The Kek Look Tong Cave Temple is a tourist attraction situated in the natural and picturesque area of Gunung Rapat in the south of Ipoh – the capital of Perak state in west Malaysia. It is owned and managed by Kek Look Seah (a nonprofit organization).
Equipped by BeLOMO – Elikon 535 and Lomography Redscale 50-200XR, my husband and I went on an outing to Kek Lok Tong, a stalactites and stalagmite Cave Temple located in Gunung Rapat, Perak.
According to sources, the cave temple sits on a 12-acre site and was used as early as 1920 as a place of worship. In 1960, the cave became part of an iron mining site operated by the late Mr. Chooi Ah Kee. The mining operation used excavators to enlarge the cave entrance to allow lorry access through the cave to transport loads laden with iron ore. Mr. Chooi started clean-up of a small prayer section of the cave, originally named ‘Tien Hou Gong’.
In 1982, ‘Tien Hou Gong’ was handed over by the son of Mr. Chooi to a nonprofit charitable organization, Kek Look Seah and the cave temple was renamed ‘Kek Look Tong’. The committee of Kek Look Seah took on development of the cave by enlarging the cave as well as reclaiming the swampy area near the rear entrance using soil and earth from a nearby hillock. The floor of the cave has been filled and then paved into a flat surface while parts of the rough cave wall are lined with marble tiling. The impressive stalactites and stalagmite formations however were left alone.
The award winning landscape garden features a jogging path circling two lakes and one of the longest reflexology footpaths in Ipoh. Walking on the path provides acupressure massage and relief. Surrounded by natural scenery, blue skies, green flora and fauna, it is truly refreshing and definitely a great place for shooting.
The cave complex comprises of a central altar featuring a number of Buddhist figures as well as various deities of the Chinese pantheon.
Kek Look Tong is a unique and fascinating place not to be missed.