Bundu Tuhan

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Ratings: *** Beautiful mountain village

Lost Ratings: ***** Something interesting

One of the best things about driving up to Kinabalu Park is the view along the way. Remote villages give a splash of colour to the green of  the valleys and the white of the clouds. Travellers passing by must often wonder what life must be like to live in a village like that. From a distance, it looks as though there are no roads leading into the villages, and the only way to get in or out is to walk.

old-woman-bundu-tuhan-20081223A woman with a wakid basket on her back walking up the steep road.

That may be so a few decades ago, but development has come even to places like this, and with Kinabalu Park being a major tourist draw, the roads have improved tremendously. Villages close to the main road have benefited the most, and there are paved roads leading into these villages.

One of these villages closest to the Kinabalu Park Headquarters is called Bundu Tuhan. Located in a valley to the right of the park, the turning to Bundu Tuhan is just before the next corner to Kinabalu Park. The junction is easily recognizable. There is now a hotel(?) on top of the hill at the junction, and there are some stalls selling vegetbles by the roadside. It isn’t so much the condition of the road, but the steep slopes that will pose a problem for cars with a small cc. If you wait by the roadside, there are mini vans that ferry passengers to the the villages down below.

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The word Tuhan means God in Malay, but Bundu Tuhan is not derived from Malay. Instead, it is taken from the language of the Dusun people who live on the mountain slopes. Bundu is the name of a kind of fruit tree, while Tuhan means landslide or felled. A story tells of how a landslide occured and the Bundu tree was felled in the process. Looking at the slopes of the mountain, it is easy to imagine landslips happening often around here.

God however does play an important part in the life of the people here. Although previously pagan people, a huge majority have become devout Christians. If you were to come on Christmas Day, you would see young girls and boys dressed in their finest as they make their way to church.

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There are a few villages located in this huge valley here, and Bundu Tuhan is probably a collective name for the whole place. Each individual village has its own name. There is an orphanage in Bundu Tuhan, and a Christian retreat.

Dogs doing their job of herding cattle

Dogs doing their job of herding cattle

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Traditionally, farmers who practised shifting cultivation, many of the people now work in Kinabalu Park as well, either as park rangers, mountain guides or porters. Considering its proximity to the park, this is not surprising. In fact, according to the book Globetrotter’s Visitor’s Guide to Kinabalu Park by Anthea Phillipps, the first registered park guide was from this village. This man, Gunting bin Lagadan was reputed to possess remarkable powers and had the ability to protect the people who climbed with him from evil spirits.

An interesting, if macabre, attraction is the skull hut. If anyone has every doubted the headhunting exploits of the Bornean people, they can see for themselves, the real human skulls displayed in a wooden box by the roadside.

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Travel journal to Bundu Tuhan:

http://losttravels.wordpress.com/2009/01/12/this-christmas-i-found-human-skulls/

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54 thoughts on “Bundu Tuhan

  1. jessy@tati

    Da great BUNDU TUHAN’S tribal….jessy here leavin PEACE comment!

  2. Addie

    I am glad a part of people of Bundu Tuhan…!!!

  3. kolin

    A… nnti kmu dtg bundu tuhan… Aramai meti moginum haro karamaiannn hahaha

  4. Atkins

    It’s much cooler and more comfortable than KK. Although I’m American, I actually have in-laws there. Be careful drinking with the Dusun; they like to get completely blitzed.

  5. Vivy

    Kg Bundu Tuhan yang Low profile…peaceful tapi Aramai tii tataps happening!!I love you Bundu Tuhan!!!!peace…

  6. wilde

    ughhhh… just came back from bundu tuhan.. had a very good day and bad there. good because i got to help the poor kids in don bosco children home.. bad, because i got drunk at the their kaamatan festival on 9th may… but band in a good way.. i love drinking those bitter sweet tapai…. still nursing my hang over… lol..

  7. losttraveller

    be caredul you don’t get addicted to that stuff, like some other gwei loh I know…lol

  8. Anonymous

    If you want to experience of life come to bundu tuhan. Truely a unique place to relax

  9. barry

    bundu tuhan is a good place to relax because there have a peacefully nature..kah boh daa diolo..

  10. barry

    bundu tuhan is a nice place..

  11. vivy

    Yes² agree…

  12. the village ody give it to you… what have you give for the lovely village? ask you self… love it and protect it…

  13. rumandawi17

    penduduknya kuat palau..aramai tii,

  14. huha

    i got bittersweet memories there..but bundu tuhan rocks..

  15. aramaiti69

    Aramaiti…hujan emas di tempat orang, hujan batu di Kg Bundu Tuhan, baik lagi di Bundu Tuhan…hehehe…semoga Kg Bundu Tuhan bertambah makmur dan maju setanding dengan warganya yang ramai berpelajaran tinggi kini…

  16. Vivy

    rindu mo balik Bundu Tuhan…Betul kaa ada gegaran dekat masilau baru² nie?I’m worried!

  17. AUGUSTINE S

    saya rindu mau makan sayur kobis yg besar2 mama saya tanam di kg.Bundu Tuhan oh. Bagus saya pulang kg besok laa..jom ikut saya balik kg BT.heeee..aramaitiee…

  18. Anonymous

    bilalah saya dapat minum sagantang bundu tuhan ini….

  19. Anonymous

    siapa2 orang bundu tuhan disini

  20. Anonymous

    aramai t..

  21. singarung

    bundu tuhun tatap no1..yeaah

  22. Anonymous

    ok bah kalo kao

  23. Carol

    Yes Bundu Tuhan memang nice and cold and cool…
    Rindu Bundu Tuhan sudah. Dengar dengar banyak pokok bundu baru kena tanam di sana. Beguslah tu.. Saya baru dapat ini web site.

  24. losttraveller

    Hi Carol, saya tidak tahu apa tu pokok bundu?

  25. Anonymous

    Is a cold place… beautiful, peaceful and harmony… People there are friendly, very nice…. Be in Bundu Tuhan just like in heaven……….. Freezing weather… Unforgetable moment in BunduTuhan…..

  26. Anonymous

    yiiiiipiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i love bundu tuhan forever

  27. Anonymous

    i pn lv bundu tuhan jg……

  28. kara

    syok tei d bundu tuhan?

  29. galads

    bundu tuhan la satu2nya kg paling aman…syok meti. zaman kanak2 waktu di bundu tuhan mmg happening….nda buli lupa bah.

  30. galads

    my friend said…..little alaska!!! abis sejuk bah.

    • barry

      ntah la..kami pun blm pernah p alaska…tapi kurang lebih mcm dalam aisbok juga bah sana bundu tuhan tu..nda payah lagi beli aisbox sebab da mcm dalam aisbox da sedia

  31. btul2… rumah sy teda esbox.. haha.. bundu tuhan jugala paling mantap!! bangga kita!!!

  32. bila la dpt blik bundu tuhan ni… bosan suda merasai kepanasan.. hui3…

  33. Vivy

    Pokok Bundu = pokok Belunu.. @ Pokok Binjai…

  34. boy

    everybody love Bundu Tuhan, you’ll miss the soothing weather there with the cold breeze…
    I spent my childhood life every week there, that would be my 2nd home… I really miss to go back there, must go back 1 day…. :-( it has been 10 years ++ huhuhuhu…..

  35. gamanbarait

    10 thn lepas bundu tuhan memang sejuk…lagi sejuk daripada genting..tapi skrg sejuknya kurang sikit….mgkn di disebabkan pemodenan baru…terpaksa la kita terima…..anywhere i proud born at bundu tuhan:…..

  36. Anonymous

    My homevillage is just a about 20,000 steps from BT. Long live Pekan Nabalu. Anyway we are brothers. The view is so OLUMIS n OLUNDUS. Hahaha……

  37. oh suda tentu kg sa paling nyaman…

  38. milan

    bundu tuhan paling aman dan sentosa…

  39. Gaman barait

    Kada koudut.banyak taie sapi sini.tu katua kampung x pandai urus

  40. Wakid tn.putri

    O yaka,bnyk pula tai sapi sana..bru ingat mau p holiday sana,tp xjd la..kurung laba sapi kamurang

  41. Relex bah

    Hahaha baja bah itu tai itu..tula subur2 sayur d btuhan..dtg kau saya kasi piri kau baja paling hebat tai sapi.susah mau dapat tu gaman barait.

  42. Gaman barait

    Ha2 taie kau la jadi baja.bnyk org logop dan loguhod ,mau d ubah bru aman tu kg kamu.

  43. Anonymous

    ;]cnnt wait go to bundu tuhan again…

  44. Anonymous

    ci gaman barait marah pasal sumandak bundu tuhan tdk suka sama dia.. hahahah

  45. Anonymous

    waa…Bundu TUhan kio

  46. Anonymous

    Bundu Tuhan …a place that left the sweetest memories in my life ever..1988 till 1990…three years living at Don Bosco’s Boarding Home…I was not an orphan but have to stay there because of several matters..Bundu Tuhan..the loveliest place ever…until now the memories was kept peacefully in my mind…love it so much….

  47. i was looking for the lost art of dusun tattooing. has anyone seen one yet.

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