A Visit to Alokarama and Seck Kia Eehn Temple in Malacca


Two student members, comprising Brother Hing Seng Huat of the Mandarin class and I from the English class, together with three devotees turned day trippers on Saturday, 25th February, to check out a centre for residential meditation retreat in Malacca. We roped in Bhante Raja, religious advisor of MV Dhamma Fellowship, who graciously accepted our invitation to evaluate Alokarama to be used for a Retreat venue.

We set off from Mangala Vihara at 7:00 am heading North in a 7-seater sedan.  The journey took about 4 hours with short breaks in between to freshen up and for the driver to take a rest.

Alokarama is an eco-holistic retreat centre located on a 22-acre orchard near Asahan in Tampin District at the South-Eastern corner of Negeri Sembilan and bordering the States of Johor and Malacca. Alokarama has been the host venue for healthy mind and body retreats and workshops. The centre is sponsored by a Philanthropist and the Aloka Foundation was completed in 2008 at the cost of 5 million Malaysian Ringgit. Venerable Mahinda and Sister Sumitra are the religious advisors to Alokarama who conducted many weekend short retreats and workshops there.

Main office block

Ladies dormitory with courtyard

The centre can accommodate about 150 participants with dormitory for 80 ladies with common sanitary amenities.  The dormitory for the men (Longhouse) is a distant away separated by footpath.

“Longhouse” Male dormitory flanked by kutis on both sides

Main meditation hall

Gazebo pavilion

The Stupa is unique with spiral footpath leading to the summit dedicated for walking meditation and a shrine atop is another spot for standing or sitting meditation.  A clear view of the misty peaks of Mount Ophir (Gunung Ledang) at the summit is enthralling.

Spiral footpath leading to summit of Stupa

Summit of Stupa with enthralling view of Mt Ophir in the background


Naga Pond view from gazebo with Stupa in the background


A big dining hall with attached kitchen at the back of the main office.  There is an octagonal shape Shrine Hall depicting the Noble Eight Fold Path. Other attractions and features are Naga Pond with a gazebo, Herb Garden, Eco Farm, Bodhi Trees and of course the orchard with tropical fruit trees like durian, papaya, dragon fruits, duku, sour sop, and others.

Dining hall


Paying reverence to the Bodhi Tree with the octagonal shape shine in the background


The cultivation of herbal plants with medicinal properties for prevention or cure for diabetes and cancer and edible plants for promoting health and well-being are holistic features and educational to visitors.


Herbal garden

Group picture under the shade of the Bodhi Tree

The centre with luxuriant greenery and the various amenities is suitable for youth camp activities. MVBT Youth Group could consider the venue at their next camp activities.  It will be good to go during fruiting seasons to enjoy the fruits, especially the king of the fruits. “They always take delight in food, both devas and human beings.  So what sort of spirit could be, that does not take delight in food?”  (Sayutta Nikăya – Sutta 1 Devatăsamyutta – Connected Discourses with Devatăs). Yeah, to be taken with a pinch of salt, of course.

Seck Kia Eenh Temple

 Since we were in Malacca we made a detour to visit Seck Kia Eehn Temple at 57 Jalan Gajah Bernang to rekindle the historical ties it had with Mangala Vihara in the early years.  Our late Bhante Mahaweera visited the temple and planted a Bodhi Tree sapling, taken from the tree at Mangala Vihara on 5th September 1956.

Main compound of Seck Kia Eehn Temple


The 56 years old Bodhi Tree is nested in a compound with a shrine and footpath for devotees to circumambulate while doing walking mediation or performing any devotional ceremony.

A shrine in the compound of the Bodhi Tree


Bhante Raja presented a copy of MBVT 50th Anniversary book to Rev Amugoda Seelalankara, resident monk from Sri Lanka.  The historical Bodhi Tree sapling planting event is chronicled on page 147.

Rev Amugoda Seelalankara conferring with Bhante Raja on page 147 of the book

An audience with Rev Amugoda Seelalankara


The temple has grown and expanded to include a six storey build across the road, the Wisma Seck Kia Eehn.  It has an auditorium and classrooms to conduct courses and promote activities.

The majestic Bodhi Tree was housed in an enclosed compound facing the gate. There is a Stupa and a Shrine at the spot flanked by two Sal Trees.

Wisma Seck Kia Eehn with Stupa on the right flanked by two Sal Trees and the Bodhi Tree compound on the left

Visiting the temple and seeing how big the Bodhi Tree has grown in sync with the expansion of the temple was nostalgic and gave us a feel of the legacy and reach of Mangala Vihara in faraway Malacca more than half a century ago.

Contributor:  Chin Kee Thou




One Comment:

  1. Corrigendum
    The correct caption to the last photography on Wisma Seck Kia Eehn should read as:
    “Wisma Seck Kia Eehn with Stupa on the left flanked by two Sal Trees and the Bodhi Tree compound on the right”.
    Regret for the inadvertence.

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