Batu Caves Local Customs

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    to enter the temple, please remove your shoes

    by DaHongHua Updated Apr 30, 2013
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    Shoes and slippers are not allowed into the temple, other than that, please follow what others do like no talking, no pointing this and that and be attired in good manner. As for the blue metal box which is locked, it is for the temple committee to collect donations from the tourists and visitors. You are most welcome to give a donation, that money is used for the upkeep and maintenance of the temple.

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    Thaipusam festival

    by l_joo Written Jan 25, 2005

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    Free charity foods is here for everybody to grab but the big poster says only 2 packs each person, otherwise peoples can simply ask for 100 packs. Peoples ate and just dump on the street, making the entire scene even more like real. I saw some big garbage trucks standing by to wait for clearing, so probably the reason why peoples just dump anywhere.

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    Thaipusam festival

    by l_joo Written Jan 25, 2005

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    Here you can see how they (festive performers) carry their big heavy creative frameworks all the way steps up the caves. They need to rest in the staircase, that's why it takes long time, but it won't bore you because too many peoples to see. My eyes and camera were too busy capturing all the new images.

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    Thaipusam festival

    by l_joo Written Jan 25, 2005

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    I saw a devotee in full needles on his body with only a short pants and painted himself grey colors, he is definitely one of the festive day performers. You can see some peoples beside him, that's his gang to help him guide the way or provide drinks and this that during his long walk towards the top of the caves steps.

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    Thaipusam festival

    by l_joo Written Jan 25, 2005

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    You can have your hairstyle turn into this on Thaipusam day. I saw probably 1 in every ten peoples had their hair shaven off this way and colored using some kind of dye to make their head look like this. Some women did this too in complete bald, kids too. Tourists sure can have a try.

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    Thaipusam festival

    by l_joo Written Jan 25, 2005

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    For tourists who want to ask me whether it is safe enough to visit this festival in Batu Caves, look for yourself of how many policemen and security guys around. This picture is at the main entrance, you can see there are shady underneath the big door arch, that's where you can evade some heat, but I don't think you need it.

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    Thaipusam festival

    by l_joo Written Jan 25, 2005

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    I make sure I don't go on this special festive with car, I rode my motorbike to avoid getting myself stuck in the horrible traffic. I parked my bike at the roadside provided by the policemen only for this day. So many security personnels, tourists sure can rest assure.

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    Thaipusam festival

    by l_joo Written Jan 25, 2005

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    Aerial view taken from the flyover bridge. This picture is to show tourists if you want to ask me how many peoples are there on the festival day of Thaipusam. You can see it is roughly this many. Get ready your best camera to fight for the best shot, hahaha.

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    Thaipusam festival

    by l_joo Written Jan 24, 2005

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    Local Malaysian-Chinese already so much blended into this festival ritual to self perform on the day. This group is from Subang, I knew it from their printed yellow t-shirts. Back in my Penang days when a friend of mine also very much believe in Hindu rituals for good fortune. He told me he already book himself on the coming year's ritual. Asked why he want to do this, he explained he believe the Hindu Aangkong (Hindu God) has the power to make him success in his money making dream and also for sin cleansing purposes.

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    Thaipusam festival

    by l_joo Written Jan 24, 2005

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    Sometimes you wonder why so many foreign tourists busy taking photos but when you look at what is happening in this festive day, you get your answer why. The day was hot, some 33 Celsius average, wear shots with big hat or cap, sunglasses etc if you need to. I saw tourists taking non-stop photos, me too but occassionally I snap them for fun. Don't ask me how many peoples on this festive day, foreign tourists alone come to nearly thousand.

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    Thaipusam festival

    by l_joo Written Jan 24, 2005

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    This is Hindu's Thaipusam festival day at 25th of January 2005, its an annual festival for the belief of Hinduism, local Malaysian-Chinese and others. I build this tip on the same day 2 hours after taking 370 photos and build the tip immediately back home. The location of this festive performances took place at Batu Caves (pronounce Baa-too Caves). Batu is local Malaysia word while Caves is English, you can see Malaysia is a mix cultures country with name of places sharing both Malay and English. Please correct me if you think I wrote wrongly.

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    ...Photos With Stuart...

    by coceng Written Apr 16, 2004

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    On here, I shall put all the photos taken by me with my visiting British friend, Stuart.
    More sights around Batu Caves; Maybe sights that I missed from my previous photo collections on Batu Caves...
    Just enjoy the photos !
    Just for my memory, this last photo was taken using Stu's batteries 'cos my batteries had dried out...
    An amazing photo that is !

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    ...Photos With Stuart...

    by coceng Written Apr 16, 2004

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    On here, I shall put all the photos taken by me with my visiting British friend, Stuart.
    More sights around Batu Caves; Maybe sights that I missed from my previous photo collections on Batu Caves...
    Just enjoy the photos !

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    ...Photos With Stuart...

    by coceng Written Apr 16, 2004

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    On here, I shall put all the photos taken by me with my visiting British friend, Stuart.
    More sights around Batu Caves; Maybe sights that I missed from my previous photo collections on Batu Caves...
    Just enjoy the photos !

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    ...Photos With Stuart...

    by coceng Written Apr 16, 2004

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    On here, I shall put all the photos taken by me with my visiting British friend, Stuart.
    More sights around Batu Caves; Maybe sights that I missed from my previous photo collections on Batu Caves...
    Just enjoy the photos !

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