Kellies Castle and the Cave temples near Ipoh
Attractions in and around Ipoh include Kellies Castle. It is probably Ipoh's most famous attraction. But just outside the city center you can find some very beautiful Chinese Buddhist cave temples.
Kellies Castle was mansion of an eccentric English planter William Kellie Smith in the early 20th century.
He built the castle for his wife. Smith himself was from a little town in Scotland: Kellas.
He built the castle for the same reason as Shah Jahan a few centuries earlier the Taj Mahal in Agra, India: Love.
The castle was never finished due to many problems including financial. It is now deserted and turned into a museum. Its main appeal lies in the belief that it is haunted and that secret passages leading to hidden chambers exist.
You will find Kellie's Castle at 14 km from Ipoh city center. Take the road to Batu Gajah and from there to Gopeng. This is nicer then the direct road to Gopeng as that road is very busy (though if you have a car, you probably prefer the Gopeng road).
There is however a much better road to take. Take the road out of Ipoh towards Gopeng. Pass the Sam Poh temple and follow directions to the Clearwater Golf Resort (and Batu Gajah).
You will pass the resort and at the next crossroads you can go left to Kellies Castle (and continuing leads to Gopeng).
Going straight and right lead both to Batu Gajah. This road also can be taken to cycle to Teluk Intan. See details here.
Sam Poh Tong and Ling Xian Yan temples
On the road to Gopeng you will find several cave temples. The most famous of all is the Sam Poh Temple. This is a Chinese temple built within a gigantic limestone cave. Sam Poh temple has a sister: Perak Tong. Perak Tong has a steep, tall staircase in the interior of the cave. The staircase rises up to the top of its hill. There's fine views of Ipoh and its surroundings.
The Ling Xian Yan is also located near the Sam Poh temple. Like the Sam Po temple, this is a busy temple. Most of the temple is build outside the caves but there is a small piece still inside the rock. This Taoist temple is certainly worth a visit.
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Map of Perak
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