Gua Charas

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Pushpa L
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
First time i went to Shivan Temple inside the cave, im so happy able to climb up with god grace. Once reach the peak, the vibes is so cool and peace. one should go there, its kept clean and very peaceful. there is one indian family taking care of the cave inside. very interesting temple to explore, would love to go again.
Written 15 May 2024
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888Chin
Singapore, Singapore41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Hidden gem, amazing natural power.
Miss the golden time 11:00-12:00. Noon sun ray on Buddha statue head.
可惜没在12:00前到。记得要11:00到12:00很特别阳光照在睡佛头上。
彭享马来同胞很开明,见到他们会来参观其他宗教场所。
Written 27 August 2022
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b4ikinkun
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia100 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Not exactly a tourist spot....I was expecting to see a beautiful cave rock formation as is usually found in other places, but instead, it was built for those praying to either Hindu or Buddha. The cave is not really big and when you come in, you are greeted with a heavy smell of incense that are burning inside. It is quite hazy inside, my son could not handle it actually. It is a bit unfortunate actually to have a beautiful cave converted into this, but it was ok I suppose. I am not sure if this was meant as a tourist place, but the place is not well kept. Trash strewn at the entrance, construction materials laying around. Inside is well lit however.
By the way, the path to reach the cave is quite steep, treacherous in some places, as the rails are rotting, so this is potentially a safety hazard.
Entrance fee is 3 RM for car and 2 RM per person
Written 2 February 2022
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Explorer
Klang, Malaysia92 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Nothing fancy about this cave. Its another spiritual cave so you wont be seeing much tourist here unless those coming for prayers. But its a large cave. with combination of both Hindu and Chinese temples. Heard from the other visitors talking that at 1 time of the day (not sure the exact timing), the sun ray will shine through the hole at the top of the cave directly to the sleeping Buddha. never got the chance to see this.
Written 29 November 2021
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Sabbitan B
Johor Bahru, Malaysia299 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I visited Gua Charas during the Covid outbreak(Recovery phase) so yeah I had the entire Cave to myself. I guess since I was the only one visiting the authorities did not light up the entire viewing area. The parking area could comfortable house about 10-15 cars at a time.

There were a few dogs which were rather friendly and not affected by my presence there. The uncle who appeared to be in charge of the parking was kind enough to guide me on the trip. Oh Yeah Parking charges are Rm3/car. After parking your car, you got to walk up a fleet of stairs till you reach the first area which houses a Buddhist shrine with a few statues of Buddha and I'm not sure of the rest though.

From there onwards you walk up to the main Cave, just before you climb up the metal stairs, you ought to donate Rm2/person for the temple management just to keep this experience living for the time to come ;). So once you've walked up the metal stairs you will reach the main Cave @ Gua Charas which houses both the Panchalingam Shivan & Sleeping Buddha temple. The climb up is not suited for the faint hearted and elderly age group unless you've already made a deal w God before hand I would highly suggest those with arthritis and heart issues to rest at the 1st level.

Once in the Cave you will see multiple mini shires and deities alongside the pathway towards the Shivan and Buddha temples. The management provides joss sticks for prayer purposes which is included in the Rm5 you've paid earlier. The entire experience takes close to 1/2 hour to complete.

It was a great experience however unsure if I would come back again unless the management takes more initiative in keeping the place vibrant. My observations could as well be biased because I visited during a non-peak season and was the only one there.
Written 22 October 2020
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GLHC
Singapore212 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
U have to pay for parking and entrance fees then u climb some steps up to the entrance. Nothing much unless u r a religious person. It’s just a huge cave. There’s a toilet at car park but it looked so run down. I doubt it’s clean. On the way to the cave, u can stop the car by the road to take a pic of the cave.
Written 23 June 2019
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chrisinkl59
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Huge dolomite caves, lot better maintained than batu caves in KL, looks like a few projects are on going to make this place attractive, really worth to visit.
Written 21 June 2019
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Martin B
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,991 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Only visited the Gua Charas cave because we saw a sign for it whilst driving towards Sungai Lembing, and was very glad we did as it is significantly bigger and more interesting than expected. It is located about 20km from Kwantan and about 10km from Sungai Lembing.

At the foot of the cave is quite a large carpark (RM 3 Fee) with a few stalls selling food/drink and buddhist statues etc. To get into the cave (entrance fee RM2) you need to climb some quite long and steep steps (actually quite a challenge), half way up you get some great views of the surrounding countryside. Once you enter the cave entrance the cave opens up into a huge cavern complex complete with stalagmites and massive "flowstones". If you look at the roof, way above your head, you can see fabulous examples of large ripple marks which were formed by the ancient river that carved open the cave, it must have been a seriously large river given the size of both the ripple features and the cave itself.

The cave was also significantly longer than expected, I think we walked about 0.5 to 0.75 km into it. The cave is also known as the Sivan Temple given that it is a Buddhist Temple complete with Sleeping Buddha, smaller Buddhist shrines, a chanting monk and burning incense. Indeed it seamed quite popular with Buddhist devotees the day we visited, although it was far from being over crowded. The cave was well lit.

Well worth a visit if on route to Sungai Lembing, highly recommended.
Written 28 May 2019
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WilliamBLN
Johor Bahru, Malaysia37 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
it's a young cave with Hindu and Buddhist worship area. Some constructions inside the cave. No proper parking for RM3 parking fee. Entrance fee is kind of voluntary. The whole cave filled with incense smell and wet floor. People with asthma problem highly discourage to go in.
Written 28 March 2019
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Jo-Ann
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia17,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Awesome place. From afar, the limestone cave looked majestic. Upon reaching the entrance, it looked mysterious. You need to climb up a flight of steps to enter the temple. Then climb up another flight of steps to the entrance of the cave. Then climb down into the cave! When we were there, the path into the cave was wet so please be careful. And parts of the cave was under reconstruction. But, the cave is amazingly HUGE. There were different idols at different corners. There was a huge sleeping Buddha at the end of the cave. Beautiful. A must visit!
Written 7 December 2018
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