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Monsopiad Cultural Village

Jalan Putatan Ramayah | Kampung Kuai Kandazon, Penampang, Kota Kinabalu 89507, Malaysia
+60 88-734 657
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My visit very wonderful and nice holiday,I hope I can come next time and bring all family.this... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Vivian T
via mobile
great sabah native cultural experience

great place to visit to learn about Kadazan headhunters and Kadazan culture of Sabah, nice... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
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Monsopiad Heritage Village is a traditional village with historical site in the heartland of the Kadazandusun people and it is the only cultural village in Sabah built to commemorates the life and time of the legendary Kadazan and head-hunter warrior "Monsopiad". The direct descendants of Monsopiad, his 6th and 7th generations have build the village on the very land where Monsopiad lived and roamed some three centuries ago to remember their forefather, and to give you an extraordinary insight into their ancient and rich culture. Take a step back into the past, to the days of head hunting and spirit worshipping, when the Bobohizan (High Priestess of the Kadazandusun), ruled the villages and took care of health and spiritual well-being of their people. More than just a Museum, the concept of the Monsopiad Heritage Village is to document, revive and preserve the cultures and traditions, as well as the beliefs of the Kadazandusun people. Monsopiad Heritage Village is privately owned and managed by his direct descendants. Your visit at Monsopiad Heritage Village contribute directly to the conservation of one Malaysia's rich Cultural heritages and traditions.
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“cultural show” (11 reviews)
“head hunting” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Jalan Putatan Ramayah | Kampung Kuai Kandazon, Penampang, Kota Kinabalu 89507, Malaysia
+60 88-734 657
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

My visit very wonderful and nice holiday,I hope I can come next time and bring all family.this place have a nice food and nice .The services very fantastic and the staff was very friendly.we hope next time can spent more time again.Thankfully for all staff...More

Thank Vivian T
Reviewed 14 August 2017

great place to visit to learn about Kadazan headhunters and Kadazan culture of Sabah, nice traditional homes where you can see how the kadazan live, their lifestyle, and the food, their beliefs, dances and their costumes too

1  Thank Sudhir_Rajagopal
Reviewed 27 July 2017

The tour guides were great and informative. Learnt a lot about history about Monsopiad and the local culture. The cultural part of the show was fun.

Thank ancar69
Reviewed 17 July 2017

There's not a much to see there and expensive fees. But, there's a house with skulls hanging on the ceiling and several weapons used by Monsopiad long time ago. I did try the blow dart and spears, and watching the local people weavings.

1  Thank Ferigrina C
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Consists of a few tatty huts, very tiny car park. Well. Off the beaten track and hard to find. Not much to see and costs extra for a guide.

Thank Pedromot
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Went to the village more than five years ago with very good memory. Revisited again recently. Very disappointed. Whole place is quite rundown and a lot of the previous activities are cancelled. Don't waste your time and money here.

2  Thank Traveldoc57
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit. Didn't go with expectations. Found the people genuinely keen to share their history and interested in NZ's Maori cultural similarities. Remarkable to be there! Such interesting people. It was a real pleasure to be shown around, privilege to go inside the...More

Thank Avalight
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Kota Kinabalu is more of a gateway to travelling elsewhere. The clock is not so interesting but you will certainly see it while in the city. You don't need to make a special effort to visit the clock. In fact, we could even see it...More

1  Thank Sarah K
ezra_o85, Owner at Monsopiad Cultural Village, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2017

Dear Sarah K, Kopivosian (Greeting), First of all, thank you for taking your time to review our Tripadvisor. We guess, you have mistakenly reviewed about Atkinson Clock Tower at Kota Kinabalu and post it at our Heritage Village tripadvisor. No worries! :) Atkinson Clock Tower...More

Reviewed 12 March 2017

This is a fun attraction. Most tourists go to Mari Mari culture village which is good and a compilation of put together villages. The Monsopiad is the original tribal area. The house of skulls is real. There is not a lot other to see there....More

Thank Dwain I
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Great cultural experience. Main attraction there is the house of skulls. 42 real human skulls, lined up on the top of the room. Signifies a person's strength and power back in the days when the kadazans still practice head hunting. Great explanation by the guide...More

Thank Law E
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12 March 2017|
Response from ezra_o85 | Property representative |
Kopivosian (Hello), Our entrance fee is RM35.00 for Malaysian and RM45.00 for International. These include Guided Tour & Activities! :)
8 May 2016|
Response from Sasha S |
I would suggest Monsopiad Heritage Village since its been up for about 20 years now...the history on Monsopiad the Kadazan head hunter is very very interesting and you get to see the real skulls that Monsopiad beheaded 300... More