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Mari Mari Cultural Village @ Kionsom, Inanam, Sabah

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Mari Mari Cultural Village located in Kionsom, Inanam, Sabah, about 25 minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu city centre, is actually not a real tribal village but a commercial setup depicting the lifestyles of the five major ethnic tribes in the state, namely Dusun, Rungus, Lundayeh, Bajau and Murut, the headhunters. For each tribe, there is a miniature longhouse together with ‘actors and actresses’ dressed in costumes of that particular tribe. These people would demonstrate the crafts of their tribe, from cooking to rice wine making, vest making and fire-starting, just to name a few.

Mari Mari Cultural Village
Mari Mari Cultural Village… As it was, As it is…

At the end of the tour, guests are entertained with a lengthy cultural dance performance. The audience are also urged to try the dances. At the end of the show, they are invited to take photographs with the dancers, dressed in their traditional costumes. There are three scheduled tours daily, at 10am, 2pm and 6pm. Each tour, which takes some two to three hours, comes with a meal; lunch, tea and dinner respectively.

Mari Mari Cultural Village
the entrance to Mari Mari Cultural Village

According to a friend, who previously visited a similar cultural village, this one is better as it is more interactive. Visitors are encouraged to involve themselves in the activities, instead of just observing. I felt that our guide, Melvin, did a fine job in explaining the different lifestyles of the five tribes in Sabah. He also mentioned the strengths of each tribe, like the skills of the Lundayeh warriors in making ropes and vests from tree barks, and the Bajaus who were excellent trades people. The superstitious beliefs of each tribe were also explained.

Mari Mari Cultural Village
the female totem

Our tour of the Mari Mari Cultural Village was definitely a huge eye-opener. Within that short period of time, I felt that I had learned a lot about the tribes, and why they led life the way they did. Everything had a reason.

Mari Mari Cultural Village
entering the jungle

If you are in Sabah, visit Mari Mari Cultural Village for a crash course on the different ethnic groups, all in one place: Mari Mari, or Come Come, as the cultural village is named. Walk-in guests are also welcomed; minimum two to go. The restaurant at Mari Mari is also open for booking for themed dinners and other corporate or social functions.


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4 thoughts on “Mari Mari Cultural Village @ Kionsom, Inanam, Sabah

  1. Hi Emily,

    There is a website where everyone can book mmcv directly without a travel agent : “www.marimariculturalvillage.com”. maybe everyone can suggest this website to your followers?

    We love MMCV! Do You? haha.. ;D

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  2. Hello.. tumpang tanya.. kami nak buat charity work di Kiondom fall .. tapi tak tahu no.contact/email… sy nak minta tolong drpd saudara/saudari seandainya anda tahu maklumatnya…

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