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Address: Kampung Kuai Kandazon | Penampang, Kota Kinabalu 89507, Malaysia
Phone Number: 601114196484
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Half-Day Monsopiad Cultural Village and House of Skulls from Kota Kinabalu
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Not money for value

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

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2016
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Diamond Creek
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 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.

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seremban
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51 reviews
26 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 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

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Thank marilyne2375
Port Dickson, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 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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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

45 min excursion of head hunters was good as well as the olden people games, however the entrance should not be RM 55 per person. Moreover, the guide who we had did not know a lot of the autochthons even how many people aprox live in the vilage in olden times... I believe if we had different guide, the visit... More 

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Thank Jindrich S
Lydiana S, Operation Director at Monsopiad Cultural Village, responded to this review

Dear Jindrich S., Thank you for taking your time to leave a review. Your feedback is very important to us in helping us grow and provide a better experience for everyone in the future. In regards to the autochthons, it is difficult to verify the exact numbers for the earliest natives as we do not have the documentations since the... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

A visit to place like this is something I usually absolutely abhor- this due to having found the equivalents regardless of destination around the world, to be‘plasticicky’ for the lack of a better word, i.e. lacking charisma, colour and local character. But, AJ, our host for the guided part of the roughly three hour long visit (incl dinner buffe), spoke... More 

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EzraLydianna, Guest Relations Manager at Monsopiad Cultural Village, responded to this review

Hi Pellela, Thank you for leaving a lovely review about Monsopiad Heritage Village on Trip Advisor. We are also delighted to hear that your trip with us was fun and wonderful! We appreciate your feedback as it helps us to direct our efforts in the right way :) We do our best to provide a good experience to everyone. We... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

We were impressed by the dedication of this group of young guides and dancers to preserve their heritage. It is worth supporting this kind of endeavour. Well done and may the dreams of upgrading the facility come to fruit.

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EzraLydianna, Guest Relations Manager at Monsopiad Cultural Village, responded to this review

Hi Matstry, Thank you for leaving a lovely review about Monsopiad Heritage Village on Trip Advisor. We appreciate your feedback as it helps us to direct our efforts in the right way :) We are delighted to hear that your trip with us was wonderful! We do our best to provide a good experience to everyone. We will pass on... More 

Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

small but u get to experience 1st hand what the villages went through during the days when head hunting was the norm n yes they do hv skulls real one from villages that had them. they also provide cultural show where u can participate. good place to gain some knowledge what was once a tribal tradition which no longer exist,... More 

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EzraLydianna, Guest Relations Manager at Monsopiad Cultural Village, responded to this review

Hi Terry R! ;) Thank you for you review about Monsopiad Heritage Village and for sharing your feedback with TripAdvisor. We are pleased to know that you have enjoyed your trip. We hope to give you guys a much better experience with your trip to our heritage village in the near future. Kotohuadan au ogigiina and kopivosian doid diau! (Thank... More 

Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

Jason and I took an afternoon to visit Monsopiad Heritage Village, highly recommended by our hotel receptionist. We were in time for the 2pm cultural show followed by the guided tour. According to our tour guide, Monsopiad was a Kadazan warrior and headhunter. The cultural village is run by his descendants, who wants to teach visitors about their culture and... More 

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EzraLydianna, Guest Relations Manager at Monsopiad Cultural Village, responded to this review

Hello Amanda & Jason! ;) Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We are happy to know you had a wonderful time with us. We do our best to ensure you trip are as what you have expected and hopefully more. To know you have enjoyed your time means a lot to us :) Many... More 

Puerto Rico, Colombia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2016

Monsopiad Cultural Village (which is soon to be "Monsopiad Heritage Village" as I was informed by our tour guide) is a unique Cultural Villages, the best thing about this village is the heritage of one of the indigenous group in Sabah, the Kadazandusun people. We were informed by a young lady with an excellent English (I give 5 stars to... More 

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EzraLydianna, Guest Relations Manager at Monsopiad Cultural Village, responded to this review

Hi Tomie! :) Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We are pleased to know you appreciate the service we have provided and that you had a great time. We do our best to ensure you trip are as what you have expected and hopefully more. To know you have enjoyed your time means a... More 

Shah Alam, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

Visited today with family paid RM100 (US$25) for 2 adult and 4 kids. Not much to see, run down condition, the tour guide do not help either, little or no extra info provided, the skull house was poor condition, and a lot of mosquitoes!!!

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