Langkawi Geopark :

Langkawi Geopark

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Kilim Geoforest Park
Kilim Geoforest Park

Kilim Geoforest Park
Ancient Rocks at Kilim Geoforest Park

Kilim Geoforest Park
A Cave found at the Geoforest

Langkawi Geopark is the 52nd Geopark under UNESCO Global Geoparks Network and managed by the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA). Langkawi Geopark has been established on 31st May 2006 and endorsed by the Prime Minister on 6th October 2006.

The whole 104 islands of Langkawi represents Langkawi Geopark. Langkawi is a group of islands that showcases the oldest rock formation in the region (Gunung Machinchang - 550 million years). Every part of the islands – be the rock structure, tropical forest and even the villages form part of Langkawi Geopark. For over 35 years, the islands which are part of the Gondwana Range have been explored and studied by geologists.

Langkawi Geopark comprises the whole of Langkawi and invariably includes other facets such as the culture, folklore, history and the infrastructural development of the place. Within this context, the Geopark concept also emphasizes the aspects of environmental conservation for tourism purposes. Currently, Langkawi is the first Geopark in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

What is a Geopark?

The word ‘geo’ is related to knowledge about earth. Geology is the study of rocks, its formation and history; its composition, structure and the landscapes that it produces due to the natural weathering and evolution of our earth. Geopark has a much wider meaning. It refers to an area, either big or small which has significant elements of interesting rock formation, rock types and history, as well as unique and enchanting landscapes. It attracts the interest of geologists as well as incites interest amongst the general public. A geopark also has geology of heritage value or natural beauty that can be appreciated and should be safeguarded by all. It also includes biodiversity – fauna and flora; and activities and participation of the locals.

There are 3 Geoforest Parks within Langkawi Geopark

1. Machinchang Geoforest Park - Cambria age (450-550 million years old). Oldest rocks and historical proof that it is the birth place of Malaysia and South East Asia.
2. Kilim Geoforest Park – Tropical island Karst landscape (limestone), unique and amongst the most beautiful in the world.
3. Dayang Bunting Marble – showcasing the most marvelous marbles formation, the finest in the world. Dayang Bunting lake started off as a cave, a doline formation.

Highlights of Langkawi Geopark

1. First geopark with a duty free status.
2. First geopark that encompasses 104 beautiful islands.
3. Birthplace of Malaysia and South East Asia, 550 million years ago, the Machinchang Cambrian.
4. Wholesome nature package, geology and biodiversity – unique and prominent.
5. Permanent forest reserves already exist in Langkawi, elements of conservation area already in place.
6. More than 90 geosites has been identified to have high heritage value.
7. Prominent Karst geomorphology landscape, sea arches, sea stacks, fossils, glacial drop stones, waterfalls, ancient seabed etc.
8. Legends and myths add mystery and colors to the local culture, which also an added important feature of Langkawi Geopark.
9. Culture and the socioeconomic represent added attractions in Langkawi Geopark.

Source: Langkawi Development Authority There are many more to be discovered. Go there to learn about our natural heritage.

How to go to Langkawi Geopark

You can fly from most cities to Langkawi Island. Alternatively, you can take ferry from Satun, Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis and Penang to Langkawi. From the Kuah Jetty, you can hire a car or take a taxi to Kilim Geoforest jetty at Kampung Kilim or the jetty at Tanjung Rhu. There are many tourist boats waiting to ferry tourists to the Geoforest park.

Updated on 2nd April 2008

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i like Langkawi Geopark and i like people hire.but i don't like taxi service.because there very-very i thing we are like going to Pinang Or Onather Island in this world,you know why?you are Langkawi people must to thing and can do something for future.jont from Arab and i still my scond home at Kuala Lumpur.
mr jond travota
5 July 08

the nature of kilim was unclear cause many oil splitting off by unskilled motorboat owners. Really by misbehave owners of boatsmen.
drs zulkefli shahadan
1 Nov 09

Kilim estuary really enormous magnificient enclave with natural atmosphere. greatly with gagantic mangroves and and rarely animals. Just call me 0195695416 DRS Zulkefli shahadan for more information as the local Kilim. Welcome to Kilim GeoPark
12 Oct 10

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