Monsopiad Heritage Village
Located 16km from Kota Kinabalu City Centre, the Monsopiad Heritage Village is made up of many traditional buildings which nestled besides the Penampang River and a living museum.
The village showcases the lives of the famous Kadazan warrior tribe called the “Monsopiad”, a fearsome warrior who lived in the village of Kuai nearly 200 years ago.
The purpose of the village is to provide a conductive venue for both local and international visitors to have a greater understanding of who Monsopiad is and learn about the culture of Kadazandusun tribe through guided tours, storytelling, traditional music, dance, food, games and so much more!!!
Once you step into heritage, you are transported back in time where headhunters and spirit worshippers roamed the land; a place and time when the village was controlled by the Bobohizans (female high priestesses of the Kadazan). The village keeps the culture, beliefs and traditions alive. The Village is run by Monsopiad’s direct decendants and their stories will leave a chill down your spine. So vivid they are that it felt as if the warrior is still living amongst them.
a) Guided Tours (9am/11am/1pm/3pm)
MHV provided guided tours for House of Skulls, Gintutun Do Mohoing, Suspension Bridge, Tangkob, Dunggou, Husap Do Bobohizan, Fire Making Hut, Henna Tattoo Station and Traditional Games Station.
i) House of Skulls “Siou Do Mohoing”
Houses skull back from the headhunting era where all the 42 ‘trophies’ of Monsopiad’s are hung on display.
ii) Monolith Stone “Gintutun Do Mohoing”
A monolith stone erected long ago, is a silent witness to many legends of Monsopiad. Within it, is believed to dwell spirits from the past. Today, many people visit the stone for luck.
iii) Suspension Bridge
Suspension bridge hanging on steel cables at the Monsopiad Heritage Village, crossing the narrow Moyog River. This one wobbles at lot and is quite fun to walk across.
iv) Rice Storage Hut “Tangkob”
Visit the Tangkob or Grainery where the padi is housed. Learn how rice was stored in the olden days, how local rice wine is made.
v) Mini Museum “Dunggou”- “Kotos Di Monsopiad”
Kotos di Monsopiad Museum is built to showcast the culture, the history of the Monsopiad, the well known famous headhunter in Kampung Kuai and the history of the mystical village itself. On display are ritual items of Bobohizan, costume and accessories worn by Kadazan Maiden, handicraft made out of bamboo and rattan and musical instruments.
vi) High Priestess Hut “Bobohizan Hut”
Primary roles of a Bobohizan is to appease the rice spirit Bambaazon during harvest festival or Kaamatan. During the event, she will lead a procession of people from her village through the paddy field under the full moon, to give thanks and to seek a bountiful harvest for the rice-cultivating Kadazan-Dusun people. A Bobohizan also plays a role as a mediator between the spirits and the people and one of the commonest dutiesis to heal and cure illnesses with herbal remedies and rites.
vii) Traditional Games Station /Cultural Activities
Watch and take part in the cultural activities such as the shooting with the traditional blowpipe and or also known in Native Language as “Monopuk”, Catapult “Lastik”, Stilt Walk “Tampanau”, Sago Grating “Mamagalus”, Sago grub “Butod”, rice wine making and other daily activities.
viii) Taste Local Rice Wine
They make variety of traditional brew, many of which are home-made using age-old methods. Sample the ‘rice wine’ and ‘talak’ at Monsopiad Heritage Village. Learn unique methods of brewing these local beverages, often used in traditional recipes as well.
ix) Fire Making Hut
You can either watch, take part and learn how they make a fire from the olden days using a bamboo stick and a bamboo husk!
x) Henna Tattoo Station
For guest who love to have a henna tattoo, get a coupon from MHV registration office and get a beautiful Henna Tattoo while visiting the heritage village.
MHV creative and dedicated team member focus on making your visit more joyful with their gorgeous Henna Arts.
x) Sago Grub Station (seasonal)
Sago grub and or also known as “Butod” in Sabahan native language are eaten either raw or roasted. Those who have tried say it has a creamy taste when eaten raw and it’s like meat when cooked.
b) Cultural Showtime: (10am/12pm/2pm/4pm)
Traditional dance are available at Monsopiad Heritage Village. Cultural Show can be arranged any time of the week upon pre-arrangement. Please call to make your bookings.
You can now enjoy your afternoon and evening at Monsopiad Heritage Village (MHV) with lunch/ hi-tea or dinner and Cultural Show creating a uniquely interactive cross-cultural experience (UPON RESERVATION ONLY)
c) Monsopiad Cultural Dance & Music Troupe
Monsopiad music and dance troupe are available for hire both locally and overseas.
d) Mock Wedding
The mock wedding is a folk drama that flourishes in the small communities of the Great Plains and is as strong a tradition today as it was more than 100 years ago. You can have a “Kadazan Traditional Wedding Miohoon Pinisi” for you and your loved one.
Celebrate a traditional Kadazan-Style wedding. The wedding package offered by a Monsopiad Heritage Village is inclusive of all traditional setting and arrangement.
e) Traditional Dancing/Music/Kadazan Cooking lesson
If you are interested to learn tradional dance or learn to cook local cuisine, it is available at Monsopiad Heritage Village.
Planning a Team Building day or a Family Day? MHV provides a place for you to hold birthdays, family day, camping and MICE events such as corporate annual dinner and team building.
g) Monsopiad Heritage Village Campground
Plan a camping vacation at Monsopiad Heritage Village.
h) Catering Services
MHV offers a range of outside catering services for all occasions. We cater for all types of formal and informal events, parties etc.
Many who have visited feel that one of the true essences of Sabah is the Monsopiad Heritage Village. You cannot say that you have been to Sabah if you did not pay a visit to this historical and heritage site.
For those who are in town for a visit and planning to drop by Monsopiad Heritage Village, please contact
Monsopiad Heritage Village
Kampung Kuai Kandazon, Jalan Putatan Ramayah, P.O. Box 740, 89507 Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: 6088-734657 / 6011-14196484 (Call/Whatsapp) / 6011-14196488 (Call/Whatsapp)
Facebook: Monsopiad Heritage Village
THE SPIRIT OF THE HOUSE OF SKULLS
In the olden days, whenever a warrior took a head, it was believed that the head’s spirit, instead of ascending to the “HIBABOU” (Heavens), would remain in the skull. It would have to serve the family of the vanquisher for all its generations to come. The duties of the head spirit are to follow every member of the family whenever they are on a journey and to protect them from any untoward incident.
The Kadazan believe that apart from the soul, the active organs of our human body are being looked after by assisting spirits in unity with the soul. All the functioning parts of our body are thus managed by the head spirit, the eye spirit, the ear spirit and so forth. So when a person dies, the assisting spirits will ascend to heavens and wait till a new baby is born, then they will come down to manage the freshly born physical body of the new human. But the departed soul of the deceased will travel to Mount Kinabalu, the home of the dead.
However, whenever the warrior cuts the head of his enemy, its head spirit will not be able to ascend to “HIBABOU”. It will have to reside in the house of skulls to look after the warrior and his descendants.