Qing Xin Lin Leisure & Cultural Village is one of the most beautiful attractions to visit in Ipoh, Malaysia.
It’s not usually mentioned in Ipoh itineraries, so we wanted to share more about this fun attraction with you. To be honest, we found out about this attraction when zooming into Google Maps and thought it was interesting.
Now what is this place? It’s an outdoor cultural place where you step back in time to what life was like at a traditional Malay village next to a lake and working as a merchant either cutting hair, selling coffee, or making tofu and soy milk.
But what draws visitors to this attraction is the gorgeous limestone caves towering over the traditional village and the picturesque reflections of the caves in the water.
So, continue reading this Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village guide on what to expect when visiting here, the admission cost, and other helpful tips.
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How to Get to Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village
This attraction is located within the Gunung Rapat Geosite Geopark in the Taman Saikat area of Ipoh. It’s also nearby Kek Look Tong Temple so you can visit afterward.
If you’re coming from Ipoh Old Town or New Town, you can easily hire a ride-hailing car via the Grab app. Grab is the most popular ride-hailing app in Southeast Asia (similar to Uber) and works well in Ipoh.
Expect to take 18 to 20 minutes (7.7 kilometers/4.8 miles) to get here from Old Town.
How Much Time Is Needed?
You’ll want to spend at least 1 hour here.
Mondays to Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:30pm. Closed on Sundays.
Check out the Facebook page for updates on the holiday schedule.
The cost is 12 RMB ($1.70 USD) for Malaysian citizens, 20 RMB ($2.80) for tourists, and Free for kids 6 years and under.
Even though tourists pay a slighter higher ticket fee, it’s still affordable for those on a budget and worth a visit.
Things to Know Before You Visit
- It’s a child-friendly attraction. This attraction is outdoors and has plenty of space for children to run around and interact with the decor.
- There is a parking lot for cars and motorbikes. If you’re taking a Grab car, you can get dropped off in front of the ticket office.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes. While this place isn’t large, you will be walking around to see the traditional houses and decor. There is a short hike that you can do, which we’ll share more about later.
- A map is not provided of the venue but it’s not necessary. The major sites are located around the lake and the area isn’t too large.
- There isn’t any description of the exhibits, so you’ll just take a look. Hopefully, this gets improved in the future so visitors have a better understanding of what is being shown and why.
- Bring water to prevent dehydration. It will be hot and humid to walk around.
- Also, bring snacks if you get hungry.
- You can borrow a free 2-person or 4-person pedal bike to travel around the area. While the cycling path (shared with the walkers) is flat, the pedal bikes are hard to maneuver. Therefore, we recommend walking.
Note: Once you park your bike, you may not see it again! Workers collect abandoned bikes and park near the entrance for new visitors to use.
- Or, if you want a fun challenge, you can use a rickshaw One person sits in the cart while the other person pulls the cart. It’s also free to use.
Top Highlights of Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village
Exploring a Traditional Malay Village
When entering the attraction, you’ll see rows of traditional and colorful Malay houses on stilts with fun decor inside. It’s an opportunity to see what a small house looked like before.
Since we love drinking tea, one of the rooms that we visited was a tea room that had dozens of tea cups and teapots. We would have loved to have hot tea there in the past.
Note: Be careful when walking up and down the stairs as the stairways are narrow.
Fun Retro Decor
We loved seeing the various artwork of the daily lifestyle of Malaysian people such as a man making coffee. There are also storefronts of hobby shops such as a camera store.
The Gorgeous Lake
All of the attractions are surrounded by the lake and the tall limestone mountains.
Although the lake was green on our visit, we loved the water reflection of the limestone mountains on the water. It’s truly one of the most photogenic spots in the city!
The lake is home to large koi and soft-shell turtles. We saw a few koi swim around and a soft-shell turtle poking his head out of the water.
You can buy fish food for 1 MYR ($.21) and feed the fish.
Unlike Mirror Lake, another attraction near Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village, you cannot ride a boat on the lake here.
A Lady Buddha Statue and Retro Car
If you need a place to take a rest, there are tables and chairs underneath a cave opening.
Here, you can also see Guanyin, a Lady Buddha statue, and a retro white car (that looks curvy like a Volkswagen VW). We’re not quite sure why the white car is there.
A Small Hike through Memory Lane
If you want some more cardio, there is a small hike on the limestone mountain. Don’t worry. It’s doable as it’s mostly on steps or a paved section.
The starting spot is at the red gate with the pandas and multi-colored umbrellas on top.
Then you walk up the steps and pass by mini versions of famous landmarks in Ipoh, such as the clock tower and the Majestic building.
You’ll make your way through “Memory Lane” where you can see storefronts and take photos of a barber shop, soybean shop, retro clocks shop, traditional noodle shop, wedding accessories store, ancient toilet, and more.
Afterward, you’ll reach the end of your hike where you’ll see a pair of dinosaurs and Zodiac animals. We’re not sure why dinosaurs are there but it’s okay!
Unfortunately, there isn’t any viewpoint at the end of the hike. The dinosaurs and Zodiac animals are located further into the cave as opposed to going up the mountain.
Qing Zin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village is a picturesque and affordable place to visit when you’re in Ipoh. It was well worth the visit as we had an incredible time here.
If you need a suggestion on where to go afterward, you can visit Kek Look Tong Temple. It’s located only a few minutes away by car.
We hope you get a chance to visit on your next trip!
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