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Kampung Bavanggazo (Rungus Longhouse)


Kampung Bavanggazo (Rungus Longhouse)
Source taken from Rabani Ayub, a photojournalist.

Traditionally, the Rungus people live in longhouses built on stilts, but the shift to modern-day living has meant that the sight of such longhouses are getting more rare. In Kg. Bavanggazo near Tinangol in the Kudat district, you can still experience this fascinating communal lifestyle in a purpose-built longhouse constructed entirely of traditional materials but with added modern comforts like toilets and showers.

Situated in a valley about 41 kilometres south of Kudat town and 98 kilometres or two and a half hours drive from KK City, you can get a taste of real Rungus living through their food, daily rituals and music on a day trip or overnight stay. The later will need prior arrangements.

The common walkway of a real Rungus communal longhouse. Each door opens to a home of a Rungus family.

An old Rungus couple spending a quiet time alone together in the veranda of their longhouse.

Dinner with the Rungus family. Starting at 12 going clockwise, fried thin slices of young papaya, pucuk manis, chicken cooked in black soya sauce, rebung masak lemak, pakis , strips of coconut shoots and fried pieces of fish.

Kudat - Overnight Rungus Long House


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