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  1. Ipoh Remembered says:

    According to the writing on the back, this postcard dates back to 1930.

    There was a terrible incident at the Gunong Cheroh caves in the late 1920s. Three Hindu devotees were killed. Geologist John Scrivenor advised the Sanitary Board to remove the survivors, but his warning was ignored: the survivors refused to abandon their temple.

      • Ipoh Remembered says:

        Dear Barry

        Approximately 50,000 kilos of limestone cave collapsed, killing those three sleeping Hindus in the process. Nine or ten other devotees escaped.

        This was in January of 1927.

        We should remember that there was a marble quarry immediately adjacent, run by a private company licensed to use dynamite in its operations — and it had been blasting away for years.

        The John Scrivenor I mentioned was a prominent geologist employed by the government. His recommendation that the temples (there was a Chinese one there as well) be moved proved unworkable, but that stretch of Anderson Road between the old bridge and the quarry was closed for a while. Eventually the road was moved away from Gunong Cheroh, and so was the river — but that’s another story.

        • peter ng says:

          There was a huge rockfall in 1973. It was so huge that it was impractical to remove it at that time and was left as it is.

          • Ipoh Remembered says:

            Yes, and it was only after this 1973 incident, in which more than thirty were killed, that people were no longer allowed to live in the area. (I have a vague recollection that the survivors were not just evicted but were actually given new homes elsewhere.)

    • Ngai C O says:

      Hi Ipoh Remembered,

      Connecting the dots and dashes, Google “Kings of kachang putih” to find out more about the history of Gunong Cheroh and where the descendents of the occupants are.

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Apparently the residents are gone but the temples are still there.

    Regarding the Hindu temple, this morning I happened to see this article about a new peacock enclosure donated by a devotee:

    https://tinyurl.com/gc-cave-temples

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