Heritage of Malaysia


Malaysia, with a total area of 329,750 sq km is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multilingual and a multi-racial society with various spectacular places which also qualify to be called the heritage sites of Malaysia.

The world famous World Heritage list in Malaysia consists of the following:

•  Gunung Mulu National Park

•  Kinabalu Park

•  Poring Hotspring


Gunung Mulu National Park

It is situated in Sarawak on the island of Borneo in Malaysia, the Gunung Mulu National Park includes incredible caves and karst formations in a mountainous equatorial rainforest setting. Renowned for its high biodiversity, it's the most studied tropical karst area in the world. The national park of 52,864 hector is named after Mount Mulu. It surrounded by seventeen vegetation zones, exhibiting some 3,500 species of vascular plants, assorted rich palm species with 109 species in twenty different verities are also found. The park is dominated by Gunung Mulu , a high sandstone pinnacle of 2,377 meters and at least 295 km of explored caves providing a spectacular sight that is home to millions of cave swift lets and bats. One of the famous world heritage sites of Malaysia, the park has the worlds largest and biggest natural enclosed space, a cave chamber known as the Sarawak chamber.

Kinabalu Park

It is also known by Taman Negara Kinabalu at west coast of Sabah on the northern end of the island of Borneo was established the first national parks of Malaysia in 1964 . This botanical site is blessed with astonishing array of flora and fauna that ranges over four climatic zones, from rich lowland forest through the montane oak, rhododendron, to the alpine meadow plants, to the coniferous forests, and to the stunted bushes of summit zone. The park is also famous for its many carnivorous plant and orchid species, most notably Nepenthes rajah. It's also home to a huge number of endemic animal species, including the Kinabalu Giant Red Leech and Kinabalu Giant Earthworm. Designated as a Centre of Plant Diversity for South-east Asia, the UNESCO in December 2000 declared it one of Malaysia's World Heritage Site.

Poring Hotspring

It is situated 40 km north-east of the Kinabalu Park Headquarters , 'Poring' is a 'Kadazandusun' word for the bamboo species growing in the area. With its plentiful hidden treasures, the hot spring is well known for its therapeutic and soothing baths that contain sulphuric minerals which is said to take away sores and aches of the muscles. It's quite popular, especially with people who have just returned from the strenuous climb from Mount Kinabalu.

 

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