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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA
KUDAT : Gong Making
 
 

GONG MAKING

SUMANGKAP VILLAGE

 

 

Kota Belud District

 
 
 

Less than 1 km from Gombizau, the village of Sumangkap is famous for its cottage industry of gong making. Gongs, either set horizontally in a frame or hung vertically, are the most important Rungus musical instrument and played on all festive occasions.

 

Some 15 artisans make gongs at Sumangkap, and are happy to demonstrate their skills. Sheets of thick alloy are cut and beaten to form gongs, which can be made to order with names or special symbols embossed upon them. The gongs vary in size from tiny souvenir gongs up to a giant of almost 2 metres across, which is hung outside one of the workshops.

 

A medium-sized gong will take two to three days to fashion, the final stages being a coat of dark anti-rust paint and a spray of mail gold paint on the raised centre. Although the gongs of Sumangkap lack the refinement of the finest gongs of bygone days, they still produce a pleasant tone.  As with Gombizau a nominal entry fee is requested from visitors.

 
 

GETTING THERE

 

To get to Sumangkap village, from Kota Kinabalu visitors can take a bus headed in the direction of Kudat. Buses to Kudat can be taken from the Terminal Bas Jalan Padang from 7.30am to 5pm daily. Bus fare would be approximately RM18 per person, please communicate with the bus driver or bus conductor regarding the drop off point.

 

As an option, visitors can also take a taxi from Kota Kinabalu from the taxi stand located next to Merdeka Field and arrange with the taxi driver regarding the desired drop off point. Approximate taxi fee is RM300 per taxi/way.

 

Those choosing to drive can do so by renting a car from a verified car rental company. Visitors can also request for car rental service via the hotel lobby. Car rental fees start from RM180 per day/car.

 
 
 
 
KUDAT : Gong Making
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA