Kota Kinabalu (KK) – Monsopiad Cultural Village (Kampung Kebudayaan Monsopiad)

After the Sandakan Town Tour we headed to the airport and flew over to KK.

Shortly after landing we headed on over to the Monsopiad Cultural Village, which was an interesting experience to say the least. They say you haven’t seen Sabah if you haven’t been to the Monsopiad village!

Monsopiad Cultural Village (Kampung Kebudayaan Monsopiad)

We arrived just in time to catch the end of the dance performances, so we checked that out before going for the tour. It was pretty dark in there and it was overcast so it was pretty hard to capture things clearly (someone donate me a D3s please :D).

Tribal Dance

Very colourful costumes and energetic dances, they are great performers. If you’ve seen any of the Sabah Tourism adverts on TV you may well recognize some faces.

Head Hunters

We continued on the tour after that visiting various parts of the village where they still use original methods to make things and of course they place where they keep the real human skulls.

Human Skulls

They have the famous sago worms there too if you fancy trying one out, juicy little fellas they are.

Sago Worm

No…I didn’t eat one, but my mom chugged one down after she dropped it because it bit her hand. Yes folks they eat tree bark so their pincers won’t have much of a problem puncturing you.

Mom Eating a Sago Worm

Frankly, we sucked at the blowpipe..but I wasn’t too bad with the old catapault.

Rocking the Blowpipe

At the end we headed back to watch the performances again as we only caught the very last part, and there are a lot of different styles and costume changes so we watched again from the start.

The girls are pretttyyy.

Pretty Tribal Girl

And the dudes quite scary.

Scary Tribal Dude

Especially when they stick a blowpipe in your face..and they are REALLY accurate with those things.


My Mom got head-hunted too!

Mom gets Head-hunted!

All in all it was a great experience, I was really glad we went. It may be a tourist hotspot but it was enjoyable either way, the guides are knowledgeable and you can get a real taste of the Sabah tribal culture.

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Sabah 2008 Trip – Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu




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9 Responses to Kota Kinabalu (KK) – Monsopiad Cultural Village (Kampung Kebudayaan Monsopiad)

  1. Huai Bin October 27, 2009 at 7:23 pm #

    The sago worms are quite good stuff!

  2. J2Kfm October 27, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

    trust Huai Bin on that. *_*

  3. KY October 27, 2009 at 11:57 pm #

    worms, yum!

  4. oliviasy October 28, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    why neva eat sago worm? they r juicy! a tinge of young coconut and wood chips hahahaha!

  5. ahbing October 28, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    I never been there, and I am ashamed to tell you I grow up in KK. Worms – yummy 😀

    Always trust Huai Bin.

  6. ShaolinTiger October 30, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    Huai Bin: Haha juicy yah.

    J2Kfm: Yah can definitely trust him on these things.

    KY: Haven’t tried one yet?

    oliviasy: Haha worms…hmm not really my thing. Deep fried ok la can.

    ahbing: Hahaha, yah well people usually take where they live for granted.

  7. Myhorng October 31, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    not sure if i dare to eat it alive.

  8. ShaolinTiger November 3, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    Myhorng: Why not, if my mom can I’m sure you can haha.

  9. Lisa November 5, 2009 at 7:28 am #

    It’s all about some mental barriers, worms are actually quite tasty and definitely contain a lot of nutrition values (especially proteines). For most people it’s just a matter of culture in which they’ve grown up.