This is the best part during my trip. If I just knew that the place is really good, I should had spent atleast a night here. But my plan was just a day tour.
Genting Highlands is also known as Genting Highlands Resort comprising of hotels, shopping malls, theme parks and other entertainment activity that is away from City. It is located on the peak of Mount Ulu Kali at 1,800 meters high. This is a popular weekend getaway for family and/or friends. Tourist spots are Sky Avenue which is owned by Resorts World Genting and the free pass Chin Swee Caves Temple (Taoist Temple).
Before my departure to Genting Highlands, I ate my lunch at the second floor of Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) in Kuala Lumpur. There is a food court there and I spent RM 17 (P223.00)
How to go to Genting Highlands:
1) By bus (it will take 1 hour ride from Kuala Lumpur)
Either from KL Sentral or TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) – there is a bus to go directly to Awana Genting
From Awana Genting, you can purchase a Cable Car ride for RM 7 to go to Sky Avenue and free pass/ride to Chin Swee Cave Temple.
2) By car (just an hour or less travelling to Awana Genting)
Chin Swee Caves Temple
Chin Swee Caves Temple is a Taoist temple. It attracts many local and foreign devotees from around Asia. It is located 4,600 feet above sea level in Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia. This is not just a place of worship among its believers but it also gives a scenic view of Genting Highlands. I enjoyed the beauty, cool breeze and nature adventure.
Highlights: Temple of heaven and hell. You can see here the 10 chambers of hell. From the Day of Judgment to the final destination in hell. There is also the Road to Enlightenment and the statue of Qingshui, a Buddhist monk who has long been referred to deity in Fujian province in China.
As Christians, yes, I don’t believe in these things but in here I got to learn a lot of things especially among Taoists. I can relate with the 10 chambers of hell in the Bible. There is heaven and there is hell as well based on their beliefs.
Things to do:
1) Cable Car ride (zero visibility due to fogging especially in going up to Sky Avenue from Chin Swee Cave as it is the top destination).
2) Sky Terrace to enjoy the scenic view more.
The most popular tour destination here is the Journey to Enlightenment which depicts the 10 chambers of Hell.
– According to Chinese beliefs, the soul will be sent to the first chamber then Chin Kwong-Wang will judge if the soul needs punishment or else, it will be sent for rebirth (since they believe in reincarnation) in Heaven. A soul that needs punishment will be sent to the rest of the chambers which there are different and more punishments waiting for that soul.
3) Goh Tong Hall – accommodation with 110 rooms for tourists who will visit there with a purpose (meditation, retreat and self-discovery).
4) Vegetarian Restaurant – if you are hungry, no worries because there is a Vegetarian Restaurant where you can eat unique dishes.
Sky Avenue/Resorts World Genting the only way to get here is through the Cable Car from Awana Skyway (pass by Chin Swee Cave Temple). Located 6,000 feet above sea level and accessible through cable cars from Awana Skyway and Genting Skyway.
This is another haven for shoppers and food trips. One restaurant that amazed me is the Malaysian Food Center where you can have a taste of Malaysian cuisine.
Things to do:
- Ripley’s Believe it or not Odditorium
- Sky Casino
- Snow World
- First World Plaza
- Alive Museum
- PlayTime! (Video Games Park)
- Spacetime Squad Virtual Reality
It was indeed a great (one) day tour away from the bustling City.
Lunch at TBS: RM 17 (P223.00)
Bus to Awana Genting from TBS: RM 10 (P132.00)
Awana Skyway (Cable Car) from Awana Genting to Chin Swee Caves Temple: free (this is a free stop)
Awana Skyway (Cable Car) from Chin Swee Caves Temple to Sky Avenue: RM 7 (P92.00)
Cable car from Sky Avenue to Awana Genting RM 7 (P92.00)
Bus from Awana Genting to Jalan Pekeliling (nearest drop off in going to Batu Caves from Genting Highlands): RM 10 (P132.00)
In less 500 pesos (from Kuala Lumpur), I was able to visit and enjoy this place. If you are in Malaysia, I recommend to visit this place. Indeed, it was the most memorable and unique experience for me.