Location : Kapit, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Probably the only authentic longhouse left standing….strong at 100years old.
All others have have been replaced by modern concrete longhouses which are as good as link houses in the city. The last demolition was just done recently at Sebabai. Too bad we were a little late to catch it in photograph before its demise.
From what I gathered from my tour guide friends Ulu Yong seems very commercialised. No wonder we were told by the folks inside the longhouse not to take photos, unless of course if we paid RM13. They didn’t seem to be bothered with courtesy. We wished they had put it in a more polite tone since we were first timers here. Bad attitude in the eyes of tourists. This very unpleasant experience could have been avoided if the longhouse had put up a signage at the entrance explaining the various charges imposed. Sarawak Tourism Board must impose this if hospitality is their business. The price this longhouse quoted for cultural dance was shockingly high too compared to other longhouses-RM600 minus the dancers, which is an extra RM60/dancer! Oh well, it’s still fun to come here for a short visit as this longhouse still has the genuine daily activities going on and not put up just to please tourists. Pua kumbu weaving and rattan mat making are still very much alive here.
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