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Mari Mari Cultural Village, Sabah


Mari Mari Cultural Village is located deep in the countryside away from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city. The village is a 30 to 40 minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu city. This museum is located deep in the jungle. It is a reconstruction of the houses of each of the five indigenous tribes of Sabah where it gives you a walk through the history, culture, tradition and provides a good understanding of the tribes of Sabah. The five tribes as mentioned are the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunters and fisherman Lundayeh, the cowboy and sea gypsy Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe of Murut. It aims to share the knowledge, history, culture, and tradition of Borneo with you. Other than that, this museum is not only to preserve their ancestors’ tradition but they perform dances to give the best authentic experience for you so that you feel like you are brought back in history.


There are 3 sessions for the tour around the village which is at 10 a.m., afternoon session at 2 p.m. and evening session at 6 p.m. There will be a walking tour of the village by a guide who walks you through the area. You will get the opportunity to explore the lifestyle of how the indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo used to live back in the olden days when electricity had not yet discovered. You will be guided to each different tribe houses and learn about their different lifestyle, culture, and history. Each tribe will demonstrate on how they hunt and make fire. Basically, you will see how they live their lives in the old days. However, you also will get a first-hand experience to live their lifestyle. They will teach you to light a fire with a bamboo stick, will treat you to local food, which includes delicacies such as sago worms with rice wine. You will learn how to shoot from an air weapon such as bamboo with arrows. Not to forget, there are also food demonstrations. You will have a chance to try the drinks they used to make such as ginger tea.


Why is it a “must place to visit” when you are in Sabah? Culture and tradition is slowly fading away. It is a great place to experience the lifestyle of rural natives which not many still live in this type of condition since most live in modern houses these days. Other than that, it is a great way to escape for the hustle and bustle of big city, where you can immerse with the quiet and tranquil nature. You will get a relaxed and leisure sightseeing activity especially those with families. Besides, it is an eye opener for the major tribes in Sabah, where you can gain knowledge about their culture, how their great ancestors used to live and what their spiritual beliefs living in the jungle were. As I mentioned before, you will get the opportunity to participate and experience in a few of the demonstrations such as blowing the Murut blowpipe and many more fun activities!


Most of the performers and guides in the village are local natives that live nearby. They are more than happy to share their lifestyle. At the same time, every dollar you spend goes back towards helping the local native people preserve their ancestors’ culture and tradition. Please wear comfortable and suitable clothes for leisure walking. Only cash is accepted for entrance fee tickets. Enjoy Mari Mari Cultural Village. Go https://goo.gl/7QuB5Z to book Mari Mari Cultural Village tour with us.



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