𝗣𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗴 𝗛𝗶𝗱𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗚𝗲𝗺𝘀 𝗘𝘅𝗰𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲❗
𝘼 𝘾𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖 𝙏𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙍𝙪𝙞𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝙅𝙪𝙧𝙪 - 𝘼 𝙃𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖'𝙨 𝙁𝙞𝙛𝙩𝙝 𝙍𝙖𝙣𝙠𝙚𝙙 𝙈𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧
Located at the fringe of Juru's forest, the Cave of Wang Qihua (or Ong Khi Wah) awaits those who are brave enough to explore it. There are no roads -- just a faint trail -- leading us to this site.
The cave (which is actually a gentle nook between two colliding boulders) was the secret hideout spot of a Chinese fifth rank minister named Wang Qihua (Ong Khi Wah) who fled to Juru to escape prosecution in China sometime in the 1800.
Wang is believed to have hidden here for 10 years, before he passed away.
At this time, there is little documented history about this fifth ranked minister for us to go on. The discovery of the site was reported in a local Chinese newspaper in 1986, then in a blog in 2012. Then, it was forgotten until Rakan BM took the initiative to search for it.
We were greeted with what looks like a half-finished magnificent temple, which was left to the elements but still equally enchanting.
Inscriptions on stones can be found here, which basically explained Wang's origin and his position as a minister in China during Qing(?) dynasty. Another stone is written as a poem to indicate his current situation and his home town "fung lai" in China.
The cave is currently filled with idols for fortune-seeking devotees. A caretaker warned us to watch our tongue and not speak of ill things.
The top of the cave unravels verdant scenery under a majestic banyan tree.
Thanks to Rakan BM and Tour at George Town for discovering and sharing this secret spot with Penang Hidden Gems. We were told that the search for this site took them to hike Bukit Juru, only to be informed it wasn't located on the hilltop but rather at the fringe of the jungle.