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Address: Kampung Kuai Kandazon | Penampang, Kota Kinabalu 89507, Malaysia
Phone Number:
+60 11-1419 6488
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Monsopiad Heritage Village is a traditional village with historical site in...

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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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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 chief's house complete with skulls, and also try stuff out like fire lighting and blow... More 

Thank Avalight
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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 from our hotel bedroom!

1 Thank Sarah K
ezra_o85, Owner at Monsopiad Cultural Village, responded to this review

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 is the oldest building that survived from the WW2 and still standing beautifully as one... More 

Bloomington, Indiana
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97 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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. They take the visitors to test skills in blow darts, spears, look at idols, weavings,... More 

Thank Dwain I
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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 about kadazan dusun's practices and daily living. The manager there, edmund (i think?) shared with... More 

Thank Law E
Dundee, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 .Great guide spoke excellent English Kelvin.Our taxi driver waited for us, not sure how we... More 

2 Thank Willatts
Jakarta, Indonesia
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 their fermented drinks, using a blow pipe-arrow, catapult, and lear how to make fire. It... More 

2 Thank MartinLeman
Kempsey, Australia
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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 & the tour showing us traditional facets of daily living. The Museum across the road... More 

2 Thank travella2016
Diamond Creek
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41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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 I had been to see Mari Mari the day before.

2 Thank Reymondoz
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132 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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
Port Dickson, Malaysia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 May 2016

I visited the Mesopiad Village some days ago keen to learn more about the headhunter past of the Kadazan-Dusun tribe, particularly its hero Mesopiad who managed to amass quite a substantial number of sculls. I would recommend it to anybody who is interested in the past of this Borneo state. As for me I expected some more info particularly about... More 

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Management response:

Dear Mr. Tino, Kopivosian doid diau (Hello and good health to you), thank you for taking your time to leave a review about us at Tripadvisor. We hope your had a pleasant trip back home! :) Your review is very important to us in helping us grow and provide an awesome and memorable experience for everyone in the future. It... More 

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