Travelogue

Kek Look Tong – impressive limestone caves (part 3 of 3)

Kinta Valley is famous for tin cores and limestone. One accessible place to view the magical works of nature in the form of limestone sculpture is the free visit to Kek Look Temple.

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Most of the caves in Kinta Valley are around 250 to 350 million years old.

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The towering Stalactite (grows from the ceiling) and stalagmite (grows from the floor). When they meets after million years of water dripping, column of pillars are formed. You can see the silhouette on the right.

One could spend 1-2 hours just admiring the wonders of nature in inside the ‘not so large’ caves.

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I am surprised to see flowstone inside the cave (and too bad that the temple management does not shine any lights to bring out its beauty).

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Some of these part of the cave are very dim. We did not plan to visit caves today, thus I did not bring any tripod or proper gears. Please bear with me on the image quality as the picture were taken hand held with little light.

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It reminded me of Antelope Canyon and Petra, with some light from ceiling and curving walls.

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One could see many band of lines, about few mm apart.

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Some looks ‘rusty’’ due to the iron oxide.

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On one of the very dim surface, I used the Olympus dramatic art filter in the camera to bring out the contour of the surface. It was like a oil painting.

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Some parts of the surface look like the surface of mars.

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The flowing water over millions of years created the fish scale effect on this stone surface.

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This big piece of rock looks like a wave, which in fact is a beginning of the drapery curtain that will be formed if you visit after 10 million years.

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When I looked up to the top of the cave, a pair of giant eyes (the eye socket is about 1 meter wide) is staring at me. It looks like the eyes of the famous painting "The Scream” by artist Edvard Munch.

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It is fun to explore and imagine the formations look alike some object. Could you see the head of the monster on the lower left corner in the picture above? Round head, with 2 eyes and sharp teeth. Cute looking monster.

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The caves inside Kek Look Tong are not complex cave system but it is filled with beautiful limestone formations. If you like to visit a cave without the need of head lamp, Kek Look Tong could be a good option, it is only 5km from Ipoh town.

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2 responses

  1. Thailand Island

    Hi there! This article couldn’t be written much better! Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I will forward this information to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

    May 31, 2013 at 1:24 am

  2. Bangkok Tour

    This is a great tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Simple but very accurate information… Many thanks for sharing this one.

    A must read post!

    June 11, 2013 at 9:10 am

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