Free feeder buses will pick up passengers at First World Hotel (Lane 3) to Chin Swee Caves Temple.
Feeder Bus: Tel: (603)-6105 9584 DL: (603)-6101 1118
Ext: 7750/59053 or approach Genting Transport Reservation Counter at Genting Grand Hotel open car park (16th Floor)
For more information on Chin Swee Caves Temple, please visit http://www.csc.org.my or call Chin Swee Temple Goh Tong Hall Retreat Direct line at 03 – 2718 1113.
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