The entrance fee to Monsopiad Cultural Village includes a tour of the site, a visit to The House of Skulls and a cultural dance performance. The dance performance is held twice daily (morning and afternoon sessions). At the time of my visit, there were only 2 visitors.. myself and a Frenchman.
These ancient jars sit in the House of Skulls at the Monsopiad Cultural Village. In the middle of this house, 42 skulls covered with dried hisad palm leaves, hang from the roof. They were beheaded by Monsopiad, the Kadazan warrior. The leaves are said to keep away evil spirits.
The Monsopiad Cultural Village is constructed on ancestral grounds and is run by the 6th and 7th direct descendants of Monsopiad who lived some 300 years ago. It is located about 16 km from Kota Kinabalu city, in the district of Penampang, the Kadazan heartland.
The Monsopiad Cultural Village was one of the venues of “The Amazing Race 4”, Leg 8.