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Tamparuli old colonial shoplots.
Tamparuli old colonial shoplots.
Tamparuli is located in Borneo Topography
Coordinates: 6°8′0″N 116°16′0″E / 6.13333°N 116.26667°E / 6.13333; 116.26667
Country  Malaysia
State  Sabah
 • Assistant District Officer Celestinus Lawanding
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
Postcode 8925X
Area code(s) 088
Tamparuli town centre.

Tamparuli is a small town and a sub-district of Tuaran on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysia. It is populated mainly by native Dusuns, while a sizeable Chinese community runs most of the shops in the town proper. There are also others who have settled in the area, such as Filipinos and Pakistanis.

Some believe that Tamparuli used to be a resting point for lorry drivers plying the route before heading to the east coast of Sabah, thus, it was called Tempat Lori, which eventually became Tamparuli.

As with many other small towns in Sabah and indeed Malaysia as a whole, the town itself consists of both newer concrete shoplots as well as old wooden ones, which are particularly prone to destruction by fire as evidenced in the destruction of one of the wooden shop lots.

One can find a health clinic, multipurpose hall, library, police station, a bank, general market, several primary and secondary schools and numerous sundry shops here.

Wednesdays would be the best time to visit this town, as it would be Tamu Day where traders from as far as Kota Belud and surrounding areas would gather here to sell their goods, comprising a mix of traditional and modern items, however traders can already be seen selling their goods on Tuesday.

Shops in Tamparuli town.

The most famous landmark in Tamparuli is a long hanging bridge, which is immortalised in the song Jambatan Tamparuli, a popular Kadazandusun song. Another bridge, built for motor traffic, spans the river far below the hanging bridge and is frequently flooded during heavy rain.

The original hanging bridge or locally known as 'Jambatan Gantung' was located closer to where the mosque is and was said to be very strong that it is capable of sustaining the weight of a small vehicle.

Somewhere between 1998 and 1999, Tamparuli town was hit by a huge flood which caused the bridge to be completely destroyed. The current hanging bridge was built to replace the old one soon after.

Tamparuli is located just off the Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan road, making it a popular stop for a snack or meal for travellers taking this route from the direction of Kota Kinabalu. The town is also a convenient stop en route to the town of Kiulu, a popular whitewater rafting destination for domestic and foreign tourists alike.

Tourist Attraction[edit]

The 'Upside Down House' or Rumah Terbalik is a popular tourist attraction located in the town. It is the only structure of such type known to exist in Malaysia so far and a guided tour is available for visitors at daytime.[1]

The hanging bridge is also a major crowd puller , frequently visited by local and international tourists.


  1. ^ "Rumah Terbalik @ Tamparuli, Sabah". Steffie Chan's Blog. Retrieved 29 May 2013. [unreliable source?]

Coordinates: 6°08′N 116°16′E / 6.133°N 116.267°E / 6.133; 116.267