Devotees to have a special time of worship this Chinese New Year at the Chin Swee Caves Temple


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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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 times.

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  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.


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For more information, call +603 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com

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