As it turns out, we seemed to have ended up saving the best for the last -- because this Buddhist temple which takes its name from the Malaysian state that it's in (and which, in turn, takes its name from the Malay word for "silver") was by far the most beautifully decorated and visually spectacular to my mind.
On the cave walls have been painted religious murals of impressive size and detail. And on altars spread about this temple founded by a husband-and-wife pair from China in 1926 can be found gleaming statues of Buddhist religious figures. Then there's the cave itself, whose limestone formations take interesting shapes -- including, in one case, what uncannily looked like a recognizable humanoid face to my mind...
View of cave and temple
Puppet Ponyo posing in front of the temple's main entrance
Warning signs (in Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese, English and Tamil)
at the main entrance that I think alludes less to the dogs
and more to the sections of wet floor caused by dripping water
Past the canine and human temple guardians, and
stone lion guardians, can be found sights like these
I asked my German friend to stand near one of the
murals to help give a good idea of its large size!
Light and shadow add to the awesomeness but, actually,
the murals and statuary already are cool sights on their own!
Adding to the amazing experience of visiting the place
is the sense that not many people seem to know about it..
As for the face I alluded to earlier, do you see it too? ;b