Incense and mushrooms: The Chin Swee Caves Temple

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Genting Highlands has become synonymous with gambling and shopping thanks to all the casino hotels that have emerged in the last 2 decades. While the occasional fling in a casino might be fun, its not why I would go back to Genting. Tucked away in the mountains, only a short bus ride away from the hotels, lies the Chin Swee Caves Temple. A stark contrast from the madness of Genting’s casinos and theme parks, the Chin Swee Caves Temple exudes serenity. Dedicated to Qingshui, a Buddhist monk worshipped for his supernatural abilities to summon rain and drive away evil spirits, the temple has a clear spring which reportedly has the power to heal the sick.

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If you want to get away from the crazy crowds at the casinos, or if you’re the spiritual traveller or even if you simply want to admire lovely panoramic views (the temple is situated at a height of 4,600 feet), this is the place to be. There’s that sense of inner peace and tranquility that, somehow, only the mountains can bring.

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There’s a vegetarian restaurant at the temple which has really nice flat noodles and large bowls (more like tureens really) of soup for 5 RM (in 2010). If you are not a big fan of mushrooms, refrain from ordering the soup. Enormous mushrooms are used as a garnish. 

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