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Penampang

The Penampang District is an administrative district in the Malaysian state of Sabah, part of the West Coast Division. The district is generally considered as a stronghold of the Kadazan-Dusun community and serves as a main centre for their political and cultural development. The Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) community hall hosts many of Kadazan-Dusun's traditional festivities, the most famous of them is the culmination of the month-long annual Kaamatan or 'Harvest Festival' celebrated for 2 days at the end of May.

Historically, the main economic activity in Penampang has been the cultivation of wet rice and other agricultural-based economies. However due to rapid economic boom and modernization of its people, Penampang observes a rapid growth in the secondary and tertiary sectors of economy resulting in a major decline in the traditional agricultural activities.

Events and places of interests:

  • Harvest Festival (Kaamatan) every 30th & 31st May @ KDCA Hall
  • Monsopiad Cultural Village
  • Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
  • Tagal Tinopikon
  • St. Michael Church

Photos by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas.

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