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Other transcription(s)
 • Simplified Chinese担波罗利
 • Traditional Chinese擔波羅利
Colonial-era shoplots in downtown Tamparuli
Colonial-era shoplots in downtown Tamparuli
Tamparuli is located in Borneo
Coordinates: 6°8′N 116°16′E / 6.133°N 116.267°E / 6.133; 116.267Coordinates: 6°8′N 116°16′E / 6.133°N 116.267°E / 6.133; 116.267
Country Malaysia
State Sabah
 • Assistant District OfficerCelestinus Lawanding
Time zoneUTC+8 (MST)
Area code(s)088

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 (of whom most are Hakkas) runs most of the shops in the town proper. 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 shoplots in recent years.

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

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 attractions[edit]

Main road leading into Tamparuli town centre

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 famously known as Jambatan Tamparuli is a popular attraction for a photo-stop at the town. The bridge became well-known after a song named after the bridge was sung by the late local singer John Gaisah.

Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum is a mini-museum exhibiting miniature dolls in Barbie size, all dressed in Malaysian’s costume. There are about 300 miniature costume being exhibited with 2/3 of the costumes are from Sabah. The museum is open to visitor daily.

Bukit Perahu

The Ruhiang hill, known as 'Bukit Perahu' (St. Veronica Hill), is also a place for activity of hiking and is located near Tamparuli Town.



Every Wednesday morning, 'Tamu' (native open-air market) is held in Tamparuli town. At the Tamu, produce, seafood, traditional food and drinks, handicrafts and other goods from Tamparuli and the surrounding villages are bought and sold.


  1. ^ "Rumah Terbalik @ Tamparuli, Sabah". Steffie Chan's Blog. Retrieved 29 May 2013. |first= missing |last= (help)[unreliable source?]