Expecting a boring historical lesson delivered by a few slideshow presentations, I was amazed at what Mari Mari Cultural Village in Sabah has achieved.

Located deep in the countryside about 25 minutes from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city, the village operates as more than just a museum that preserves Borneo ethnic culture.

In its aims to share the knowledge, history, culture, and tradition of Borneo so that it is not forgotten, it offers the chance to immerse yourself into a world so interesting and unique, you want to learn more.

Acting like a true working village as it would be, the village gives you the opportunity to see and experience the culture and lifestyle of how the indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo used to live, prior to the development that has taken over today.

The village features 5 different ethnic tribes in one village. They are the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunters and fisherman Lundayeh, the cowboy and sea gypsey Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe Murut.

As you make your way around the village you not only see the way these tribes existed, but you enjoy a hands on experience which gives the opportunity to participate and experience the food, drink and even hunting techniques of the Murut blowpipe weapon.

As friendly in-house guides take you into a world of their descendants, they are more than happy to share stories with you of how their great ancestors used to live and what their spiritual beliefs living in the jungle were.

In doing so, you will be supporting in preserving culture and tradition so that it will not be forgotten. Culture and tradition is slowly fading away, not many rural natives still live in this type of condition, therefore it is an honor for the locals that live nearby to preserve and showcase their ancestors’ culture to you. In addition to this, every dollar you spend at Mari Mari Village goes back towards helping the local native people preserve their ancestor’s culture and tradition.

Need to know : Mari Mari Cultural Village

Location

Mari Mari Cultural Village is located in Kionsom, Inanam which is 1 1/2 hour drive from Kota Kinabalu city into the rural area of Sabah.

Price

Adult : MYR 160/person

Child : MYR 140/person

Contact

013 – 881 4921 (Ednah)

019 – 820 4921 (Watie)

 

Mari Mari Cultural Village Bajau

Mari Mari Cultural Village Cooking

Mari Mari Cultural Village Inside

Mari Mari Cultural Village Lundayeh

Mari Mari Cultural Village Room

Mari Mari Cultural Village Skulls

Mari Mari Cultural Village Tribesman

Mari Mari Cultural Village

Kate Webster is a travel journalist – travel writer and photographer who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography. A passion of the ocean has lead Kate to be a part of Global Surf Sounds, as she continues to mix her love of travel and writing to now include surfing. When she’s not bouncing around the world on ramshackle buses, overcrowded trains, or on the back of a rickshaw, you can find her based in Sydney or the Gold Coast, Australia eagerly planning her next adventure.

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