My husband once tried the famous cable car in Genting Highlands, Malaysia. It was a round trip between Genting Station and Resorts World Genting. And he said there was no transit station to stop by at the midway point.
Then, my husband wanted to be back to Malaysia and asked me to try the gondola too. It was part of our honeymoon itinerary as we went to Malaysia after spending five days and four nights in Singapore.
When we looked for some information about this cable car, we saw that there was a specific route to swing by Chin Swee Temple. My husband, on the other hand, said the cable car didn't use to stop at any midway points.
We both realize that Genting Skyway has now been replaced by the new Awana Skyway. This brand new cable car line transits at Chin Swee Station. It turns out that there's a historic complex named Chin Swee Caves Temple at the station.
So, we decided to stop by the temple caves. It only takes five minutes flying up with the cable car from Awana Station.
Chin Swee Temple is located at the most picturesque site of Genting Highlands. The temple affords a view of the lush green hillsides of pristine forest and provides us the winding road leading to Genting Highlands.
There are two ways to reach this temple. You can use a car which takes about a 5 - 10 minute drive from Resorts World Genting, but I think it's more suitable for locals.
For international tourists like us, it will be more memorable and leave a fruitful experience to try Awana Skyway's gondola lift system. You can start from Awana Station or SkyAvenue in Resorts World Genting.
We went there by bus from KL Sentral Station. After we arrived at Awana Station, we purchased the tickets and got ready to board the cable car. Within five minutes of quite an uphill journey, we finally arrived at Chin Swee Station!
We were mesmerized by the view it provided us. I loved the place because it was clean, comfortable, well-maintained, and caters to visitors' needs. After that, we immediately headed to the temple. It turns out that the location of the shrine is far below this station. Fortunately, there were many escalators take us to the temple.
And oh, a little reminder again, Genting Highlands' spring-like highland climate features temperatures between 10°C and 25°C every day. You can't forget your coat or sweater— these two things are necessary!
How much is the entry fee to get to Chin Swee Temple?
None! There is no entrance fee or additional cost if you want to stop by this temple, either by car or cable car. For those using the cable car, you've got to keep your tickets since you will need them again when taking the gondola to the next station.
The return direction from the temple to the station uses the same escalator. On our way, we felt grateful that there were available escalators because there was no way in the world we could keep up to climb the temple. Arriving at the station, we had to scan the ticket again to enter the cable car.
As you might already know, each glass floor can seat up to six passengers. So, we were worried that we might share the gondola with others for the return trip (😂). Thankfully, the glass floor gondola that arrived was still empty. So we could ride it alone again.
Do you want to know how it feels like taking the glass floor gondola? if yes, please read our experience on a glass gondola above the clouds!
Judging from the area which is not too big, I thought that in Chin Swee Caves Temple only has one or two attractions. But no! There are many interesting things that we can explore. What are they?
As the name says, this is the central area of the complex. There is a worship area and a statue of Chin Swee or Qingshui. He was said to have remarkable supernatural powers, such as bringing rain and driving away evil spirits.
This pagoda is one of the most iconic areas of the temple because it has nine floors and is ornamented with figurines of Buddha. This pagoda used to have 10.000 blessing lamps made for devotees who'd like to be blessed. However, the number now keeps decreasing.
The next thing to explore is the shrine with a Buddha statue inside it. This shrine is easy to find because it's located in an open area. Not too far from here, you can also see a gigantic statue of Buddha and Dewi Kuan Yin.
In the same area, you can witness the Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong statue. He was a prominent Malaysian businessman as well as the founder of Genting Highlands Resort. He donated millions of ringgit towards the building fund.
Chin Swee Caves Temple was built in 1975 and completed in 1994. The building process took a long time because the construction area could not be reached with modern tools. So most of the construction process used traditional methods.
Not so far from the main complex area, there are statues of the 8 Immortals. These statues depict 8 Immortals representing symbols of human life in Chinese mythology—the male, the female, the old, the young, the rich, the noble, the poor, and the humble Chinese.
On the way to Chin Swee Temple, visitors will be spoilt with decorations called the Ten Chambers of Hell. This area depicts ten painful experiences that sinners would encounter if they conduct bad sins after their death. It's really interesting yet terrifying at the same time to learn the narration of the 10 Hell Chambers.
Feel hungry yet? Don't worry. There are several food outlets you can visit to fuel you up. The location is down under the pagoda. The majority of food sold here is Chinese food. Interestingly, they've got my favorite coffee shop, Starbucks!
It's been quite a journey telling you all of this. It is 10/10 recommended to stop by Chin Swee Temple if you take the Awana Skyway cable car. There is no extra cost yet you gain a lot of new knowledge and, of course, instagrammable spots here.
There are still a lot of the temple areas that we weren't able to visit because of time. After stopping by the temple, we continued our journey to Resorts World Genting. If you haven't read our article when visiting Resorts World Genting, please do check them out! It means the world to us.