Kek Look Tong 极乐洞 (part 1 of 3)
Kek Look Tong could be one the more impressive cave temple in Ipoh (Kinta Valley).
It situated inside the residential area of Gunung Rapat, a small detour from Gopeng Road.
The garden behind the temple is surrounded by hills and has a nice pond (used to be mining lake).
You are welcome by the less ‘defaced’ limestone cave temple. This cliff was right beside the car park.
Unlike some of the caves like Perak Tong and Sam Poh Tong, most of the lower part of the cave surface has been plastered so that painting could be drawn on the surfaces. I am glad that Kek Look Tong keeps the stone surfaces in their natural state.
A few steps lead you to a big opening cave, with more connecting caves.
The view from the ‘backyard’ garden is more green and natural. The cave entrance is visible on the lower left of the limestone hill.
Both the limestone cliff outside the temple and the stalactite and stalagmite growing (still growing) inside the caves are really marvel of geological artworks.
One could like lots of flora and fauna living in the cave ecosystems, from insects to monkeys, from tiny plants to towering trees. See how this determining tree hanging strong to the bare cliff surface of the limestone hill.
The magic of Kek Look Tong is within its caves, let’s explore the interesting limestone formations.