Thursday, July 21, 2005

Kota Belud Tamu - Sabah's Most Vibrant Market

The Weekly Tamu or Sunday Market of Kota Belud, near Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo, was originally known as Tamu Darat (Land Market). It was held on neutral ground where the indigenous Dusun meet the other indigenous groups such as Bajau, Irranun and Obian Muslims, as well as the Chinese traders, to barter or purchase goods.

The Tamu offers unrivalled opportunity for discovering some of Sabah's many different ethnic groups as well as exploring an astonishing variety of products such as herbal medicine, mountain-grown vegetables, wild orchids, chilli-laced dried fish, luscious tropical fruits, edible seaweed and much more.

On top of this, you may catch the unforgettable sights of the medicine men hawking their wares, the Irranun ladies enjoying a spur-of-the-moment performance while waiting for people to buy their musical instruments, the colourful Rungus selling their popular hand-made brooms and woven baskets brought all the way from their traditional longhouse in Kudat, or the Bajau women turning out a constant stream of deep-fried cakes.

If you are visiting during October, then you will be right in time for the grand climax of the regular Sunday Tamu. The Annual Kota Belud Tamu Besar (Grand Market) is a special event and a huge tribal gathering normally held in October each year. The Grand Tamu includes a massive market, traditional and cultural ceremonies, displays, handicrafts, dances, and the famous ornately decorated Bajau horsemen.

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