Gua Charah

Gua Charas - Panching Cave - Charas Cave

Useful Information

Location: Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang 25 km northwest of Kuantan.
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: Adults RM 2, Children RM 1.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave SubterraneaCave Church
Light: electric/natural
Guided tours:  
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: not accessible, many staircases
Address: Gua Charah, Tel: +60-, Fax: +60-,
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Gua Charah (Charah Cave) is a huge passage located in an isolated karst tower, which was transformed into an Buddhist temple. There is electric light, and the huge entrance allows enough light into the cave, a torch is nevertheless useful.

The cave is located inside a karst tower in the middle of a huge palm oil plantation. To reach it is a little tricky, as the roads of the plantation are not well signposted. The visit starts at the foot of the tower, where a parking lot, some houses and the ticket booth are located. A trail leads uphill with many steps. At the steep parts the trail is actually a metal frame tower with iron staircases going up in zigzags.

Finally the cave entrance is reached, The trail inside goes down first, on slippery steps, so be careful. The huge cavern is lit by the daylight entering through various holes in the ceiling, and some floodlights which are placed along the trail. There are numerous places of worship, some Buddha statues and even some stalagmites or rocks with strange forms, which are thought to be a dolphin or the goddess Kwan Yin. Most famous is the Sleeping Buddha, Dalam Ada. It is located at the far end of the cave, where the visitors have to turn around and return on the same path.