Mari Mari is actually a living museum, in fact almost all major ethics in Sabah is put into one place. Visitors to Sabah who are on a tight tour schedule will find this option to pay a visit at Mari Mari Cultural Village useful. ‘Mari Mari!’ is malay for ‘Come Come!’
The Mari Mari Cultural Village is situated amidst a remote forest setting in Kionsom, Inanam; 25 minutes away from the hustling and bustling city. Its surrounding atmosphere may faintly remind you of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Lost World’; in the Sabahan sense. The beauty of untapped nature is guaranteed to capture your eyes and heart as soon as you arrive at the village!
In the village, you will be introduced to various traditional homes of Sabahan ethnic communities-the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Dusun-which are built by descendants of the tribes which they represent. Your friendly excursion guide will also give thorough introductions to the houses, making it a highly educational experience.
Be prepared to teleport back to the times of ancient Borneo through the display of unique ingenious architecture, simulated lives and ritualistic ceremonies. Also, get acquainted with each village tribe as you enter their homes and experience their rich culture.
For a more hands-on experience, check out the little huts in the village where daily routines of traditional Sabahan life come alive. Grab the chance to see blowpipe-making demonstration, fire-starting demonstration using bamboo, tattoo-making demonstration, and get an in-depth look at the mystical symbolisms behind them. Visitors will also get chance to sample Sabahan traditional delicacies from each ethnic group.
A visit to the Mari Mari Cultural Village will be a cultural excursion of a lifetime! See, taste and feel the essence of Sabah presented to you as it was and as it is. Starting hours are at 10am, 3pm and 7pm daily. Mari Mari!!
- Daily Availability
- Pure Cultural Potpouri
- Suspension bridge
- Cultural Events
- Cultural Dance & Music Troupe
- Traditional Kadazan Cooking Lesson
- Sales of Lihing (Rice Wine)