Real Underground Kingdom That Has Existed for Millions of Years Went Unnoticed, Until Recently...
28 Stunning Photos Of The World’s Largest Cave
Real Underground Kingdom That Has Existed for Millions of Years Went Unnoticed, Until Recently...
By Kid Krunk / m.atchuup.com
Aug 2, 2016

In 1991, Ho Khanh, a local farmer was out gathering wood in the dense jungle of Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, when he stumbled upon an enormous cave entrance. The roar of a rushing stream and the whistling sound of wind in the cave can be heard through the entrance located in a limestone cliff.

According to Khanh, it “felt like something from the underworld.” He soon forgot the cave’s location until he met British spelunkers exploring the area, some 20 years later. He began looking for the cave entrance again, which he found in 2008. The following year, he led an international team of scientists from the British Cave Research Association, led by Howard and Deb Limbert, in exploring what is now known as Son Doong Cave, the largest cave in the world.

Below are 28 stunning photos that capture the cave’s surreal, massive beauty. Enjoy!

The name “Son Doong” cave means “mountain river cave.”

son doong cave 11

John Spies on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 10

Hang Son Doong skyhole, John Spies on 500px │ via HuffPost

It is a solutional cave located in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Bo Trạch District, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam.

son doong cave 3

Ryan Deboodt on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 22

Garden of Edam, Ryan Deboodt on 500px │ via HuffPost

As of 2009, Son Doong is the biggest known cave in the world.

son doong cave 14

Ryan Deboodt on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 13

John Spies on 500px │ via HuffPost

Son Doong was created 2-5 million years ago by river water eroding away the limestone underneath the mountain.

son doong cave 12

Ryan Deboodt on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 5

Partick Murray on 500px │ via HuffPost

A part of the ceiling, where the limestone was weak, collapsed and created huge skylights.

son doong cave 28

Watch out for sunbeams, Ryan Deboodt on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 8

Standing in the light, Mike Rowbottom on 500px │ via HuffPost

The cave is over 5.5 miles long. It has a jungle and river, and could fit a 40-story skyscraper within its walls.

son doong cave 7

Dinh Anh Cuong Nguyen on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 15

Underground river, Ryan Deboodt on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 27

Ryan Deboodt on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 4

Underground forest, John Spies on 500px │ via HuffPost

The first expedition (from 10 to 14 April 2009) into Son Doong Cave was stopped by a 200-meter high calcite wall that the spelunkers dubbed the “Great Wall of Vietnam.”

son doong cave 17

Approaching camp one, John Spies on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 23

The depths of Son Doong, Mike Rowbottom on 500px │ via HuffPost

The following year, a team successfully traversed the rock wall and were able to reach the end of the cave’s wall, officially determining Son Doong to be largest in the world.

son doong cave 26

Mike Rowbottom on 500px │ via HuffPost

The biggest chamber of Son Doong is more than 3.1 miles long, 660 ft high, and 490 ft wide.

son doong cave 24

John Spies on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 19

John Spies on 500px │ via HuffPost

The cave is also home to some of the world’s tallest stalagmites which tower 260 ft in the air, and limestone “cave pearls” (the size of baseballs) can be found on the cave floor.

son doong cave 9

The world’s tallest stalagmite, John Spies on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 6

Otherworldly waterfall, Ryan Deboodt on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 21

John Spies on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 16

John Spies on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 18

Ryan Deboodt on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 2

Camp in Hang Son Doong, Ryan Deboodt on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 20

Land from another time, Quinton Wall on 500px │ via HuffPost

son doong cave 25

Cave climate, John Spies on 500px │ via HuffPost

4.6 ·
4
Trending Today
Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul
4 min · 10,534 views today · "The world is missing what I am ready to give: My Wisdom, My Sweetness, My Love and My hunger for Peace." "Where are you? Where are you, little girl with broken wings but full...
The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use to Change the World
Films For Action · 3,346 views today · A more beautiful, just and sustainable world is possible. Take this library and use it to inspire global change!
PROPAGANDA (2012)
95 min · 3,109 views today · Since it mysteriously appeared on YouTube on July 18, 2012, ‘Propaganda’ has been described as ‘1984 meets The Blair Witch Project’, ‘A mouthful of scary porridge’, and ‘Even...
The Science Behind Connection
9 min · 2,574 views today · Evolutionary Biologist, Bruce Lipton, visits the Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh, India with UPLIFT writer, Jacob Devaney. Making a pilgrimage back to one of the epicenters of...
Life Goes On: A Positive and Uplifting Response to Dark Times
2 min · 1,941 views today · Recent world events have a lot of people feeling fearful and angry. But there is much more good than bad in this world, and I choose to remain hopeful. This video explains why.
John Lennon's "Imagine," Made Into a Comic Strip
John Lennon. Art by Pablo Stanley · 1,913 views today · This is easily the best comic strip ever made.  Pabl
Obama's Hidden Role in Worsening Climate Change
Stansfield Smith · 782 views today · It should be a scandal that leftists-liberals paint Trump as a special threat, a war mongerer – not Obama who is the first president to be at war everyday of his eight years...
"Desert Goddess" Remembers Arizona's Glen Canyon
7 min · 598 views today · In this excerpt from the award-winning documentary DamNation, filmmakers Ben Knight and Travis Rummel interview the "desert goddess," Katie Lee. When the Glen Canyon Dam was...
Dinosaur explains Trump policies better than Trump!
8 min · 454 views today · Donald Trump is actually the corporate triceratops, Mr. Richfield, from the 90's TV show sitcom, "Dinosaurs". 
How Mindfulness Empowers Us
2 min · 357 views today · Many traditions speak of the opposing forces within us, vying for our attention. Native American stories speak of two wolves, the angry wolf and the loving wolf, who both live...
Stunning Photos By Alexander Semenov Showcase The Alien Beauty Of Jellyfish
Earth Porm · 325 views today · Jellyfish appear like beautiful aliens in Alexander Semenov’s photography, calling a new attraction to a magical species of marine life. Alexander Semenov is a marine...
18 Empowering Illustrations to Remind Everyone Who's Really in Charge of Women's Bodies
Julianne Ross · 313 views today · When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would...
Make The Serengeti Great Again | Resource Scarcity, Demagogues and How Creativity Can Trump Hate (2017)
5 min · 312 views today · A Familiar Tale of Resource Scarcity, Demagogues, and How Creativity Can Trump Hate A quick, original, illustrated allegory that pokes at the demagogues we’ve got with an...
Defiance in the Face of Oppression - Iranian Artist Atena Farghadani Defends the Right to Draw
Gavin Aung Than · 260 views today · Atena Farghadani is a 28-year-old Iranian artist. She was recently sentenced to 12 years and 9 months in prison for drawing a cartoon.  
This Zen Comic Is Full of Timeless Life Lessons
Gavin Aung Than · 255 views today · Desiderata poem by Max Ehrmann beautifully illustrated by Gavin Aung Than
Why It's Crucial for Women to Heal the Mother Wound
Bethany Webster · 229 views today · The issue at the core of women’s empowerment is the mother wound
Money & Life (2013)
86 min · 210 views today · Money & Life is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous...
HUMAN (2015)
382 min · 209 views today · What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The quest for discovery?  Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist...
The White Man in That Photo
Riccardo Gazzaniga · 200 views today · Sometimes photographs deceive. Take this one, for example. It represents John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s rebellious gesture the day they won medals for the 200 meters at the...
Deconstructing Hierarchies: On Contrived Leadership and Arbitrary Positions of Power
Colin Jenkins · 194 views today · Bosses don't grow on trees. They don't magically appear at your job. They aren't born into their roles. They are created. They are manufactured to fulfill arbitrary positions...
Load More
What's Next
Like us on Facebook?
Real Underground Kingdom That Has Existed for Millions of Years Went Unnoticed, Until Recently...