Visit the Batu Caves
The Batu Caves are located just outside of Kuala Lumpur and are one of Malaysia's top attractions. The limestone caves of this complex contain many Hindus shrines, and is one of only 10 Hindu temples in the world dedicated to the Hindu God Murugan. Murugan is particularly revered by Tamil Hindus, and the site is the focus of the Malaysian Hindu community's Thaipusam celebrations. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel (spear) so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. The entry to the limestone cave resembles that spear, and hence this spot's selection for the temple. The sprawling complex contains temples in two caves on the ground level, as well as the more spectacular limestone cave temples that await visitors following the 272-stair climb to the mouth of the caves' entrance. The major temples and their significance is explained in the virtual tour below, which is available both as a desktop tour and as an VR tour which permits viewing via a headset, such as Google Cardboard.

Virtual Traveler's VR Batu Caves Tour
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Virtual Reality Tour for VR Headsets
There is also a version of this tour that works with VR headsets (such as Google Cardboard) and it runs on both iPhones and Android phones. It may be accessed by scanning the QR code to the left. If you are viewing this on a smartphone, you may access the tour by clicking on this link.

For iOS devices: scan QR code with device camera app, tap on prompt to open Safari, select "allow device motion" and on the next prompt "allow access to motion orientation." Turn device to landscape mode and a split screen will appear. When the screen turns white, swipe up for fullscreen and place device in headset. Here is a video of how to do this--it is simpler than it sounds! [Video opens in a separate window-close window to return to page]

For Android devices: use the phone's camera to scan the QR code, and then select the tour you want to visit. Wait for the tour to load. Tour will appear in a split screen, and tap on the "X" and the bottom menu to go fullscreen. Turn the phone to portrait mode, place in headset and enjoy the tour. Here is a video on how to do it--it is simpler than it sounds! [Video opens in a separate window-close window to return to page]

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