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Chin Swee Caves Temple – Ten Chambers Of Hell

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I visited the Chin Swee Caves Temple the other day. It is situated about 4,600 feet above sea level in the Genting Highlands just down the hill from Resorts World’s casino, theme park and hotel complex.

It is a Buddhist temple which also venerates a Chinese Buddhist monk named Chin Swee who is usually depicted with a black face due to his miraculous survival from a fire with nothing more serious than soot blackened skin.

Chin Swee

There is quite a lot to see in this place including the pagoda with its nine levels and 285 steps (counted them myself) which gives an excellent view of the surrounding area.

There are a number of stone statues of various lohan , disciples of Buddha. The one below is named Doorman Lohan or Pantha the Younger.  The stoned-looking one next to him is called Lindsay Lohan.

The Lohans

The most interesting feature of the temple for me is the Ten Chambers of Hell. These are a series of grottos cut into the hillside containing life-sized figurines depicting the grisly scenes which many Chinese Buddhists believe await sinners after death.

To summarize, the Ten Chambers operate like this:

  • 1st Chamber. This is a kind of sorting office where the actions of the newly deceased are reviewed. If you have been a good person you will go straight to the Western Pureland of Great Bliss (heaven) which I imagine looks something like the village of Midsomer in Midsomer Murders. On the other hand if you have committed good and evil in equal measure during your life  you will be reborn back into this world. You proceed directly to Chamber 10 where you will be allocated a new rebirth. If you have committed more evil than good you will sent to one of the other chambers of hell to receive your punishment.
  • 2nd Chamber. Kidnappers, malpracticing doctors, marriage cheaters, suicide committers  and squatters (ha-ha good!) will be punished here.
  • 3rd Chamber. Those who disobey seniors, the dishonest, disloyal, immoral, cheats (benefit scroungers), prison breakers, seducers, forgers, false accountants and thieves (Somali pirates) will find that there are no namby-pamby judges giving out soft community service sentences here.

The controller of the 3rd chamber does not look too soft-hearted.

  • 4th Chamber. This hell is for tax evaders (non-doms?), purveyors of fake medicines (drug dealers), cheating salesmen, bullies, deceivers, litter-bugs (seems a bit harsh?) and those not taking care or the poor and elderly.
  • 5th Chamber. Known as the howling hell, this is reserved for the stingy (not thrifty too I hope), those who like to fight and gamble, people who are jealous of the kind hearted, rapists, killers, human rights abusers, shooters of poultry and birds and destroyers of water sources.
  • 6th Chamber. The great howling hell. For those who disrespect Buddha and other Gods, violate ethical practices, vandals and food wasters.

6th chamber of hell

  • 7th Chamber. The heating hell.For those who live lavishly (bankers?), commit unethical business practices,  raid tombs, have abortions,  mislead juveniles, bully the weak and fabricate the truth (paparazzi/tabloid editors).
  • 8th Chamber. Intense heating hell. For those who cause fear, panic, sadness or worry to their parents or in-laws.
  • 9th Chamber. The ultimate torment chamber! For those who set fire to homes, destroy others’ property, cause confusion, engage in abortion services, entice young men and rape young girls.

Controller of the 7th chamber.

  • 10th Chamber. This chamber is for those who are going to be reincarnated back into this world. The controller will determine whether you will be reborn rich or poor, male or female and so on based on the merits and demerits of your past actions. You will then be given a drink which will wipe out all memory of your past life.

Would you like to read more about what happens to humans after death? Take a look at this blog.

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Go Choh Tong is parrel to Pharoah of Eygpt: Builder and develomper . To lower class,relgious jews ,communist probably dispise him especially regards to gambling premise and luxury places- to midle class appriciate it. Which hell he goes? Who he become when he is born again. Probably a vegetable grower,carpenter,trader and developer life is vicious circle!!!!

If you are referring to the former Prime Minister of Singapore, as far as I know he is regarded as a nice man isn’t he? He will probably be treated well in the next world.

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Explore this grand religious site located on a sharp, rocky slope near the peak of Resorts World Genting. Embark on a cultural journey through a visual depiction of the afterlife, or simply enjoy the magnificent moutaineous landscape from the temple.

Key landmarks include the iconic nine-storey lamp-lit pagoda, the open-air SkyTerrace, and a 15-metre tall statue of Buddha.

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When at Resorts World Genting, you don’t miss anything, not even God. Well, to be precise, the Chin Swee Temple is not dedicated to God in general but to a Buddhist monk – Master Qingshui – who is worshiped as a deity in Fujian province of China. The monk is believed to have miraculous powers to end drought and conquer evil spirits.

A Brief History

The construction of the temple was started in 1975 after the first casino and hotel were completed. Lim Goh Tong donated a 28-acre piece of land, his companies donated a cash fund, and thus the construction of the temple began.

However, due to the difficult location, they could not use the required construction equipment, and a part of the work was completed using manual labor. As a result, the construction of the temple took 18 years, and it was finally opened in 1994.

What To See

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Apart from Master Qingshui’s temple, there is a giant Buddha statue, a statue of Guan Yin, 10 Chambers of Hell, Bridge of Fairies, and a SkyTerrace. There is also a vegetarian restaurant attached to the temple building, besides a few other shops that sell souvenirs and snacks.

Entry to the temple is free for all.

Getting There

For those staying at the resort, there are two options (one paid and one free) to visit Chin Swee Temple.

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Chin Swee Temple is the middle station on the cable car (Awana SkyWay) that connects Resorts World Genting to the Awana Bus Station. If you are staying at the resort, you may board a cable car from Level 4 of Sky Avenue and alight at the Chin Swee station to visit the temple. Later, you can resume your journey on the skyway without paying any extra charges.

Free Shuttle Bus

Resorts World Genting operates a free shuttle bus from outside the First World Hotel’s lobby to the temple every day from 9.00am to 8.00pm (The shuttle bus service was disrupted due to the pandemic, and may not be available for a while.)

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Chin Swee Temple holds grand celebration for Chin Swee Deity and Prayers to the Jade Emperor of Heaven

Friday, 07 Feb 2020

From left: Tan, Kok Thay, Siew Lian and assistant vice president of surveillance Lim Thean Chye.

THE celebration of Chin Swee Deity’s birthday was a grand one that brought over a thousand devotees to the Chin Swee Temple to partake in its rituals. Located mid-hill, this picturesque temple is approximately 4,600ft above sea level and is a 10 minute drive from the peak of the mountain.

According to Genting Malaysia and the Genting Group chairman and chief executive Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, the Chin Swee Deity’s birthday is truly an auspicious day that usually sees an array of salutations and prayers to the deity done throughout the eve and on the day itself.

“What makes it even more special is having the temple named after the deity and dedicated to him. This year marks the temple’s 48th year since being built and plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary are in works, ” said Kok Thay.

He added that the prayer tables of offerings to the Chin Swee Deity this year have been exceptionally strong as when the celebration started in 2016, with only 47 prayer tables taken up. Today, this figure has increased to 88. This shows that the devotees have significantly increased over the span of six to seven years.

He further wished all the devotees and friends’ happiness and good health, by advising the public to take extra care of one’s health in view of the outbreak of Wuhan Coronavirus in China and several countries. Simple precautions and good hygiene such as washing of hands thoroughly can help keep the virus at bay.

Built by the late Genting Group founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, the temple is dedicated to Chin Swee Deity, a Buddhist monk, that after his death is hailed as a powerful deity that has grant many wishes to those who believe in him. Hailing from Penglai Village in Fujian province, the very same village the late founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong had witnessed his parents worshipping this deity. The deity passed away at the age of 65 in Penglai after receiving two awards from the Imperial Palace of the Song Dynasty (960AD-1279AD). He also received the honourable title of “Venerable Master”.

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Kok Thay at Chin Swee Temple, Genting Highlands during the grand celebration for Chin Swee Deity and Prayers.

Genting Berhad president, chief operating officer and executive director, and also the vice chairman of Chin Swee Caves Temple Building Society Tan Kong Han strongly believes that what makes Chin Swee Deity prominent is the fact that the deity they religiously worship has answered its devotees’ prayers and has helped enhance their spiritual experience. It is no surprise to see a lot of devotees and tourists alike from Singapore, China, and many more coming to visit the temple.

Aside from the celebration of Chin Swee Deity’s Birthday, Feb 2 is another eventful day as it’s when the Bai Tian Gong prayers were held at the sky terrace to worship the Jade Emperor of Heaven. To the Hokkien’s, the ninth day of the first month of the lunar calendar is the actual day of Chinese New Year. Prayers would begin on the eight day at midnight and will continue through the next day. Bai Tian Gong literally means prayers to the Heaven God.

During the time of Chinese New Year of the Ming Dynasty, a ruthless army in China had raided the village that led to the Hokkien folks going into hiding in the sugarcane plantation for two days, during which they had prayed for their safety to the Jade Emperor and had promised to continue worshipping him if their safety was guaranteed. Their prayers were answered and the Hokkiens started offering thanksgiving prayers to him ever since. They also believed the ninth day marked the Jade Emperor’s birthday.

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Tables of prayer offerings at Chin Swee Temple.

When the Hokkien New Year celebration is held, prominence is given to the sugarcane plants as it was this very plant that had helped shield them when they were in hiding.

The Hokkien New Year is celebrated with the burning of joss sticks, gold paper in a shape of a house or pineapple and generous offerings such as a whole roast pig. The Chin Swee Temple has taken the liberty to offer a vegetarian and non-vegetarian table whereby they provided items and food offerings for the prayers, which would help ease the devotee’s worship or celebration.

“My father, the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong who happened to track from the bottom of the mountain had taken a break at mid-hill and upon waking up he recalled the site similar to the Chin Swee Temple his mother took him at the Penglai village when he was a young boy. It was there where she prayed for her son’s safety, peace, and prosperity before he journeyed to Malaysia. It was that very moment he made a wish that if his venture was a success, he will build the temple. And when he succeeded, that’s when Chin Swee Temple was built some 48 years ago, ” said Lim Siew Lian, sister to Kok Thay.

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Chin Swee Caves Temple, Taoist temple on Genting Highlands with iconic nine-storey pagoda decorated with figurines of Buddha

The Chin Swee Caves Temple is a Taoist temple situated in the most scenic site of Genting Highlands. 

The Temple attracts many local and foreign devotees from nearby countries like Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand and China.

Chin Swee Caves Temple

Just after the main entrance is the nine-storey pagoda, decorated with figurines of Buddha.

Chin Swee Caves Temple

Inside are 10,000 “blessing lamps”, installed for devotees to dedicate to those whom they would like to be blessed.

Chin Swee Caves Temple

Within the Temple is seated a statue of QingShui , a Buddhist monk who has long been referred to as a deity in Fujian province, China for his supernatural abilities to summon rain and drive away evil spirits.

Statue of Qingshui, a Buddhist monk

The statue of the Reverend QingShui  placed in accordance with feng-shui principles is seated at the northern part of the main hall with his face looking south.

Below the statue is a natural rock in a man-made flowing stream.

Scenic mountains

The rock gives the necessary support to the statue while the stream provides clear cool mineral water throughout the year.

Temple

The Chin Swee Caves Temple is situated on a 28-acre plot of rocky forested land. Located 4,600 feet above sea level, the Temple is about 5 to 10 minutes’ drive down from the peak of the mountain.

The statue of Buddha

Explore this grand religious site located on a sharp, rocky slope near the peak of Genting Highlands.

The iconic nine-storey pagoda

Remember to visit the iconic nine-storey pagoda lit by lamps, the Sky Terrace, and the 15-metre high statue of Buddha.

Explore the hill slope

The Temple’s first stage of development was started in 1975, costing an estimated RM12 million, is made up of an imposing traditional structure.

It has tall red columns supporting an ornamental roof.

The exterior wall carries many inscriptions that depict the life of the Reverend QingShui and his major charitable and supernatural works.

The nine dragon wall

Despite adopting manual approach in extremely difficult situations and risky environment, there were neither casualties nor work- related accidents reported during the whole period of construction.

View from the hill top

Besides worshiping the Reverend QingShui , devotees can also pray to Buddha and Kwan-yin, whose statues stand behind the five-storey temple.

Temple & nine-storey pagoda

Visitors can also embark on a journey of cultural exploration, travelling from hell to heaven in the afterlife in accordance with ancient Chinese traditions and beliefs.

How to get there

Free shuttle is provided by some hotels , one of them and the most common is from First World Hotel .

The shuttle from the hotel to Temple departs on hourly basis. Review the shuttle bus service .

Ride the Awana skyway to the temple

Explore this grand religious site located on a sharp, rocky slope near the peak of Resorts World Genting.

Night view of the Chin Swee Caves Temple

Embark on a cultural journey through a visual depiction of the afterlife, or simply enjoy the magnificent moutaineous landscape from the temple.

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Between the golf course and Resorts World, on a forested cliff, stands a temple that's both awe-inspiring and blood-curdling. Chin Swee was completed in 1994, the brainchild of Resorts World founder Tan Sri Lim Goh. A nine-storey pagoda and monumental lotus-seated Buddha impress, but it's the Journey to Enlightenment pathway – 10 gory dioramas of punishments in hell – that will be seared into your brain. Don't bring the kids.

Drive or use the Awana SkyWay ; there's a middle station allowing you to alight at the temple.

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CHIN SWEE CAVE TEMPLE

Chin Swee Temple Genting is one of the must-visit places when visiting Genting Highlands. Located 4,600 feet above sea level the temple offers a great place for healing with a breathtaking view of the mountain. The temple attracts tourist visitors checking on the ninth-story pagoda, giant Buddha, and temple. One takes a stroll and walks around the temple’s spacious area and discovers its architectural structure. While exploring the temple, one embarks on the journey through the Chambers of Hell to learn the cultural beliefs of life after death. So let’s go ahead and don’t miss the chance to drop off on way to Genting Highland.

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WHERE IS CHIN SWEE CAVES TEMPLE

Chin Swee Temple is located in Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia which is just a 1-hour bus ride from Kuala Lumpur. The temple is situated between the Genting Highlands Premium Outlets and Genting Complex.

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There are two ( 2 ) ways to get to Chin Swee Temple, the easiest way to get to Chin Swee Temple is by taking the cable car from either Genting Highlands or Premium Outlet and getting off the Chin Swee Cave Temple Station. From here take the series of escalators heading down which leads to the temple. On the other hand, for visitors taking private transportation, one can head straight to the entrance of the temple and park the vehicle at the side of the road. All visitors to Chin Swee Temple can come in for  FREE  with opening hours from  9.00 AM to 6.00 PM  ( Daily ). 

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HISTORY OF CHIN SWEE TEMPLE

Statue Of Sri Lim Goh Chin Swee Temple

Following the completion of the construction of Genting Highlands Resort’s first hotel and casino, Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong express interest in building a temple on the highlands. With his land resources, he contributed 28-acre land for the construction of the temple – Chin Swee Caves Temple. As part of the construction, Tan Sri Lim took the roles of planner, architect, designer, contractor, and supervisor. It took 18 years of manual labor to fully complete the construction due to its steep and rocky terrain. It was in 1994 when the Chin Swee Cave Temple temple was open to the public.

MAP OF ATTRACTIONS AT CHIN SWEE TEMPLE

Map Of Attractions At Chin Swee Cave Temple

Chin Swee Temple has a lot of things to offer visitors not just witnessing scenic views of the mountain. Visitors can also explore its caves temples, mini-waterfalls, Chinese temples, and statues of Buddha, and climb to the top of the Pagoda.

#1 NINE STOREY PAGODA

Nine Story Pagoda Chin Swee Temple

The pagoda tower is one of the main attractions when visiting the Chin Swee Temple. The pagoda tower consists of 9 levels where one can climb up to the top of its observation deck to witness the breathtaking view. Also one can light up the lotus lamp and jock stick while offering prayer at the base of the pagoda.

#2 GIANT BUDDHA & GUAN YI STATUE

Giant Buddha At Chin Swee Temple

Within the Chin Swee Cave Temple premises, stands a 15-meter-high statue of the Buddha. The big Buddha is located on the side of the temple which directly faces the highlands.

#3 10 CHAMBERS OF HELL

10 Chambers of Hell Chin Swee Temple

The road of enlightenment highlights the 10 stages of hell after one death. It clearly shows how one life after death can become depending on the virtuous action performed while on earth. The man-made structure depicts the kind of punishment one will received once you will in hell.

Buddha Temple At Chin Swee Cave Temple

Chin Swee Genting has a Buddhist temple that offers a place of worship for most Buddhists. The temple is sacred and most of the spiritual activities are held like offering prayer.

Spiral Joss Stick Hanging On Temple

#5 CHINESE MYTHOLOGY OF FAIRIES

Eight Faries Chin Swee Temple

Based on Chinese mythology, fairies are believed to be human beings who received the power of immortality after following the order of Taoism.

Bridge of Fairies Chin Swee Temple

After exploring the temple area, one can have a break from the several shops that sell food and drinks. There is even a vegetarian restaurant and Starbucks where one can dine to enjoy the overall experience. Stall-selling souvenirs are also around selling knick-knacks to some tourists and visitors.

FINAL THOUGHTS

View of Chin Swee Caves Temple

Chin Swee Temple was true of the a-must visited the place when heading to Genting Highlands. With no entrance and a free stop from the Awana Skyway (Cable Car) makes it is worth visiting. The views across the mountain valley are just amazing and quite mesmerizing. Since it is just 1-hour ride from Kuala Lumpur, the temple is an ideal place to visit with family and friends.

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Escape Into The Clouds At Chin Swee Temple, Genting Highlands, Malaysia

The Chin Swee Temple was a literal escape into the clouds for us during our amazing stay at the Resorts World Genting , Malaysia . It is one of the Genting Highlands attractions that lifts you from the ordinary and takes you to an extraordinary surreal plane. The Chin Swee Temple sometimes also referred to as Chin Swee Caves Temple is set on a ridge high up in the hills amidst scenic environs which tug at your heartstrings. It is always a pleasure to watch clouds floating or scurrying up in the skies, but walking inside a cloud is indeed giving wings to your imagination. But we walked straight into the clouds at the Chin Swee Temple and the experience was the stuff that dreams are made of.

Chin Swee Temple – Genesis of Chin Swee Caves Temple

Chin Swee Temple

It was in 1975 that the vision and dream of  Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong took concrete shape and Resorts World Genting which was then known as Genting Highlands Resort was completed. After this, the visionary and founder of RW Genting turned his attention towards creating another structure that was linked to his childhood memories in distant Penglai, a village in China. Thus was born the Chin Swee Cave Temple, dedicated to Chin Swee also known as Quingshui a Chan Buddhist monk much revered in China. Chin Swee was known to possess supernatural powers and could summon rain at will. It is said that once he saved the town of Anxi in China from drought by summoning rain.

Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong gathered a group of liked minded people, most of whom belonged to the Anxi clan and the Chin Swee Temple took shape. He as always led from the front, donating 28 acres of land for the Chin Swee Temple and more than RM 8 million in cash. Apart from that, he characteristically donned the multiple hats of an architect, designer, planner, supervisor etc., to materialize the Chin Swee Temple into reality from the realms of dreams. That the construction of the temple itself was a risky and daunting task on account of the rocky and steep terrain did not deter the superhuman vision of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong and the Chin Swee Temple officially opened on the 24th of March, 1994.

Chin Swee Temple – Getting There By Awana skyway cable car Genting

Chin Swee Temple

We felt quite refreshed after our trek in the Awana Bio Park , a beautiful rainforest that affords serene nature trails and the opportunity to see some exotic flora and fauna. It was befitting that the next on our itinerary for the day was a visit to the tranquil environs of the Chin Swee Temple.

We got into a gleaming glass-bottomed cable car of the Awana Skyway at the Awana station. Incidentally, the Awana Skyway is one of our favorite experiences at the Resorts World Genting, Malaysia .

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As the gondola silently glided up the hill, the only sound audible was our own breathing and intermediate gasps of awe at the vistas that unfolded below us. Carpets of green vegetation whizzed below our feet as we entered into the enthralling world of clouds. The magical ride was short but sweetness personified.

We alighted at the Chin Swee station and took a series of escalators that take you downhill to reach the Chin Swee Temple.

Chin Swee Temple

The Awana Skyway cable cars run between the Awana station and the top of Resorts World Genting, one can get down at the Chin Swee station and get back after visiting the Chin Swee temple to continue your journey either way on the same ticket

Chin Swee Temple – Attractions

Chin Swee Temple

The ride on the escalators was iced with fabulous views from the glass windows that lined the walls of the corridor. Enticing views of the Chin Swee temple peeping out from the clouds, the shining red gondolas gliding in and out of clouds kept us company as we reached the Chin Swee Temple.

We emerged into the premises of the Chin Swee Temple and it was like emerging into a place that was beyond the frontiers of time. The temple stretched before us, bathed in a layer of mystical white. The 9 storeyed- Pagoda which dominated the skyline played hide and seek with the clouds, while the other temples unveiled their myriad colors behind the sheen of white which hugged them. As the clouds lifted for a moment we watched a spectacular tableau unfold before us. Mystical figures, serene statues, symmetrical and colorful structures and of course the Pagoda vied with each other to grab our attention. A burst of Chinese firecrackers somehow did not seem out of place in the serenity of the moment as we watched people scurrying around in a massive square that housed the different components of the Chin Swee Temple.

Chin Swee Temple

A grotto with the fierce looking statue of the Monkey God beneath a small waterfall grabbed our attention as we moved forward. Interestingly there were statues of monkeys reminiscent of Mahatma Gandhi’s Three Monkeys .

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Chin Swee Temple

The structure that scrapes the clouds and disappears behind them from time to time is the tall and imposing 9-storeyed Pagoda. This Pagoda is embellished with figurines of Buddha and the brilliance of 10,000 lamps lends a surreal feel inside the Pagoda. The lamps are known as blessing lamps and are for devotees to dedicate to anyone that they would like to be blessed with the grace of Buddha.

The Chin Swee Temple

Chin Swee Temple

The Chin Swee temple is a Taoist temple that is primarily dedicated to the monk Chin Swee. The main temple has a beautiful and ornamental roof supported by elegant red columns. The life and teachings of Chin Swee come alive on the inscriptions that grace the exterior walls of the temple. Inside the sanctum sanctorum, there is an image of the monk Chin Swee in a sitting position facing southwards as per the principles of Feng Shui. A natural rock with a man-made stream lends an aura of serenity to the temple where you are enveloped by peace from all sides. The water that flows from the stream is known as Dragon Mineral Water.

The Buddha Temple

Chin Swee Temple

This is a small temple dedicated to Buddha that stands in the center of the square. The exterior of the temple is really exquisite with a vibrant red color offset by colorful paintings of Taoist symbology. It is interesting to note that this temple is aligned to the main temple which is one level below. We bowed to the statue of Buddha inside the temple and also lit few incense sticks and as the fragrant smoke curled into a cloud and disappeared to merge with the larger clouds outside, we were enveloped in a haze of tranquility.

The Statue of Buddha

Chin Swee Temple

When you are at the premises of the Chin Swee Temple you are never far away from the benign grace of the Buddha. A 15-meter high statue of Buddha in serene meditation overlooks the temple and the beautiful vistas stretching below. The calm visage of the Buddha is rendered even more ethereal as clouds brush past it, gently caressing the divine presence.

The Statue of Guan Yin

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While at one end of the big square you have the serene statue of a sitting Buddha, at the other end is the compassionate figure of a standing Guan Yin. Guan Yin or Kuan Yin is a female Bodhisattva and is venerated as an embodiment of compassion and mercy. The tall statue of Guan Yin seems to cast its compassionate glance on all the visitors to the Chin Swee Temple.

The Statue of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong

Chin Swee Temple

The statue of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, the man who not only dared to dream but also ensured his dreams fructified stands behind the Buddha temple. The statue is a silent tribute in stone to the man, his vision, endeavors, and achievements. The statue stands in the midst of delightful water fountains flanked by plaques which describe Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong’s contribution.

10 Chambers of Hell

On the rocky fringes that skirt the Chin Swee Temple complex, we found a fascinating series of caves wedged in the rocks. There were 10 of them and each one depicted a chamber of hell. According to ancient Chinese belief which has a remarkable echo with the Hindu doctrine of Karma and reincarnation, one reaps what one sows and there are 10 chambers of Hell where sinners find themselves after death. Which chamber one lands up in depends on the nature and severity of the sins as each chamber has a different set of punishment awaiting the sinner.

The first chamber is a screening place where one’s deeds on the earth are scrutinized and the appropriate chamber of Hell assigned. Of course, if you are not a sinner you are sent for rebirth to the Western Pureland of Great Bliss. But those who are guilty of sins are sent for punishment, for example, those guilty of crimes like rape, murder, etc., are sent to the fifth chamber while those who have indulged in a robbery, disloyalty, etc., are dispatched to the third chamber, and so on. Colorful and at times frightening statues depict the punishment that sinners can “look forward” to in the caves that represent the chambers of Hell.

After the punishment in the assigned chambers, the 10th and the last chamber is where the dynamics of rebirth are decided. Again based on the severity of the sins the form, time, sex at rebirth are decided.

Sky Terrace

Chin Swee Temple

One of the later additions to the Chin Swee Temple is the Sky Terrace which was built to commemorate the 90th birthday of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong. His son Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay donated an amount of RM 10 million for the construction of the Sky Terrace.

This is the large square where one feels one with the clouds and it is but fittingly called as the Sky Terrace or a Place for heavenly offerings.

Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong Hall

Chin Swee Temple

In the square towards the edge of the ridge framed against the backdrop of the hills is a picturesque little building. The place in front of the building was swarming with people taking selfies as the building made for a vibrant and lovely background. In fact, the Chin Swee temple complex is a bonanza for “selfieholics”, if we can coin that term!

The Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong Hall is a place for meditation and prayers which is used by devotees and students as well as general visitors.

Amenities At The Chin Swee Temple

Chin Swee Temple

The Chin Swee Temple complex and its sprawling area may tire you, but not to worry, there are gazebos which offer succor to tired limbs where one can sit and relax taking in the lovely vistas all around. If the pangs of hunger trouble you there is a vegetarian restaurant called The Chin Swee Vegetarian Cuisine which serves authentic vegetarian fare.

There is also an accommodation option at the Chin Swee Temple complex called Goh Tong Hall Residence which offers reasonably priced and decent stay options. However, this is open to religious devotees only.

After having spent some hours in the calming locale of the Chin Swee Temple we retraced our steps back to the Chin Swee station to catch another glass-bottomed gondola to the peak of Resorts World Genting . As the Gondola glided forward and we reached the glitter and razzmatazz of the Awana Sky Avenue, the serenity of Chin Swee Temple still lingered around us like a halo.

Best time to visit Chin Swee Temple, Genting Highlands, Malaysia

Chin Swee Temple

Genting Highlands weather is very cool. Genting Highlands temperature ranges between 14 to 22 degrees Celsius all the 365 days a year. Best time to visit Chin Swee Caves temple and Resorts World Genting Highlands Malaysia is all year round.

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Driving around Genting Highlands, Malaysia

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If you are looking at getting the best deals on car rental in Malaysia , then look no further. You can rent a car in Kuala Lumpur to explore and experience amazing Malaysia, and in and around areas and embark on a road trip of exploration and discovery of beautiful Malaysia.

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Before you head off on your travels do not forget to take the travel insurance just tailored for you. The insurance also provides free airport lounge access if the flight is delayed for more than an hour.

So when you are at the Resorts World Genting and are able to free yourself from the allure of its multifold attractions, do spend a few hours on literally another plane at the Chin Swee Temple.

Have you been to Resorts World Genting? Which is your favorite attraction there? Have you also experienced the tranquil atmosphere of the Chin Swee Caves Temple? Do let us know your thoughts and comments. We always value them as they help us in creating the best content.

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44 thoughts on “Chin Swee Temple, Genting Highlands”

Visiting the Chin Swee Temple looks like an amazing experience. I love all of the architectural details. I can’t wait to visit Malaysia.

How incredibly difficult must it have been to build this complex up high. I imagine the skyway was used as one of the methods to bring materials up? Or is there a trail that can be taken to go up instead of the skyway perhaps? The ten chambers of hell made me think of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” where he lays out the circles of hell: 7 concentric circles where the further in you go, the greater the sin though, in his view, once in hell, you were stuck in that circle for eternity!

What an experience. I would love to see the temples. They are so gorgeous. You can’t see stuff like that in America.

Oh my gosh that is absolutely gorgeous! All those colors in that temple are just beautiful. I love to explore different parts of the world and I hope at some point I will be able to go here. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous.

That looks so beautiful. I would love to visit Malaysia one day. It would be a wonderful desintation for a family vacation.

Beautiful pictures. I’ve never been to that part of the world before. Looks like a lovely place to visit

What a magical experience! I’d love to visit this part of Malaysia, and rising up into the clouds to visit Chin Swee Temple sounds just the kind of experience I know I’d also enjoy, plus I’m am absolute sucker for cable cars, just LOVE them! Great to read the history of the temple, created by Genting to reflect his childhood memories of China.

Look at all those different and beautiful temples. The detail and color is amazing. Would be awesome to be able to visit one day.

What a beautiful temple! The pagoda alone would be worth the visit to see.

What an incredibly beautiful place. I love it! I will have to keep these locations in mind when we plan our trip here. Thank you!

I was in Malaysia for 1 month in spring but I hadnt heard about this place so I didnt visit it! I would not guess it is in Malaysia though as it is 100% Chinese ! This pagoda is very beautiful! Thanks for the detailed info!

Chin Swee Temple seems like a great place to explore and it certainly have a mysterious feel to it being enveloped by the clouds! The temple and its surrounding buildings are so brightly colored and it must have been such a joy to walk the grounds of such a serene place! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

What a gorgeous temple! I love the color. I would love to go there someday.

Chin Swee Temple looks like an amazing place to visit, not to mention a workout to get there. Looks totally worth it though.

This looks like a beautiful and interesting place to visit. Malaysia looks gorgeous!

We truly love adventure and travel and this looks like such a scenic place! Great photos, that tram just looks incredible!

wow! I have been to Asia but never Malaysia. This makes me want to go though! Those temples! That artchitecture! Absolutely stunning.

Wow. So stunningly beautiful. what a trip this would be, I’d love to visit!

Those Buddha temples look amazing! I’ve been to Getting Island.. actually my cousin, his family and I almost lost our life because the taxi driver was drunk and sleepy, the car swerved and it went really bad. Luckily God was still with us.

Visiting Malaysia is on my bucket list and I hope I can visit it soon! The Chin Swee Temple complex looks amazing and there are so many things to see! Those glass-bottomed cable cars sound like a great way to go to visit the temple.

I think I would fall I. Love with the place and never want to leave. This is absolutely gorgeous and what a trip

Some really nice photos you took there, especially those from the cable car.

I can only imagine what it is like to take the cable car through such pristine greenery and to climb into the clouds. I mean, it really is like – climbing into the clouds, you’re so right. That mist gives a fascinating detail to your photos, love it. 🙂 Glad to learn few details about Chin Swee, seems so interesting that he could summon rain. Would love to visit the temple and to climb up to the 9th floor of the Pagoda. Thanks for the guide, hope I’d be able to visit next year. 🙂

It feels so werid to see all this in Malaysia, it does look like China to me. I love the spooky feel with the mist. Would love to check this place out on my next visit to Malaysia.

A glass bottomed cable car! Wow! Nothing like arriving in style. What a fascinating place. I’m really not a fan of cold weather but I think I could make an exception for this. How long did you guys spend up there?

Extremely thorough post. The statues are very impressive. Especially th Buddha statue.

15M high Buddha statue? Incredible! I also want to get in the road driving in Malaysia! Do we need Intl Driving License? Bec in some countries like Vietnam and Myanmar – they don’t really require it.

Chin Swee Temple surely looks like a mystical place that one can get lost in and not mind at all. So peaceful and calming. It must’ve felt awesome to walk in the clouds. And that view from the cable car ride seems spectacular. The architecture of the pagoda and those statues are so amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Wow! This place looks so magical! I would love to visit Malaysia one day!

This is one of my regrets, not being able to go to Genting Highlands when I was in Malaysia. I absolutely love Malaysia and I heard this is like their version of Sentosa.

It seems like you truly we’re transported to a magical land in the clouds at Chin Swee Temple! I think a ride in glass-bottom cable car would be such a cool experience – though maybe not for anyone afraid of heights!

I have always wanted to see more of Malaysia as I have never made it outside of KL. Perhaps I’ll put Genting Highlands on my list!

Whoa! The location is mind blowing! Right in the middle of clouds! It is amazing how the faith of one person transformed the whole place into something so magical. Hope I can see in real.

Thanks for bringing this place to my attention, I had never heard of Chin Swede Temple. It looks like an incredible place to visit! It must have been awesome to be walking among the clouds, definitely on my list now!

That pagoda is incredible – the scale is huge and it is such a beautiful thing to see in the skyline. If I ever visit Malaysia I would love to visit the Chin Swee Temple, although the cable car might scare me!

Is this one of those places that is just perpetually cloudy? I imagine that the views on a clear day must be beautiful.

Really interesting blog and history behind this beautiful place! I loved all your photos, the contrast between the dark sky and there colourful temples / pagodas / buildings!

I can’t believe the colors how they pop at such an elevated location. These temples are amazing and it is awesome to think at such a high altitude, they were built so beautifully. Great pictures.

I love the gondola, looks like the views were amazing! Thanks for sharing your experience.

What time of the year was it when you went to Malaysia? It seems all misty and so lovely. The cable car ride would have been so beautiful with the forests beneath you.

The Chin Swee temple really looks like a dreamland. Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong was surely a visionary to have built the resort and the temple having so many attractions.

What a fabulous Taoist temple. I loved reading the story of the monk Chin Swee who is the inspiration for the temple. It looks like there is so much to see and do. I admit, I would be one of those taking a selfie (although I am not naturally inclined to do so). I’m sure the gondola ride was a great respite and also made you appreciate that you did not have to hike up to Chin Swee Temple!

I thought Resort World Genting is everything at Genting and now reading about this Chin Swee Temle has given me more motivation to visit this place in Malaysia. Good to know about Chin Swee and Supernatural powers. And finally, when you mentioned about availability of vegetarian food, I had me there.

Glass bottom gondolas!? I can’t begin to imagine how beautiful the views must’ve been. No wonder it’s one of your faves! I’m planning to visit SE Asia next year and reading this is seriously getting me super excited!

Building this temple would have been like a huge project and it has come out beautiful beyond words. I loved the vibrant color of the temple everywhere and seriously I would have been just clicking clicking. Walking among the clouds and Gandola ride too will be super fun. Great deatiled write up as always.

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Besides worshipping the Reverend Chin Swee, devotees who visit the temple can also pray to Buddha and Kuan-yin whose large white statues stand tall behind the five-storey temple. Visitors can also admire the intricacies of some of the handiwork and embark on a journey of cultural exploration, travelling from hell to heaven in the after life in accordance to ancient Chinese traditions and beliefs. Within the same site, just after the main entrance is a nine-storey Pagoda decorated with many figurines of the Buddha. Inside the Pagoda there are 10,000 “blessing lamps” installed for devotees of the temple to dedicate to those that they would like to be blessed by Buddha.

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  1. Chin Swee Caves Temple

    The Chin Swee Caves Temple ( Chinese: 清水岩庙; Pinyin: Qīngshuǐ Yán Miào) is a Chinese temple in Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia. It is situated in the most scenic site of Genting Highlands, on a 28-acre plot of rocky forested land donated by Genting Group founder the late Lim Goh Tong.

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    Visitors will also get a magnificent view of the majestic Titiwangsa mountains here. The temple attracts many devotees from across the region, including Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand and China.

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    The steep and rocky terrain made the construction process arduous and dangerous, and it was impossible to utilise modern machinery for fundamental work, such as piling. Manual labour was deployed and 18 years were spent to complete the construction. The Chin Swee Caves Temple was officially open on 29 March 1994. The History. The Founder.

  5. Chin Swee Caves Temple

    I visited the Chin Swee Caves Temple the other day. It is situated about 4,600 feet above sea level in the Genting Highlands just down the hill from Resorts World's casino, theme park and hotel complex. It is a Buddhist temple which also venerates a Chinese Buddhist monk named Chin Swee who is usually depicted…

  6. Chin Swee Cave Temple depicts the ten chambers of hell

    Thrifty Traveller - 30 Jan 2020, 7:30am The Chin Swee Cave Temple opened in 1994 after 18 years of construction. The Chin Swee Cave Temple is situated about 4,600 feet above sea level...

  7. Chin Swee Caves Temple

    A peaceful retreat Explore this grand religious site located on a sharp, rocky slope near the peak of Resorts World Genting. Embark on a cultural journey through a visual depiction of the afterlife, or simply enjoy the magnificent moutaineous landscape from the temple.

  8. Chin Swee Cave Temple

    In conclusion, the Chin Swee Temple is a must-visit destination for anyone visiting Genting Highlands or Malaysia. Its stunning architecture, breathtaking views, and spiritual ambiance make it a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Read more. Written March 16, 2023.

  9. Bridge of Fairies

    Finally, there is the Nine-Colour Dragon Wall of Luck, which stands at the entrance to greet visitors to Chin Swee Caves Temple. Each of the nine dragons, which have different dispositions and colour, represents a special type of luck. According to the folklore of ancient China, if a scholar was to meet a "yellow dragon" on his journey to ...

  10. Chin Swee Temple Genting: History, What To See, Entry Fee, And Getting

    Chin Swee Temple is the middle station on the cable car (Awana SkyWay) that connects Resorts World Genting to the Awana Bus Station. If you are staying at the resort, you may board a cable car from Level 4 of Sky Avenue and alight at the Chin Swee station to visit the temple. Later, you can resume your journey on the skyway without paying any ...

  11. Chin Swee Cave Temple

    About Explore this grand religious site located on a sharp, rocky slope near the peak of Resorts World Genting. Embark on a cultural journey through a visual depiction of the afterlife, or simply enjoy the magnificent moutaineous landscape from the temple.

  12. Chin Swee Temple holds grand celebration for Chin Swee Deity and

    The deity passed away at the age of 65 in Penglai after receiving two awards from the Imperial Palace of the Song Dynasty (960AD-1279AD). He also received the honourable title of "Venerable Master". Kok Thay at Chin Swee Temple, Genting Highlands during the grand celebration for Chin Swee Deity and Prayers.

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  14. Chin Swee Caves Temple, Taoist temple on Genting Highlands with iconic

    Seven fairies descending on cloud The eight immortals statue Tian Tan The statue of Buddha The Temple's first stage of development was started in 1975, costing an estimated RM12 million, is made up of an imposing traditional structure. It has tall red columns supporting an ornamental roof.

  15. The Location

    The History The Founder The Location The Location The Chin Swee Caves Temple is situated in the most scenic site of Genting Highlands. Located at 4,600 feet above sea level, the temple sits on a 28-acre plot of rocky forested land, about 5 - 10 minutes' drive from Resorts World Genting.

  16. Chin Swee Caves Temple

    Chin Swee Caves Temple. Between the golf course and Resorts World, on a forested cliff, stands a temple that's both awe-inspiring and blood-curdling. Chin Swee was completed in 1994, the brainchild of Resorts World founder Tan Sri Lim Goh. A nine-storey pagoda and monumental lotus-seated Buddha impress, but it's the Journey to Enlightenment ...

  17. Chin Swee Temple Genting Highlands • The Gees Travel

    There are two (2) ways to get to Chin Swee Temple, the easiest way to get to Chin Swee Temple is by taking the cable car from either Genting Highlands or Premium Outlet and getting off the Chin Swee Cave Temple Station. From here take the series of escalators heading down which leads to the temple.

  18. Chin Swee Cave Temple (Genting Highlands)

    About Explore this grand religious site located on a sharp, rocky slope near the peak of Resorts World Genting. Embark on a cultural journey through a visual depiction of the afterlife, or simply enjoy the magnificent moutaineous landscape from the temple.

  19. Chin Swee Temple, Genting Highlands

    Awana Skyway Cable Car As the gondola silently glided up the hill, the only sound audible was our own breathing and intermediate gasps of awe at the vistas that unfolded below us. Carpets of green vegetation whizzed below our feet as we entered into the enthralling world of clouds. The magical ride was short but sweetness personified.

  20. Chin Swee Cave Temple

    About Explore this grand religious site located on a sharp, rocky slope near the peak of Resorts World Genting. Embark on a cultural journey through a visual depiction of the afterlife, or simply enjoy the magnificent moutaineous landscape from the temple.

  21. Chin Swee Cave Temple

    About Explore this grand religious site located on a sharp, rocky slope near the peak of Resorts World Genting. Embark on a cultural journey through a visual depiction of the afterlife, or simply enjoy the magnificent moutaineous landscape from the temple.

  22. Chin Swee Cave Temple

    Today with contributions from the Genting Highland Resort group, Chin Swee Temple has developed into a big Tourist attraction and the admission is free. Read more. Written September 19, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry ...

  23. Pagoda Temple

    Attractions. Besides worshipping the Reverend Chin Swee, devotees who visit the temple can also pray to Buddha and Kuan-yin whose large white statues stand tall behind the five-storey temple. Visitors can also admire the intricacies of some of the handiwork and embark on a journey of cultural exploration, travelling from hell to heaven in the ...