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Bats' Cave Temple

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Address: Jalan Pokok Ceri | Air Itam, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia

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Quiet place

A quiet place, it is located quite near the Penang hill and kek lok si temple. Certainly not as touristy feel as compared to other places of interests. There were aprirama... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2016
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Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

A quiet place, it is located quite near the Penang hill and kek lok si temple. Certainly not as touristy feel as compared to other places of interests. There were aprirama fishes on display in tbe premises. As for the bats in the temple, did not spot any there during my visit.

2 Thank IvanS225
Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed 12 February 2016

Tucked out of the way, this place is not on the main tourist drag. It's a small temple with a bat cave behind it. The cave is filled with incense (not sure what the bats think of it) and you have to wait a while for your eyes to get accustomed to the dark. Then you might just make out... More 

Thank PaperStoneScissors
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Reviewed 9 April 2015

The temple is unique with the cave in it and the temple has these huge fish (can't remember name of it) in a pond within the temple. Interesting!

Thank Amy L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 12 February 2015

This is the Tua Peh Kong temple at the foot of Penang Hill in Air Itam. Built in the 1900's, this temple has a cave inside it where thousands of bats dwell. They hang upside down and sleep during the day and fly out to feed on insects during the night. A giant statue of Tua Peh Kong, the God... More 

Thank nellielim
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 January 2015

I love syncretic Chinese temples, and so for me this place was a delight. The main deity is Tua Pek Gong (Taoist) - a protective deity in charge of a tract of land, and his statue was excellent. Their Guan Yin (Buddhist) statue, unlike any other I have seen is perched on top of a stone elephant and was quite... More 

Thank The-Happy-Traveller0
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Reviewed 3 January 2015 via mobile

This temple is unique because it was constructed in the face of a cave which was inhabited by bats. You've to go in the temple to see the bats clinging on the rock surface. May not be a big tourist attraction but i would recommend to those who believes in it and curious regarding bats living in the temple.

Thank Dennis K
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Just a place where worship can be done, but not entertainment spot for any persons from the world .. Maintained good and moreover i think that earlier there can be some bats in and around there but presently all should have shifted their residence to some other place leaving the name alone to this place.

Thank Kaviyanathan
Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

A secluded place of worship. Known to a few tourist but not to the locals. Has been given a new life a couple of years ago. A said-to-be haven for bats but I have yet to see one. Mainly for worship, prayers and ceremonial purposes.

1 Thank AndreLeOng
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

They actually built the temple around the cave. It's situated off a beaten track so getting there is not easy. The temple consist of may deity's and good for those who seek wealth and fortune blessing.

Thank Ratsin

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