Kampung Bavanggazo (Rungus Longhouse)

The Rungus people are indigenous to Malaysiaprimarily located in the Kudat and Matunggong districts of the northern region of Sabah. They are essential to Malaysia's diverse cultural landscape, adding vibrancy and depth to the nation's heritage.


For an immersive experience of the captivating Rungus culture, consider spending a night or two in the charming village of Kampung Bavanggazo. Here, you will witness the enchanting daily routines of the Rungus people. Imagine traditional longhouses adorned with locally sourced materials like rumbia leaves and bamboo stems. The elongated living halls echo with the sounds of musical instruments and the sight of intricate traditional items. The communal lifestyle of the Rungus community is evident as multiple families thrive under one roof.


Renowned for their impeccable craftsmanship, the Rungus people excel in producing traditional handicrafts such as woven baskets, mats, and beadwork. These crafts represent their cultural identity and serve as significant income sources for many Rungus families.


The Rungus people are an essential part of Malaysia's cultural landscape. They have managed to keep their rich heritage alive while embracing modern influences, significantly contributing to the country's cultural diversity.


About Kampung Bavanggazo

Located in a scenic valley, just 41 kilometres south of Kudat town, is the peaceful village of Kampung Bavanggazo. This charming town is famous for its bead and gong-making traditions and the friendly nature of its residents. To get to Kampung Bavanggazo, you can enjoy a scenic two-and-a-half-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu. This destination is perfect for those seeking to escape urban life.


Embark on an adventure to explore Kudat and discover the rich culture of the Rungus people. Immerse yourself in the traditions and hospitality of Kampung Bavanggazo.


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