Monsopiad Cultural Village is a historical site in the heartland of the Kadazandusun people. The Monsopiad Cultural Village was opened on the 1st of May 1996, in memory of the great and legendary Kadazan Warrior Monsopiad. The traditional village has been built on historical ground: on the very land where Monsopiad lived and roamed some three centuries ago.
The Monsopiad Cultural Village is the only cultural village in Sabah, and a unique feature throughout Borneo in so far as It relates directly to a historical person: Monsopiad. The direct descendants of Monsopiad, his 6th and 7th generations have built, and presently manage, the village to remember their forefathers, and to give you an extraordinary insight into their ancient and rich culture. The Monsopiad Cultural Village is a private initiative that does not receive any grants from the Malaysian Government, but relies solely on the support of visitors.
Visiting the village, you contribute directly to the conservation of one of Malaysia’s rich cultural heritages!
Let us take you on a journey back into the past, to the days of head hunting and spirit worship, to the days when the Bobohizan, the female high priestess of the Kadazan and Dusun, ruled the villages and took care of the health and spiritual well-being of thetr people.
Generally recognized as the world’s largest water village, Kampong Ayer extends out over the Brunei River from both banks, and is home to around 30,000 peoples. Even four centuries ago, the size and complexity of Kampong Ayer greatly impressed the Magellan expedition, which received a stately welcome upon entering Brunei Bay in 1521.
It is know to early European as the “Venice of the East”. It is claim to be the largest water village in the world and home to 30,000 peoples complete with schools, clinics, police station, shop and mosques.
Although most of the houses on stilts are now furnished with every modern amenity, a traditionally colorful and lively. This tour includes boat ride cruise along the Brunei River and visit to a private home to have tea & local cakes with local people.
Sarawak Cultural Village
To see Sarawak in one sunny day… this is the basic concept of the Sarawak Cultural Village, where the 48,000 square miles of Malaysia’s most majestic State are condensed into just 17 acres. One leisurely stroll opens seven homes to the visitor, seven cultures, including the famous longhouses of Borneo.
This living museum depicts the heritage of the major racial groups in Sarawak and conveniently portrays the respective lifestyle amidst 14 acres of equatorial vegetation. Here, it is possible to see Sarawak’s ethnic diversity at a glance. The handicraft is both bewildering and tempting, including the Kain Songket (Malay cloth with gold inlay), Pua Kumbu (Iban housewives textiles), Melanau Terendak (sunhat), Bidayuh tambok (basket), Iban parang (swords), Orang Ulu wood carving and Chinese ceramic.
The 45-minute cultural performance of songs, dances and entertainment is something you will not want to miss out during your visit to Sarawak.
Tamoi Cultural Village
The Tamoi Cultural Village is set among the picturesque Tamoi Tengah of Kampong Ayer, the centrepiece House of Mingai Zari showcases a lifestyle of a bygone era. The House is fashioned in 18th Century style and bedecked in traditional finery and antiques that go back 300 years. Cultural shows, traditional fishing and bird watching are among the myriad of activities available at the Village.
There are two main water villages in Labuan namely Kampung Bebuloh and Kampung Patau-Patau. The residents are mainly the Brunei Malay. The wooden houses are built on stilts over water and are connected to each other by numerous walkways. Almost every house has its own boat. The houses can be quite large and they all have a cool verandah in front. Some are very eye-catching with pots of brightly colored bougainvillea and orchid plants. The villages are made up of large communities with shops, mosques and other facilities.