Gua Tempurung

Gopeng, Perak

Gua Tempurung
Gua Tempurung is one of Peninsular Malaysia's largest and most popular caves located in Gopeng, nestled inside Gunung Tempurung, a 500-meter high limestone hill 25km south of Ipoh. Centuries of limestone (calcite) minerals reacting with rainwater and erosion have created an amazing spectrum of speleotherms inside Gua Tempurung. The 2km passageway is rimmed with astounding stalactities, stalagmites, pools, flowstones and marble pillars of different shapes and size that spellbound locals and visitors. A small river also meanders through Gua Tempurung, sustaining an intricate ecosystem that include blind fish, insects, arthropod, bats and snakes.

The cave was first recorded in 1887 in early geographical maps of Perak state. A previous abundance of rubber trees around Gua Tempurung, also gave it the monicker of 'Gua Perah', or 'Rubber Fruit Cave'. The discovery of rich tin ore deposits lead to small mining activities until the War, when it became a refuge for locals fleeing Japanese oppression. Gua Tempurung was also used as a Communist hideout till 1960, their drawings and writings still evident on some cave walls today. In 1995, the cave was developed as a tourist attraction and opened to public two years later, with a visitor center and authorised guides offering caving tours of varying difficulty (and price). Gua Tempurung is open from 9am to 4pm daily/
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