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Friday, June 30, 2017
Sabah's Borneo Ant House opens on July 1
Pix courtesy of Borneo Ant House.
KINABALU: The Borneo Ant House, Malaysia's first underground gallery, near
Tuaran and some 35km from here, opens its doors to visitors on July 1.
managed by a local family from Sabah, it offers visitors a chance to learn more
about ants, as well as Sabah and Sarawak's ethnic groups.
House chief executive officer Sufiah Abd Rahim Lee, 59, said the name "Ant
House" is taken from the concept of "living underground", like
live underground and since the theme park's main attractions are the
underground galleries, we decided to name this place as such," said the
retired teacher and mother of five.
attractions would be the three galleries - the first would be on sculptures of
ants and some description of the insect, said Sufiah.
would be on the cultures of the Bajau, Dusun Lotud, Iban and Bidayuh people,
and the last, on swords.
Bajau and Dusun Lotuds make up the majority of the population in Tuaran and the
Iban and Bidayuh people are the largest ethnic groups of Sarawak," she
is why we chose to focus on these four ethnic groups," Sufiah said.
that the gallery on swords among other weapons were relevant as decades ago,
the people of Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak) were known as headhunters.
think this topic would be interesting for visitors to learn more about
it," she said.
hoped that the underground gallery concept would appeal to the public, as it
would be the first of its kind in Sabah.
There is a
canopy walkway for those wanting to spend time relaxing with nature.
fee for Malaysian adults is RM18 per person and RM9 for the disabled, senior
citizens aged 60 and above, as well as children aged seven and below.
visitors need to fork out double the price of each category.
Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi
Manjun will launch the Borneo Ant House on Thursday.