Batu Tulug Museum
|| WDT 197, 90200 Kota Kinabatangan,
Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
The Batu Tulug Museum is situated at Batu Putih, about 41 kilometers from the Kota Kinabatang township.
The Agop Batu Tulug is a steep limestone cliff that stands at a height of 39 meters and is believed to
be part of a 20 to 25 million year old Labang limestone. Agop means cave in the language of the Orang Sungai.
There are three main caves here, the agop suriba which is in the forest floow, lintaga which is in the
middle and sawat which is on the upper part. Agop Suriba is inhabited by bats and swallows while the
Agop Lintaga is the largest of the caves here with ceiling height of about 12 to 15 meters.
In the middle and upper caves, there are more than a hundred carved wooden coffins which date back to
about 200-250 years. The coffins resemble the different animals which are associated with the beliefs of
the Orang Sungai. However, there are also claims that the coffins belong to the Chinese who ones settled
in the area. Human bones were also discovered in the coffins. Other artefacts like gongs, spears, blowpipes
and other personal ornaments were also found. It would be interesting to look at these exhibits which have
dated such a long time ago.
It was since 1996 that the Batu Tulug was made into a museum. There are facilities like the information
center, stairs leading to the caves, resting huts as well as toilets. These 125 coffins found here have made
the Batu Tulug a cultural heritage for Sabah.
Places of interest are abundant in Sabah. It would be a shame if your stay is not long enough to visit
all of them. Accommodations in Sabah are plentiful. Thus, you do not have to worry about where to put up
at during your visit here.
You can either choose to drive to Batu Tulug of by going through a tour operator. The drive from
Sandakan will take an hour and a half while it will take 45 minutes from Lahad Datu.