Chin Swee Caves Temple | A Buddhist Temple in the Genting Highlands
Covid-19 Safety Measures
- Wearing face masks is mandatory.
- The site is only open to fully vaccinated individuals.
- You will have to show proof of vaccination through the MySejahtera Vaccination Digital Certificate before entry.
- Maintain social distancing from people that aren’t traveling with you
- It is recommended that you buy your tickets in advance online
Visit the Chin Swee Caves Temple in the Genting Highlands
The Chin Swee Caves Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Genting Highlands. It was built by Lim Goh Tong, the founder of the Genting Highlands and completed in 1994. The temple is dedicated to Reverend Chin Swee (also known as Qingshui) a chinese Buddhist monk from the 9th century.
Today, the Chin Swee Temple is a popular tourist destination and a station along the Awana SkyWay Genting Cable Car. If you are planning to visit Chin Swee Temple, then here is everything you need to know.
What is the Chin Swee Caves Temple?
Plan Your Visit
Chin Swee Caves Temple Location
Address: Exit 68, Genting Sempah, Pahang, 28750 Bentong, Malaysia
The Chin Swee Caves Temple is a Buddhist temple complex, located at 4,600 ft in the Genting Highlands.
Nearest town: Gohtong Jaya
Nearest Bus Station: Awana Bus Terminal
Nearest Airport: Kuala Lumpur Airport (KUL)
By Cable Car
Visitors can use the Awana Skyway to reach Chin Swee Caves Temple. Just take the gondola lift down to Chin Swee Station and get off at no extra cost. You can also use the same ticket to continue your journey.
You can also drive to Chin Swee Temple from Kuala Lumpur and reach in approximately an hour. At the temple, park your car in one of the 112 bays available in the temple compound.
The Genting Express Bus Service which runs to the Genting Highlands from KL Sentral and Pudu Sentral in Kuala Lumpur also stops at the temple. There is also a Shuttle Bus that operates hourly from the First World Hotel.
History of the Chin Swee Caves Temple
When the Genting Highlands was founded by Lim Goh Tong in 1975, he discovered a cool rocky slope in the mountains that reminded him of the Chin Swee Crag at his ancestral hometown, Penglai Village in Fujian, China.
He led a donation drive for the construction of the temple, personally contributing a 28-acre plot of land.
Unfortunately, the steep and rocky terrain made it difficult to utilize modern machinery, and so construction was done using older manual methods.
This time-consuming work meant that it took 18 years for the Chin Swee Temple to be completed, and it was opened in March 1994.
The temple was inaugurated by Ling Liong Sik, then the Malaysian Minister of Transport.
Today, the temple attracts devotees from China, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
Highlights of the Chin Swee Caves Temple
Chin Swee Temple
The main temple is dedicated to the Buddhist monk, Chin Swee and his teachings. Here you will find a statue of this Reverend monk depicted with a black face to represent his miraculous survival from fire.
Visitors can also explore the small Buddha Temple aligned to the main temple. It features a vibrant tall red columns supporting an ornamental roof and colorful paintings of Taoist teachings.
Statue of Buddha
Just above the main Chin Swee Temple, you can see a 15-meter high statue of the Buddha overlooking the temple and the scenic landscape around it. It features the main characters from the Chinese epic “Journey to the West”.
A nine-storey Pagoda is near the main entrance. It is decorated with many figurines of the Buddha, and has blessing lamps for devotees.
Statue of Lim Goh Tong
The statue of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong is located behind the Buddha Temple. It is a tribute to the man who planned, designed, and founded this temple.
Statue of Guan Yin
At one end of the main square, you will see a huge statue of Guan Yin. Also called Kuan Yin, she was a female Bodhisattva and the symbol of mercy and compassion.
There is also a statue of a Laughing Buddha which is said to bring good luck, abundance, and contentment in life.
One of the later additions to the Chin Swee Caves Temple is the Sky Terrace. Here, devotees and visitors can enjoy a walk among the heavenly clouds.
Dragon Mineral Water
Inside the Chin Swee Temple, there is a natural rock with a man-made stream. The mineral water flowing from this stream is said to have healing properties.
At the main square, you will find statues of eight fairies playing music and chess. These 8 fairies are said to be immortals with a special gift to eradicate evil or give life.
Also at the square, there are statues of the 18 immortals or Shi Ba Lohan. They are the original followers of Buddha who achieved Nirvana and thus did not require reincarnation.
10 Chambers of Hell
Lining a path that gently winds up a hill, these 10 chambers depict the bad conduct that must be discouraged on the the Journey to Enlightenment.
Bridge of Fairies
Once you cross the chambers of hell, you will come across the smiling faces of ‘Seven Fairies’ that are said to have descended from heaven.
Gods of Fuk-Luk-Sau
After admiring the Bridge of Fairies, you will see the three Gods of Fuk-Luk-Sau who represent luck, wisdom, and longevity respectively.
9 Color Dragon Wall of Luck
Located at the entrance to Chin Swee Caves Temple, these 9 dragons are each a different color and represent a special type of luck.
- Lockers: Any bags and luggage can be stored near the entrance or at the many Halls at Chin Swee Caves Temple. Lockers are also available.
- Toilets: There are a number of restrooms available at the Chin Swee Caves Temple.
- Baby Changing: Most of the restrooms have baby changing facilities.
- Restaurant: If you get hungry while exploring the Chin Swee Temple, then you can eat at the Chin Swee Vegetarian Cuisine restaurant, or at the Starbucks cafe.
- Stay: Religious devotees visiting Chin Swee Temple can stay at the Goh Tong Hall Residence and take part in meditation, yoga, tai chi and other similar group activities.
- Parking: If you drive to the temple, you can park your car at the compound which has 112 bays.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Chin Swee Caves Temple
A. The Chin Swee Caves Temple is a Chinese temple located in the Genting Highlands. It is dedicated to the Buddhist monk, Reverend Chin Swee.
A. Yes, the Chin Swee Caves Temple is open to the public after Covid-19 closures. However, they are currently only open to fully vaccinated individuals.
A. No, you do not need a ticket to visit the temple.
A. The Chin Swee Caves Temple is located in the Genting Highlands of Malaysia.
A. You can reach Chin Swee Temple via the Awana Skyway cable car or by bus, car, or taxi.
A. Yes, visitors can reach the Chin Swee Caves Temple by taking a cable car ride on the Awana Skyway from Awana Station or SkyAvenue Station.
A. Yes, the Chin Swee Temple is one of the three stations of the Awana Skyway.
A. Chin Swee Temple is open every day from 9 AM to 6 PM.
A. You can spend from 30 minutes to 1 hour at the Chin Swee Temple.
A. The Chin Swee Caves Temple features many Buddhist shrines, including a statue of Master Qingshui, also known as Chin Swee, who is worshiped as a deity in Fujian, China due to his miraculous deeds.
A. This temple began construction in 1976, and it was officially opened on 29 March 1994.
A. The Chin Swee Caves Temple was founded by Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, who also founded the resorts at the Genting Highlands.
A. The temple was built to honor Reverend Chin Swee, a Buddhist monk who was worshiped in founder Lim Goh Tong’s home town of Penglai Village in Fujian, China.
A. Most parts of the Chin Swee Caves Temple are accessible to wheelchair users.