Mari Mari Cultural Village is located deep in the countryside, about 25 minutes away from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city. The journey will take you through long roads surrounded by a rich spectrum of greenery and overarched by wild blue skies.
Upon arrival at the entrance of the village,
you will be greeted warmly and ushered to the homes of the different ethnicities of Sabah. Each home was built by descendants of the tribes they represent and offer you a truly genuine experience, everything in and around the village lends to its magical prowess of taking you back in time. Not only does this village portray these tribes through the architectural genius of their traditional houses, but also through a range of simulated lives of the olden epoch by the residents of the village. Acquaint yourself with each tribe as they allow you into their house and their simple yet intricate lives.
The village features 5 different ethnic tribes in one village. They are the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunters and fisherman Lundayeh, the cowboy and sea gypsey Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe Murut. Lunch at Mari Mari Cultural Village.
As you traverse the village, you will find demonstration huts along the main houses in which daily activities of old times come to life. For example, the making of blowpipes, starting a fire from bamboo
tree - you will learn the steps of making a fire without the help of a lighter, tattoo-making (and its symbolisms) and etc.
By the end of your journey into the past, you have been given a setting for you to see, hear, taste and feel the uniqueness of what Sabah truly is, an unforgettable encounter of the Sabahan homeland.
Evening at leisure. Dinner on own account
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