Monsopiad Cultural Village, Kota Kinabalu

Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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3.4/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
Step back to a time of headhunting and spirit worship at Monsopiad Cultural Village, dedicated to the legendary headhunter Monsopiad. Traditional materials were used to build the village, which features a suspension bridge and a structure housing 42 heads taken by Monsopiad. Engage in traditional cooking and music lessons, and watch traditional performances. Make Monsopiad Cultural Village a centerpiece of your Kota Kinabalu vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kota Kinabalu itinerary maker.
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  • 沙巴是多種族的一個州, 所以就充滿各族文化的色彩, 蒙索畢悅文化村是在蒙索比悅的故居古愛村, 故居內的四十二顆人頭有點嚇人. 
  • Pros. Is close enough from Kata. Good organization. Suitable for visiting with children. Cons. A lot of people: a group of rather large and occasionally intersect. It is a tourist destination, mainly for entertainment. The "village" consists of several wooden houses, belonging to various ethnic groups of Sabah and Sarawak. The houses are some utensils. Between exploring the houses offer tourists a taste of the local moonshine and bražku (casual). Next, according to the plan-"dance of the nationalities. And finally-lunch. Summary. Not boring, not prolonged, but somehow superficially (real fans of Ethnography of the Sabah Museum is worth a visit, especially the Park next to it).
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  • 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 kadaza...  read more »
  • Very nice little village where you can learn about the earlier live on the island. We had a fantastic tour guide and a lot of fun making fire, tasting risewine and eating instects.
  • This place allows you to understand the way of the native people of Borneo. The rice wine is a must try. Do wear long sleeve or get your mosquito repellent before visiting.
  • The mystical Sabah you have to see in Penampang” Here is my review about Monsopiad Cultural Village which I visited in the end of August 2012. I traveled to Kota Kinabalu in August 2012 and never regretted that I finally did it. I had a great trip that will last in my memories. I visited many interesting spots including Monsopiad Cultural Village. Actually this place was not in my list when deciding to hava vacation in KK. I just put Monsopiad as part of my travel itinerary in Sabah after meeting a local who recommended it as a place one must see. To make it short, I asked the hotel receptionist how to go there and found that place is quite far from the city. It is in Penampang where most Kadazan-Dusun people live. However, it can be accessed by mini bus from terminal Wawasan. It is far much cheaper than hiring taxi or renting a car. You just need to go to terminal Wawasan and take mini bus with signboard written Penampang. You only need to pay RM 3 or just USD 1 for that bus. Afterwards, you have to get off in the Penampang terminal which is next to to Dongguan market. From here, you have to take a mini van to Monsopiad. However, at that time of my visited, a local guy offered me a ride so I didn't use the mini van. The guy told me that not many public transportations go to Monsopiad , so the best way is to hire cab. Otherwise you will need to wait long, more than an hour. The guy dropped me in Monsopiad . I arrived there too early at 08.30 am. The village opens at 09.00 am. To enter the village, you need to pay RM 75 for foreigners. For local, it is much cheaper. The price is to cover the guide fee, the show and the drinks. It is worth visiting because you will know better about the traditional life of Kadazan-Dusun people. Also you will have a chance to see the 42 skulls stored in Monsopiad house. Monsopiad is an excellent fighter who defended his village from criminals who had terrorized his village. he hunted down the criminals and killed them. As trophies, Monsopiad brought back their heads and hang them on the roof of his house which is located next to the Monsopiad entry gate. If you have time, after visiting Monsopiad Cultural Village, you can continue your journey to Dongguan Market to buy souvenirs (much cheaper than those sold in Monsopiad Village). Also, you can try some local food in some cafes in Dongguan. I recommended you to try the local noodle with meatballs and beef chunks. PS: Previously I wrote the same review in tripadvisor
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