Rumah Terbalik

  • Entrance ticket to Rumah Terbalik
  • Rumah Terbalik counter
  • Rumah Terbalik
  • Rumah Terbalik porch with car
  • Rumah Terbalik toilet
  • Me at Rumah Terbalik
  • the 3 guys contemplate the upside down garden
  • The group at Rumah Terbalik

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 porch with car

Rumah Terbalik porch with car

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.

3D Wonders Museum

3D Wonders Museum

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.

the 3 guys contemplate the upside down garden

the 3 guys contemplate the upside down garden

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.

Entrance ticket to Rumah Terbalik

Entrance ticket to Rumah Terbalik

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/

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Cato is a young woman from Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Cato gained a Bachelor Degree with honours in Social Science majoring in Communication Studies at the University Malaysia Sarawak - UNIMAS. After a long spell as a full-time reporter writing for TV and Radio news in Borneo and beyond, she is currently a Special Officer in the public relations field. She is also a regular and passionate contributor at Asian Itinerary. Cato is a dynamic woman with several interests and hobbies like travelling, listening to music, playing guitar, reading, kayaking and surfing the Internet. She is a young promise in the travel-writing world, and one of the main exponents of Asian Itinerary.

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