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Monsopiad Cultural Village

Kampung Kuai Kandazon | Penampang, Kota Kinabalu 89507, Malaysia
+60 11-1419 6488
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Disappointing visit

Went to the village more than five years ago with very good memory. Revisited again recently. Very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
via mobile
Off thee track and real

Really enjoyed our visit. Didn't go with expectations. Found the people genuinely keen to share... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2017
Christchurch, 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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  • Average24%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible4%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Kampung Kuai Kandazon | Penampang, Kota Kinabalu 89507, Malaysia
+60 11-1419 6488
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

1  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
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We visited on the spur of the moment in time for the noon show. Very good with audience participation and a cup of tea. Taken to the house of skulls,tried our hand at blow pipes and slingshot and learnt all about the village and traditions...More

2  Thank Willatts
Reviewed 28 August 2016

This is the place to hear and see the Monsopiad Warrior. You can hear the story of the Monsopiad, see the House of Skull (where the hang the skulls of their enemies). Also you can see how they live in tradtionional way. You could try...More

2  Thank MartinLeman
Reviewed 14 August 2016

On the positive side: Considering that this Village is very basic it still provided an overview of village life. The young people employed here were willing to share the history & explain traditional ways of life. We enjoyed the traditional dancing which was very colourful...More

2  Thank travella2016
Reviewed 13 June 2016

The idea of this village is good but certainly not enough about Monsopiad himself. The village is very similar to Mari Mari Cultural Village, which is far superior and much more worth the time and cost I felt that my time was wasted here because...More

2  Thank Reymondoz
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Went to experience the culture of borneo which i did although the experience could have been better. The entrance fee should be more reasonable and more parking spots are needed

2  Thank marilyne2375
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how about the price
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! :)
I will be in Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia in 3 weeks time and would like to visit a cultural village - should I visit Mari Mari Cultural Village OR Monsopiad Cultural Village? OR is there yet another which is better?
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