Mari Mari is reopening next week

Performers clad in traditional costumes of Lundayeh, Bajau, Rungus, Murut and Dusun tribes.

KOTA KINABALU: The Mari Mari Cultural Village is reopening to welcome visitors next week amidst the easing of the recovery movement control order to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors will be experiencing a new norm and advised to strictly adhere to the standard operating procedure imposed by the government during their visit to the cultural village at Kionsom road, Inanam.

Mark your date as the cultural village is open during the weekends and public holidays on August 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 29, 30 and 31; and September 5, 6, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 26 and 27. The visitors have an option to choose their visiting sessions neither at 10am or 2pm

Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd managing director Dares Saham Asaad said the cultural village has its own uniqueness as especially its location.

“My place is surrounded by jungles, so it brings out the traditional ambience especially if you are talking about headhunters, unlike other places, it was spoilt by noise pollution from vehicles because they are near the roadside,” he pointed out.

It took him about four years to find a suitable place, he said, referring to the cultural centre which highlighting the Ranau’s Dusun Liwan house, Kudat Rungus longhouse, Lundayeh house, Bajau traditional house and Murut house.

“I got my inspirations from travelling abroad and meeting people to share ideas and stories,” he shared.-HS