Enduring Legend

The story behind the Tamparuli Bridge in Sabah is brought to life in an immersive musical

Published: 11 April 2018, Text by: Eris Choo

In the old days, the Tamparuli Bridge in Sabah was built to provide an easier way for villagers to travel across the mighty Tuaran river. It has since become a landmark and passed into folklore, retold through the generations. 

The Sabah Fest Musical Theatre will bring one of these stories to life, through an immersive musical dubbed Solungkui: Jambatan Tamparuli. Reportedly based on a true story, the tragic tale tells of a beautiful young Dusun woman who falls in love with a British engineer tasked with the building of a bridge for Tamparuli's villagers.

After repeated attempts to rebuild the structure ended up with it being washed away, the community's High Priestess demanded a sacrifice to appease Tambuakar, a water spirit said to reside in the river. Driven by ambition, the engineer would ultimately betray his lover into becoming a human sacrifice. 

Rich in culture, heritage and presented by a talented cast, this is a musical not to be missed. 

Tickets may be purchased at the Sabah Tourism Board Office on Gaya Street. 

When: 4-6 May
Where: Auditorium Kompleks JKKN Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


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