Not sure where you can spend Chinese New Year without all the family dramas and the scorching heat that is usually part of the package during spring festival? Here’s a place you can go; Chin Swee Caves Temple, Genting Highlands.
Located at 4,600 feet above sea level, the temple is about 5–10 minutes’ drive from the peak of the mountain. There is plenty to see in the vicinity of the temple, even if you are not a worshipper. The temple itself is divided into a few sections and is one of the major tourist attractions in Genting Highlands. You don’t need to be a believer to visit the temple. As Chin Swee Caves Temple is a tourist attraction, people from all walk of life is welcome to visit. It is a place of worship, and therefore, no entrance fees is imposed. Offerings, monetory donations for temple maintenence on the other hand is welcomed.
As of writing, Chin Swee Caves Temple is currently organizing a Chinese New Year carnival at B1 Car Park until 14 February, from 10am to 8pm daily. 50 stalls have been set up that offers local and Chinese products such as gifts and souvenir at the carnival. In addition there will be special lion dance and cultural show at the same venue. Other tradition-rich activities that guests would find entertaining are Feng Shui reading, a giant Buddha Statue Wishing Tree, calligraphy contest for children on 13th February, and a singing competition for children on 14th February.
A giant Buddha statue can be seen sitting serenely at the hilltop, and here is where you can find a wishing tree. Be sure to make a wish or two should you visit the temple during the festive period.
Chin Swee Deity Birthday Celebration was also held at the Prayer hall at Level 7C, from 12th February, 11pm till 13th February, 3.30pm.
The statue of Chin Swee Deity sitting grandly at the altar.
Offerings for the prayers spotted.
Devotees are seen praying fervently for blessings and smooth sailing year ahead.
If you are a believer and wishes to partake in the religious activities in Chin Swee Caves Temple, fret not, thePrayer to the God of Heaven, Tian Gong will be held at the 13th Floor, Sky Terrace on 15th February, from 11.30pm onwards. There’s still time to head over there for some blessings. Ven. Zhang Yong has also been invited to give blessings daily from the 1st to 7th lunar day of Chinese New Year or from 8th to 14th February for those who are coming to Chin Swee Temple for Chinese New Year’s blessings.The sessions are scheduled from 10am to 12pm, and from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
Visit to the temple is convenient with free return shuttle bus service during the carnival period, from 9am to 9pm daily. Buses leave every 30 minutes and depart from the First World Hotel Lobby and Maxims Hotel Lobby.
Devotees may opt to stay at the Chin Swee Caves Hostel or First World Hotel.
In conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration, Resorts World Genting is also offering Ang Pow Give Away Room Package Promotion. Priced at RM168 nett per package, guest will be entitled for one night stay at First World Hotel standard room that comes with buffet dinner for two persons at Coffee Terrace. The room package booking is available now until 21 February, while staying period is from 12 to 20 March 2016.
For more information about the Chinese New Year Celebration at Resorts World Genting or room package booking, please call +603 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com.