Known as the upside down house of Borneo, Rumah Terbalik is the first ever house of this kind built in Malaysia, and claims to be one of the 5 best upside down house in the world, being also in Malaysia Guinness Book of Records.
Rumah Terbalik started operations in 2012 and an amazing design for a house that is almost impossible to build. The simple yet nice architecture was taken from a traditional Sabah house, with 140 square meters that include a fully equipped kitchen, a living room, a bedroom, toilets, a veranda and a garden, all built within the same perspective.
The trip inside the house should take 15 minutes; they have used vintage stuff like 1970’s TV, a sawing machine, a lamp and an old telephone. No pictures are allowed inside, but you are able to photograph the outdoor, with upside down gardening tools, toilet and a car.
The new 3D Wonders Museum adjacent to Rumah Terbalik is amazing. Thanks to a special art technique which transforms two-dimensional images into immersive 3D environments, you can now experience Sabah’s beloved customs, traditions, and landscapes in reality-bending ways! Rub shoulders with indigenous tribal headhunters, scale Mount Kinabalu, and observe myriad wildlife in their natural habitats in the safety and comfort of the museum. The 3D Wonders Museum is not only the largest 3D art exhibition in East Malaysia, but also one dedicated to educating the public about the importance of protecting biodiversity, ecosystems, and natural resources.
As parts of your visit to Rumah Terbalik, you can also browse the Tuaran Craft Village and their well stocked gift shop filled with handicrafts and shirts and souvenirs. You can taste Kopi Tenom, the locally brewed coffee, and gourmet ice-cream in their cafe and experience authentic traditional Sabahan cuisine at Mango Garden Restaurant.
Rumah Terbalik opens 7 am to 7 pm daily. Entrance fee for Malaysian adults is RM 10.60 and the 3D Museum costs RM 24.40 – foreigner are charged RM 19.10 and RM 35 respectively, a bit steep for what you get, if you ask me, but still worth a visit.
Rumah Terbalik is located at Jalan Telibong, Tamparuli, along the way to Kundasang, 33 kilometer away from Kota Kinabalu.
For further information visit their website at http://www.upsidedownhouse.com.my/