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Sabah Murut Cultural Centre, Tenom Tourist Attraction

Location : Murut Cultural Centre, Kampung Pulong, Tenom District, Interior Division, Sabah, Malaysia.

About 10km from Tenom visible from the main road, lies this magnificent wooden structure housing all the arts & crafts of the Muruts. We paid a mere RM5 each for the entrance and on hand to welcome us were 6 young looking Muruts all dressed in their traditional attires.

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Honestly, the best part about this place was still the ‘shell’ which was 100% rock solid belian or ulin as known in Kalimantan, the ironwood of Borneo with the unmistakable reddish brown tone. From the columns, floorings, beams, balustrades, rafters and and all the way up to the roof shingles every inch was pure belian. Judging by the sizes of the columns they could easily be around 200 years old each…..a big sacrifice & love from Mother Earth. backpacker, native, orang asal, tribal, muzium, gallery, Tenom, Malaysia, Interior Division, rumah panjang, tourism, traditional, travel guide, transborder, 丹南沙巴, 原著民长屋 Pusat Kebudayaan Murut, authentic, backpackers, native, tribal, museum, gallery, Borneo, Tenom, Malaysia, Interior Division, longhouse, tourism, tourist attraction, traditional, travel guide, Pusat Kebudayaan, authentic, backpackers, native, orang asal, tribe, museum, Tenom, Malaysia, Kampung Pulong, longhouse, tourist attraction, traditional, travel guide, 丹南沙巴, 原著民长屋 Pusat Kebudayaan, backpackers, destination, native, orang asal, museum, Borneo, Malaysia, Kampung Pulong, ironwood pillars, Tourism, tourist attraction, traditional, travel guide, 沙巴婆罗洲, 长屋旅游景点

The only other place we know in Borneo that comes close to having as much belian as this is the Sendawar Cultural Park near to Melak in East Kalimantan.

Belian monuments such as this are hard to come by these days as belian is getting rare or too expensive. Many humongous longhouses (100+ doors) made from belian have gone up in smoke either in Kalimantan or Sarawak largely due to human error in the kitchen. As a preventive measure, the management of Murut Cultural Centre should pay special attention to the staff quarters housed inside the main building which is not the wisest thing to do. Their cooking area and electrical gadgets should be regularly monitored for SIRIM compliance. It would be very very unfortunate should leaky gas stove or inferior electrical products lead to a fire. Better be safe than sorry. Mother Earth would be very upset for the sacrifice she made to make this Centre a jaw dropping marvel. Next……..Keningau

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