The Rungus The
Longhouse Gongs Tip of Borneo Kudat Golf & Marina Resort
Kudat is located on
the coast of the northernmost part of Sabah, some 190 kilometers north of Kota
Kinabalu. Longhouses, coconut and palm trees are the most vivid impressions of
this little town.
Though not a well known location for foreign visitors, it has several modern
beach resorts and a golf course. Local attractions include tours to nearby
Rungus longhouses, where traditional brass gongs are made, and where honey is
produced and to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, the northernmost tip on the island
of Borneo. Around Kudat you find the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches,
wonderful sunsets and glorious mornings
for long walks and bird spotting.
The Rungus, a sub-tribe of the Kadazan-dusun indigenous ethnic group, are
found mainly on the Kudat and Bengkoka Peninsulas in the northern part of
Sabah. Attap, or thatch-roofed, longhouses are evidence of communal life of
traditional Rungus community- sharing and inter-depending lifestyle were
essential for a hunting tribe. This lifestyle was mostly practiced by the
Rungus in the olden day. Excellent photo-opportunities as many of the ladies
still wear the traditional chest-to-calf black sarongs and other native
ornaments. Cultural performance can be also arranged. on request. Best time
for a day tour here would be on a Sunday, where a visit can also be made to
Kota Belud Tamu (market).
The longhouse is a simple but sturdy structure made easily of materials like
palm leaves for roofing, bamboos for floors, barks for walls and timbers for
supports held together by elaborate knots, which the people have been using
for centuries to tie everything firmly in place.
longhouse comprises of several small apartments each containing a raised
sleeping area and a living space with a hearth used also for dining. A
longhouse usually begins as a single apartment built by the father. When
children grow and start their own families, they literally add similar
apartments to their father's unit, thus creating an extension which eventually
develops into a longhouse. Extended family are also allowed, with permission
to join in and add on.
Gongs are the most prevalent of Sabah's idiophones and are found throughout
Sabah. They are made of brass and bronze. Each gong has a name indicating its
sound or rhythm it plays and it varies from village to village. Visitors can
watch skilled craftsman make gongs at various stages at Kampung Sumangkap.
Tip of Borneo
The Northernmost Tip of Borneo located in northern Kudat, is also known as
Tanjung Simpang Mengayau.
The tip is the meeting point of Sulu and South China Sea. The globe at the Tip
- favourite monument among visitors
Golf & Marina Resort
Established in 1906, Kudat Golf Club is acknowledged to be the oldest
registered golf club in Sabah. Once affiliated with St. Andrews of Scotland
in the early days, it is located in the heart of Kudat town. The golf course
is an 18 hole par-72 course, nestled between the clear waters of Marudu Bay. The
Resort has an ethnic design feel with timber furnishing incorporating the
natural surrounding to create the modern styled version of longhouse.