I ARRIVED AT CHIN SWEE TEMPLE AROUND 6.30 PM AS I WANTED TO SEE HOW THE TEMPLE COMPLEX LOOKED LIKE AT DUSK AS I ASSUMED IT WOULD TAKE ON AN ETHEREAL LIGHT...AND I WAS RIGHT!
The mountain setting of Chin Swee Temple nestling amid the low clouds and mist all conspired to produce a surreal experience and I could feel the sacredness of the place. Of course anytime is a good time to visit Chin Swee temple or any religious site but I think a twilight trip is particularly exhilarating.
There were stalls in the main square but they would soon be packing and leaving. I turned left to admire the pagoda before turning back to see the statue of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong who transformed a near worthless tract of land into a mega-million ringgit project and made him the richest man in Malaysia at one time!
His fame and fortune were due to simple hard work and the blessings of the gods especially Buddha, Kuan Yin and the local deity Chin Swee from his home village of Anxi in Fujian province in China. It was this deity who inspired the 19 year old to leave China for the promised golden land of Malaya and in gratitude Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong built a small shrine which expanded as his empire thrived into a world class Buddhist complex and a major tourist attraction that requires at least 3 hours to thoroughly enjoy the various religious sites. There is even a full scale vegetarian restaurant.
The iconic pagoda at dusk
So dramatic the red lanterns
Stunning at sunset
Ng Kun Tek and Kuan Yin
Kuan Yin the Goddess of Mercy
Kee Hua Chee worships Kuan Yin
Kee Hua Chee and Kuan Yin
Kee Hua Chee wishes his readers Happy Horsey Year!
Happy Horsey Year!
Happy Chinky New Year!
Drama at sunset
Cranes flying towards Kuan Yin
Cranes flying to Kuan Yin
Stunning vista at sunset
The Seven Fairies leading the carriage of Xi Wnag Mu the Mother Goddess of the Western Heaven
The 7 Fairies
Fairies sprinkling flowersThe 7 Fairies leading the way for Xi Wangmu, Mother of the Western Heaven
Flute playing fairies
A phoenix, symbol of female power, pulls the carriage of Xi Wangmu
The Mother Goddess of the Western Heaven
The Mother of Western Heaven shares a special bond with all women
This 3D sculptural masterpiece is amazing
The royal retinue look like they are flying
Flying towards the Goddess of Mercy
Drama at dusk
The peaches of immortality
The peaches grow in the orchard of Xi Wangmu
Eat one and you become immortal for 3,000 years
Then the peaches ripen again after 3,000 years and Xi Wangmu will serve them again to her guests
The Gods of Wealth, Health and Happiness
The peaches of longevity
Peaches of longevity
A fairy attendant offering a peach
Love her suspended ribbon
Attendants carrying peaches of longevity
Deer are the vehicles used by these celestials
Kee Hua Chee gets his peach
Kee Hua Chee and pagoda at twilught
The light is soft and mysterious
Heaven smiles on Kee Hua Chee
Ng Kun Tek and pagoda
Ng Kun Tek
Ng Kun Tek
Pagoda glowing at sunset
Ng Kun Tek
Kee Hua Chee
This is the best spot
Still at it
So surreal but real
Kee Hua Chee weara s double dragon robe and adidas shoes
What a sight
Pigsy and Ng Kun Tek
Pig and Ng Kun Tek
Monkey King leading Tripitaka
Ng Kun Tek join the pilgrims
The 8 Immortals with Genting Resort at mountain top
The 8 Immortals
The 9 Immortals
the 9 Immortals
Kee Hua Chee joins the Immortals
Kee Hua Chee and 8 Immortals
Kee Hua Chee is immortal
Ng Kun Tek with the divinities
Kee Hua Chee holds the gold ingot so he is guaranteed a prosperous year
Fantastica 2 showtime at Genting Theatre fro RM 115 per person downwards!
Dancing on the ceiling!!!
Incredible antics performed upside down on the ceiling!
If one falls, he or she will die on the spot!
I love it
This was a bubble!
Finale! Go see this show before it ends in May 2014!