Forge a deeper understanding of the native tribes and their culture on this cultural tour to the Monsopiad Cultural Village.
One of Sabah’s largest ethnic communities is the Kadazan-Dusun tribe. In the olden days when these skilled warriors used to practice headhunting, one particular warrior was regarded as especially fierce and heroic. To this day the legend of Monsopiad lives on. His direct descendants have established the cultural village as a way of honouring his memory and holding on to their tradition. The village also serves to educate visitors about the Kadazandusun culture. This is a private project that does not receive any funding from the government and relies on public support instead. The entrance fees are used for the management and maintenance of the site.
What makes this a historical location is the fact that the traditional houses are all built on the very same land that Monsopiad once roamed on. You will learn about why headhunting was essential to the tribe and the story behind it. Aside from getting enthralled by countless folklores and myths told by the locals, there are many other activities to fill your time; like taking part in a blow-piping session and tapping into your rhythmic side as you learn about Kadazandusun traditional dances and instrumental music.
Your adventure begins with a 20-minute drive to Kampung Kuai, a scenic village located on the banks of Penampang River amidst shady trees and paddy fields. Once there, tour the House of Skulls (a fascinating exhibition of Monsopiad’s 42 skull ‘trophies’ dating back two centuries ago) and a thigh bone said to be of the giant Gantang. You may also participate in traditional games, peruse various handicrafts at the souvenir shop and perhaps taste some local rice wine—called 'tuak' in the native language. Also, there will be a cultural dance show which guests are more than welcome to take part in. Once the tour ends, you will be transported back to your hotel.