China – Beijing, a walk back in History (5)

On my journey in Beijing continues. Heading to another city outside Beijing which is Chengde in the Hebei province.

Some snap shots to keep you busy before we head to Chengde.


Cute little sign which I saw.

First stop was Putuo Zongcheng Temple. The temple is a Qing Dynasty era Buddhist temple complex built between 1767 and 1771, during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1735–1796). It is located near the Chengde Mountain Resort, which is south of the Putuo Zongcheng.

View of the Great Red Tower of tje Putuo Zongcheng Temple

It is one of the Eight Outer Temples of Chengde. The temple was modeled after the Potala Palace of Tibet, the old sanctuary of the Dalai Lama and it represents a fusion of Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. The temple complex covers a surface area of some 220,000 square metres, making it one of the largest in China. Many of its halls and pavilions are adorned with copper and gold tiled roofs, adding to the splendor of the site.

The main hall of the temple, crowned with Chinese pavilions and centered around a hall with a golden rooftop

Closer view of the Great Red Tower.

Locals setting up stalls at the base of the temple selling souvenirs.

Qianlong tablet pavilion which was located behind the front entrance.

Can anyone guess where does this entrance to leads to?

Enjoying the journey so far? If you do… dun stop! There are more to come. 😊


Malaysia – A visit to the city of Ipoh.. and its’ cave temples (1)

Ipoh is a city in the state of Perak in Peninsular Malaysia. It is located on the west side of Peninsular and about 2.5hrs drive from KL or 1.5hrs from Penang.

Architecturally, the Ipoh city center has the characteristic of colonial era Chinese shop houses which is very interesting to see and also several impressive historical buildings from the British Colonial era such as the Railway Station, the Town Hall and the Court House.

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I took my family for a day trip there to visit the old city town and also to visit the Chinese Buddhist Cave Temple within a natural limestone hill.

The first was Kek Look Tong Cave…

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Lime formation seen from outside

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One of the altars in the cave

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This  is  one the other side of the cave which you can walk through.

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They even have a small park where the local will come here in the morning for their walks or exercise.

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….follow me  to the next cave temple in the my next blog.

Thai Buddhist Temple – A Visit .

Visited one of the famous Thai temple in Petaling Jaya, Selangor for some prayers. The temple is Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple. The structure and details of the temple is very well done by skilled craftsman local and from Thailand and was completed in 1962.

On  weekends, there are a lot of people coming to the temple to perform prayers and also give thanks.