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Message by the Minister ofHousing and Local Government 4Message by the Deputy Chairman ofChin Swee Caves Temple Building Society 5The Location 8The Founder 10The History 12The Temple 16The Attractions 30Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong Hall 54Photo Journey 56ContentsCoffee Table Book_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 11:58 AM Page 3

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4am pleased to be given this opportunity to contribute a few wordsin this commemorative book produced in conjunction with Tan SriLim Goh Tong’s 90th birthday celebration and the official openingof Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong Hall at the Chin Swee Caves Temple. Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong is truly a man ahead of his time, withgreat vision and determination to turn his dreams into reality. In the true spirit of an entrepreneur,Tan Sri Lim single-handedly turned an inaccessible and undeveloped section of the Ulu Kali mountainrange into a world-class holiday destination - Genting Highlands Resort. He made his way to the topof the mountain, and top of the business world despite all obstacles. He established a business empirespanning the globe and turned Genting Group into an international conglomerate of outstandingrepute. Tan Sri Lim is not only an acute businessman but also a noble philanthropist. Over the years he personally as well as through hiscompany has contributed immensely to many worthy charitable causes in this country. One such cause that Tan Sri Lim has pursuedover three decades is the development of the Chin Swee Caves Temple. Chin Swee Caves Temple is one of the most picturesque temples in Malaysia, if not in Asia. An engineering masterpiece, it is builton one of the most scenic sites of Genting Highlands. Its serenity and salubrious mountain air will welcome all visitors andworshippers alike. Chin Swee Caves Temple is a testament to Tan Sri Lim’s commitment in building a temple rich in Buddhism andChinese traditions. Chin Swee Caves Temple is truly a cultural heritage treasure for all Malaysians to be proud of. The productionof this book will provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of the richness of Chinese beliefs, traditions and culture. 'DWR·6HUL2QJ.D7LQJYB Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Ting, Minister of Housing and Local DevelopmentA message fromCoffee Table Book_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 11:59 AM Page 4

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5Y BHG Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Deputy Chairman of Chin Swee Caves Temple Building Society A message fromhen my father built Genting Highlands Resort, hisgoal was not just to create the joys and thrills ofa resort but to also capture the pulse and soul ofthe mountain. His was a vision to enthusiasticallyembrace modernity yet be still rooted intraditions which I am privileged and honored to continue. Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong built the Chin Swee Caves Temple inhonour of Reverend Chin Swee. It is also a heritage site toexplore the diverse array of remarkable stories and legendsof the Chinese culture and a way of life. To commemoratethe Founder’s 90th birthday, we have produced this coffeetable book that encompasses the unique architectural and design aspects of the Temple.As the Deputy Chairman of the Chin Swee Caves Temple Building Society, I together with theChairman and on behalf of the committee members would like to sincerely thank ourassociates and friends for their contributions and support. We remain committed to furtherdevelop and continue to enhance this heritage site.7DQ6UL/LP.RN7KD\,Coffee Table Book_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 12:00 PM Page 5

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9he Chin Swee Caves Temple is situated in themost scenic site of Genting Highlands. Within theTemple is seated a black statue of the ReverendMaster Chin Swee who has long been referred to asa deity in Fujian Province for his supernatural abilities to summon rainand drive away evil spirits. The Temple attracts many local and foreigndevotees from Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand and China.The Chin Swee Caves Temple is situated on a 28-acre plot ofrocky forested land donated by Genting Group founder Tan Sri Dato’Seri Lim Goh Tong. Located 4,600 feet above sea level, the Temple isabout 5–10 minutes’ drive down from the peak of the mountain.)Coffee Table Book_6_4.qxd 4/6/2007 10:41 PM Page 9

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11an Sri Lim, now 90, discovered this serenesite when he started building the first hotel inGenting Highlands Resort. While constructingthe road leading to Genting Highlands, hespotted this cool rocky slope, covered withgreen tropical vegetation dotted with flowingstreams, which was very similar to the ChinSwee Crag back in Penglai Village in Fujian, China.Tan Sri Lim was born in Penglai Village (which is now a township).Since young, he watched his parents and relatives pay theirrespects to the Reverend Chin Swee and have their prayersanswered. The Reverend died at the age of 65 in Penglai afterreceiving two awards from the Imperial Palace of the SongDynasty (960AD to 1279AD) and another two awards werepresented to him posthumously in praise of his work along withthe conferment of the title ‘Venerable Master’ after his death.Following the footsteps of his elders, Tan Sri Lim became adevotee of the Reverend Chin Swee. Hence, he was inspired tobuild a similar temple when he saw the remarkable resemblancebetween the present Genting Highlands temple site and itsoriginal in China. In 1937 at the tender age of 20, Tan Sri Lim left Penglai to seekhis fortune in Kuala Lumpur. He has remained in Kuala Lumpurever since. Yet, fond memories of his birthplace and its simplepeople and the good deeds of the Reverend Chin Swee remainedclose to his heart.)Coffee Table Book_6_4.qxd 4/6/2007 10:45 PM Page 11

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13fter completing the building of Genting HighlandsResort in 1975, which at that time was just a hotelwith a small casino, he began construction of theChin Swee Caves Temple. With the samededication that he demonstrated in developing theGenting Highlands Resort, Tan Sri Lim began bygathering a group of friends many of whom werefrom his own Anxi Clan and ancestry village of Penglaiand established the Chin Swee Temple Society. Alwaysleading by example, Tan Sri Lim began a donation driveby contributing a 28-acre land for the construction ofthe Chin Swee Caves Temple. In addition, hiscompanies Resorts World Bhd and Genting Berhadmade a cash donation of RM8.1 million for the buildingfund. Tan Sri Lim was elected Chairman of the societywhile his son, Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Kok Thay was appointedits Deputy Chairman. Construction of the Temple was both arduous anddangerous due to the steep and rocky terrain, whichmade it impossible to utilise modern machinery forfundamental work such as piling. However with thesame tenacity and determination that he put in whenbuilding Genting Highlands Resort, Tan Sri Lim who acted as theplanner, architect, designer, contractor and supervisor used manuallabour for the digging of the foundation for the temple. He and histeam manually dug holes of 80 to 100 ft in depth for this tricky hillslope development. After all these tedious and time consuming workthe Temple was completed in 18 years. More importantly, despiteadopting such manual approach in extremely difficult situations andrisky environment, there were no casualties nor work related accidentsreported during the whole period of construction.Coffee Table Book_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 11:51 AM Page 13

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15he Chin Swee Caves Temple, which wasofficially opened on 29 March 1994 by TunDr. Ling Liong Sik (then the Minister ofTransport), overlooks lush green slopes ofvirgin forest with a view of the winding roadascending to Genting Highlands. Such is thetranquility of the place that just by standingthere one can feel the peacefulness of the environment in themidst of the moving white clouds and gentle cool breeze. )Coffee Table Book_6_4.qxd 4/6/2007 10:49 PM Page 15

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The Temple’s first stage of development, costing an estimatedRM12 million, is made up of an imposing traditional structure.It has tall red columns supporting an ornamental roof. 17The Temple won the Pahang LandscapeCompetition Award under the category -Place of Worship (non-islam) as follows :-State Level:1st Place - 1996, 1997, 2003 and 2005 2nd Place - 2001National Level:2nd Place - 1996, 2003 and 2005Coffee Table Book_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 12:03 PM Page 17

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19The exterior wall carries manyinscriptions that depict the life ofthe Reverend Chin Swee and hismajor charitable and supernaturalworks.Coffee Table Book_6_4.qxd 4/6/2007 10:52 PM Page 19

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20The statues of four stern-looking‘Celestial Generals’ attired inwarrior costumes and armed withswords guard the entrance to theTemple.Coffee Table Book_6_4.qxd 4/6/2007 10:54 PM Page 20

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23Within the Temple, the statue of the Reverend Chin Swee placed in accordance with fengshui principles is seated at the northern part ofthe main hall with his face looking south. Behind the statue is a natural rock in a man-made flowing stream. The rock gives the necessarysupport to the statue while the stream provides clear cool mineral water throughout the year. This water has been named ‘Dragon Mineral Water’. At the temple in Penglai Village the water was said to have healed the sick. Coffee Table Book_6_4.qxd 4/6/2007 11:04 PM Page 23

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29The Reverend Chin Swee’s birthday falls on the 6th dayof Lunar New Year and is celebrated for ten daysbeginning from the first day of the Lunar New Year.Going forward and with the completion of these latestadditions, the Chin Swee Caves Temple committee isplanning for more events and celebrations aimed atdepicting not only the good deeds of the ReverendChin Swee but also the richness of the MalaysianChinese culture. Coffee Table Book_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 1:24 AM Page 29

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Besides worshipping the Reverend Chin Swee,devotees who visit the Temple can also pray toBuddha and Kuan-yin whose large white statuesstand high and tall behind the five-storey Temple.Visitors can also admire the intricacies of someof the handiwork and embark on a journey ofcultural exploration, travelling from hell toheaven in the after life in accordance to ancientChinese traditions and beliefs.31Coffee Table Book Part 2_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 3:20 AM Page 31

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32Within the same site, just after the main entrance is a nine-storey Pagodadecorated with many figurines of the Buddha. Inside the Pagoda there are10,000 ‘blessing lamps’ installed for devotees of the Temple to dedicate tothose that they would like to be blessed by Buddha. Such is the popularityof these blessing lamps, that there are only 2,000 left.Coffee Table Book Part 2_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 12:32 AM Page 32

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35In honour of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong’s 90th birthday, his son Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay donated RM10 millionto initiate and complete the latest expansion and enhancement of the Chin Swee Caves Temple.Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong donated a further RM10 million through Yayasan Lim for this expansion project.Some of the new additions include the creation of a large squarespreading over 35,000 sq ft, aptly named Sky Terrace (Place forHeavenly Offering) for visitors and devotees alike to take a leisurelywalk among the ‘clouds in heaven’, the creation of 110 rooms formeditation, retreat and self discovery as well as other enhancement ofgeneral facilities in and around the Temple.Coffee Table Book Part 2_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 12:36 AM Page 35

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38The square located at the baseof the statue of Kuan Yin,stretches from the entrygateway to the statue ofBuddha with a small Buddhisttemple at the center that isaligned to the main Templebelow. This small BuddhistTemple is open to all to makeofferings.Coffee Table Book Part 2_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 3:16 AM Page 38

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<8Within the square, just behind the smallBuddhist Temple is a statue of Tan Sri LimGoh Tong. This statue is erected by theChin Swee Caves Temple Society andResorts World Bhd in appreciation of TanSri Lim’s leadership in the Chin SweeCaves Temple and the development ofGenting Highlands Resort as the leadingtourist attraction in Malaysia. The statueis also a show of gratitude for hisimmense philanthropic contributions tosociety and a mark of respect for hisgreat success in business.There are inscriptions on a plaquebehind Tan Sri Lim’s statue describinghis role as the founder of the Chin SweeCaves Temple Society and as the manwho was instrumental in leading a groupfrom the Anxi Clan to build this Templeto commemorate the good deeds ofthe Reverend Chin Swee. The inscriptionsalso document Tan Sri Lim’s personalcontributions and devotion to thecontinuing upgrading and improvementof the Temple’s facilities in all aspects.&\DQ0DJHQWD<HOORZ%ODFNNew Pages_IBN_14_5.qxd 14-May-08 10:24 AM Page 40

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41Also around the square, are several gazebos for visitorsto rest their tired feet. The statues there bring to lifetraditional ancient Chinese characters such as ‘the EightDeities’ playing a friendly game of chess.Coffee Table Book Part 2_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 12:44 AM Page 41

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42There are also many othertraditional Chinese figurines andcarvings, such as the stone wallleading to the statue of Buddhashowcasing the famous 18 Lohans(Divine Characters in Buddhism)as well as principal personalitiesin the famous Journey to the Westdepicting some of their adventuresto India in search ofenlightenment. Coffee Table Book Part 2_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 1:02 AM Page 42

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45Along another pathway leading down to the main Temple arestone carvings imported from China, relaying 24 stories of filialpiety. These famous tales of ancient China are meant to inspirepeople to treat their parents well. For example, there is a storyabout a child in a poor family who would warm a bed by lyingon it before letting her parent sleep on it during winter. Anothertale recounts a child wearing colourful clothes just to please herparents who loved bright colours. Coffee Table Book Part 2_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 12:54 AM Page 45

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46Of particular interest to visitors, especially children, may be thedepiction of ten Chambers of Hell. These chambers line a path thatgently winds up a hill at the fringe of the square. The walk up the pathis named the Journey to Enlightenment because these chambers aimto discourage bad conduct by depicting the painful experiences anevil person would encounter in Hell. According to Chinese beliefs, the First Chamber ofHell would screen the character of a dead person andhis past deeds to decide whether or not and where heshould receive punishment. A good person would besent for rebirth in the Heavenly Realm or the WesternPureland of Great Bliss. An evil person would besent to one of the remaining nine chambers of Hell,each of which is authorised and empowered toimpose various degrees of punishment. Hence, allthe newly arrived souls of the dead would proceed tothe First Chamber of Hell where Chin-Kwong-Wang, the King of theFirst Chamber would determine their fate.The Second Chamber of Hell said to be located below the oceanwould deal specially with people who had abducted men or women,occupied properties not belonging to them, or caused bodily harm toothers. Doctors who had cheated their patients or carried outmalpractices, adulterous couples and those who had committedsuicide before completing their filial obligations would likewisereceive their punishment here. The Third Chamber of Hell would mete outpunishment to ungrateful or disloyalpeople and thieves. The Fourth Chamberpunishes those guilty of tax evasion,bullying and negligence. In the FifthChamber would be placed those foundguilty of rape, murder and fighting whilethose who had engaged in vandalism orhas shown disrespect for religion wouldend up in the Sixth Chamber. The SeventhChamber of Hell awaits those who hadbeen involved in trafficking, abortion,gambling and other dishonest activities. The Eighth Chamberpunishes people who had not shown filial piety towards their parentsand respect for their elders. The Ninth Chamber deals withpeople who burn and damage properties. The Tenth Chamberdecides on the place, form and sex in matters of reincarnation andrebirth.Coffee Table Book Part 2_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 1:05 AM Page 46

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47While the tour of the Hell chambers can be an educationaltrip for everyone, it can also be an eye-opener for peoplewho have little knowledge of the basic principles of causeand effect in Buddhism, a cornerstone of traditional Chinesebeliefs. The huge colour-dotted stone mushrooms can be a source ofcheer for children.Coffee Table Book Part 2_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 1:06 AM Page 47

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52After seeing the horrifying fates that await evilpersons, one will brighten up when onemeanders up the hill path. One will be greetedby the smiling faces of the ‘Seven Fairies’descending from heaven with grace. Then onemeets the three Gods of Fook-Lok-Sou (Luck,Wisdom and Longevity) and the gracious wavingof Wang-mo-liang-liang (Mother Goddess) asshe descends to earth in a heavenly chariot.Coffee Table Book Part 2_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 3:05 AM Page 52

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53Finally, there is the Nine-Colour Dragon Wall of Luck, which stands at the entrance to greet visitors to Chin SweeCaves Temple. Each of the nine dragons, which have different dispositions and shades of colour on thegold-colour plaque represents a special type of luck. According to the folklore of ancient China, if a scholar meta ‘yellow dragon’ on his journey to take the imperial examination he would get top marks and become ahigh-ranking Mandarin official who would be serving the yellow-robed Emperor in the Imperial Palace. Coffee Table Book Part 2_6_4.qxd 4/7/2007 3:04 AM Page 53

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=<Aside from the culturalenhancement mentioned earlier,there is also a newly establishedTan Sri Lim Goh Tong Hallwhichhas 110 rooms. Devotees, studentsand others can use these rooms asa place for retreat, prayers,reflection, meditation and self-discovery. The tranquil environmentof the Temple at 4,600 feet abovesea level will be an ideal place forone in search of peace to performsuch activities. Other improvement plans includeprovision of lifts and upgrading ofthe Awana Skyway sub station toenhance accessibility. Also includedis a vegetarian restaurant and amedical centre. The vegetarianrestaurant allows devotees andvisitors to experience the finesthealthy vegetarian food, while themedical centre will offer free oraffordable Chinese medicalconsultation to all.In summary, Chin Swee CavesTemple with all these addedfacilities and attractions will be aplace of interest to all and it canexpect to become one of theleading Chinese Temples in SouthEast Asia. Besides being a place topay homage to the Reverend ChinSwee for all his good deeds, it willalso be a place for understandingthe richness of ancient Chinesetraditions enabling all tounderstand some of the teachingsof past Chinese teachers and sagesthat have become the basis oftraditional Chinese culture. TheTemple will be a place of greatcultural heritage for everyone tolearn and benefit from it. &*,%,+$))7KH&KLQ6ZHH&DYHV7HPSOHLQLWVODWHVWLQFDUQDWLRQLVDUHIOHFWLRQRIDJUHDWDQGLQVSLULQJMRXUQH\RIRQHPDQDQGLWZLOOEHFRPHDJUHDWOHJDF\RIWKHODWH7DQ6UL'DWR·6HUL/LP*RK7RQJWKHIRXQGHURI7KH*HQWLQJ*URXSRI&RPSDQLHV&\DQ0DJHQWD<HOORZ%ODFNNew Pages_IBN_14_5.qxd 14-May-08 10:45 AM Page 54

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