Gua Matsoorat Soon to Be the 19th Geosite in Perak

Gua Matsoorat will soon be the 19th geosite under the Kinta Valley Geopark and an addition to tourism products in the state.

According to the Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi, Ipoh City Council’s (MBI) target of making Gua Matsoorat the 19th geosite is a smart and accurate decision.

“Gua Matsoorat, which is located near Gunung Lang, is a natural limestone landscape strategic for geotourism activities, besides having the potential of being a site for geological studies.

“The state government welcomes the effort to make Gua Matsoorat a geosite and a tourism product. However, safety aspects need to be taken seriously, as done by the Mineral and Geoscience Department Malaysia (JMG) Perak, to identify mapping, characterisation and rating, alongside limestone hill safety research of Gua Matsoorat.

“A few archaeological sources have been found, such as ancient drawings and fossilised remains, which can be made tourist attractions in this cave. Agencies involved will be performing further studies such as dating and conservation techniques to protect and assess these historic artifacts.”

She said so in a media statement dated today (February 24).

Geosites listed under the Kinta Valley Geopark as of this moment are:

  1. Tambun Cave, Gunung Panjang
  2. Gunung Datok
  3. Gunung Rapat (parts of the hill are geosites such as Kek Lok Tong and Sam Poh Tong)
  4. Lata Ulu Chepor
  5. Gunung Kanthan
  6. Gunung Lang
  7. Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve
  8. Gunung Tasek
  9. Lubuk Timah Hot Spring
  10. Naga Mas Cave
  11. Sungai Chelik Waterfall
  12. Jeram Papan
  13. Gua Kandu
  14. Tempurung Cave
  15. Jeram Sungai Kampar
  16. Sungai Salu Waterfall
  17. Batu Berangkai Waterfall
  18. Gunung Korbu


Rosli Mansor


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