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Upside Down House in Sabah

Sabah Upside Down House

This unique Upside down House in Sabah is my picture for the week. Known locally as Rumah Terbalik, I had to see this to believe it and when I was there, I was amazed by the intriguing architecture involved in building this extraordinary home.

The house was built at a cost of RM500,000 in Tamparuli by entrepreneur Alexander Yee, it was opened in February 2012.

Describing the 140 sq meter house as a dream come true, Alexander said the house was a mix of ethnic Sino-Dusun and Dusun style.

The official opening was done by YB Datuk Haji Masidi Manjun, Sabah's Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment on the 9th of March, 2012.

Upside Down House in Sabah

The upside-down house or Rumah Terbalik in KK is also fully equipped with kitchen, living room, bedrooms, toilet, and veranda in a new perspective – upside down!

The interior area is about 1,500 square feet, with a master bedroom, a child room, a living room, a kitchen, and a bathroom.

Even a garage outside the house features an upside-down car. The unique structure is designed for all ages and nationalities and it is also wheelchair friendly.

Sabah Rumah terbalik
Upside down house in Sabah

Upside Down House Address
Kampung Telibong, Batu 21,
Jalan Telibong, Tamparuli,
District of Tuaran,
Sabah, Malaysia.
Telephone: 088 260263
Entrance Fee: RM18.00 +/-
Time spent here: 20 to 30 minutes

How to go to the Upside Down House in Sabah?

There are a couple of methods to get here and one of them is by renting a car and self-driving from Kota Kinabalu, heading on the main highway to Mount Kinabalu.

Just a few Kilometers before Tamparuli town and before a Shell gas station, you will see the upside-down house located on your left.

The other way is to try and book a tour which includes this attraction in the itinerary, and if you are traveling in a large group, this would be a better way.


Overall, this attraction can be easily done in the first part of the day and you can be back to Kota Kinabalu city before lunch.

The place is also the first of its kind in Southeast Asia and if you are visiting KK city and have some extra time, make a trip just out of town to visit the upside-down house in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

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