Monsopiad Cultural Village opened on 1st May 1996, in memory of the great and legendary Kadazan Warrior, Monsopiad. The traditional village has been built on the historical ground: on the very land where Monsopiad lived and roamed some three centuries ago.

Monsopiad Cultural Village is based on the Legend of Monsopiad, a renowned warrior/headhunter of the Kadazandusun people. The existing house in which the skulls are kept is more popularly known as the “House Of Skulls” and in itself is already a prominent tourist attraction since 1979 and is widely mentioned in tourist brochures and travel guides. The purpose of the village is to provide a conducive venue for visitors both local and international to have a glimpse of the culture of the Kadazandusun people.

The direct descendants of Monsopiad, his 6th and 7th generations have built, and presently manage, the village to remember their ancestors, 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 heritage!

Once you step into the village, 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. Monsopiad Cultural Village is run by Monsopiad’s direct descendants 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。

Let yourself be taken 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 their people.


  • House of Skulls
  • Monolith
  • Suspension bridge
  • Tangkob
  • Kotos
  • Traditional or cultural activities.
  • Hamin Tinandai


  • Cultural Dance & Music Troupe
  • Traditional Kadazan Cooking Lesson
  • Sales of Lihing (Rice Wine)