Prayers, offerings and celebrations to be held up in the clouds
Located at an altitude of 1,514 meters is the Chin Swee Caves Temple, a great
place for devotees to mark the Chinese New Year. It offers breathtaking views for
meditation, enjoyment of peace and tranquility at 4,600 feet above sea level.
The temple is not only a popular place of worship for devotees but has become a
popular tourist attraction since its official opening on 29 March 1994. The temple
is situated on a sharp and rocky slope on the way up to the peak of Resorts
World Genting at the midhill point offering stunning views of the 130 million
year old forest. For the festive season, there are several events lined up at
the temple for devotees to receive their blessings for the year.
The highlight of the events to be
held at the Chin Swee Caves Temple to celebrate the Chinese New Year are
various activities such as prayers and Merchandise & Food Bazaar. Adding to
the atmosphere will be stalls providing the lively vibe of a local night market
with Chinese food that will be non-Halal such as Taiwanese burgers, stinky tofu
and dry meat plus many more. Visitors can check out the goods on sale such as T-shirts,
crystals and all the Chinese New Year goodies.
Devotees may also bless their loved
ones with prayers at the Giant Buddha statue wishing tree. The festival will
take place from 16 to 21 February from 9.00am to 7.00pm at the 13th
floor of Sky Terrace.
Meanwhile, the Chinese New Year
Blessing Light Offering will be carried out at the 13th floor of the
Buddha Hall from 16-21 February. The special offering can be made from 10.00am
– 12.00pm and from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. This blessing is a good luck prayer for
the year and will be carried out by a monk specially invited for the occasion. The
lit lamps will be a sight to behold for visitors.
To worship the reverend deity the
temple is named after, the 6th Day Chin Swee Deity Birthday
Celebration will be held on from 9.00pm to 12.00pm on 20 February and from
8.30am onwards on 21 February on the seventh floor of the temple, at the main
prayer hall. The deity was known for his abilities to protect against evil
spirits and summon rain. A special altar dedicated to this deity is situated
within a large cave below the temple complex. The founder of Resorts World
Genting, Tan Sri Dato Seri (Dr.) Lim Goh Tong himself personally made a special
trip to Anxi, China to bring back the statue of the Chin Swee deity.
On 23 February, there will be the 9th
Day Prayer to the God of Heaven, ‘Tian Gong’ from 11.30pm onwards at the 13th
Floor of the SkyTerrace. Devotees pray to the god also known as the Jade
Emperor for blessings and wealth. This festival is an important event or the Hokkien Community and is
typically known as the ‘Pai Tnhee Kong’ festival.
Visitors wishing to simply visit the
temple can visit the stunning nine-story pagoda and the remarkable 15-metre
high statue of Buddha. 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.
It takes approximately six minutes
for the cable cars to travel from the Awana station to the Chin Swee Temple
station where visitors can enjoy a scenic view and a bird’s eye view on the way
up. The temple can also be easily accessed by road. Free return shuttle service
is also provided from Awana Skyway and the First World Hotel lobby at selected
The temple boasts remarkable wall
sculptures and Chinese architecture, displaying the intricacies of the
handiwork by the artists. There is also a vegetarian restaurant offering
stunning views of the 130 million year old forest. Devotees wishing to immerse
themselves in the monastic lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of modern
life can go for a temple stay at the Goh Tong Hall Residence.
For more information, call +603 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com
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