Teraja mini tamu now a weekly affair

Daniel Lim

The initial one-off mini tamu at Teraja Longhouse has now turned into a weekly affair, thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response from visitors who made a pit-stop at the market en route to the waterfall and rainforest nearby on August 9.

Head of the Women’s Bureau at Teraja Longhouse Embong anak Munah attributes the rising number of visitors to the need to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and find comfort in rural tranquillity, especially while travel restrictions are still in place as the world battles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We decided to bring back the mini tamu due to the positive feedback we received during the last event,” she said. “Visitors reported enjoying the scenery and cuisine only found at Teraja Longhouse.”

Apart from an array of local produce, there is also handicraft made by residents of the long house.

“Not only does the showcase of handicraft bring attention to traditional weaving methods, it also contributes to the eco-tourism efforts in the area,” Embong said.

There are also other plans in the pipeline to promote the Teraja culture, she said, adding that “we want visitors to submerge in the customs and traditions here while learning to appreciate the untouched nature that Teraja offers”.

With the mini tamu now held weekly, Embong hopes that the number of visitors to Teraja Longhouse will continue to rise.

ABOVE & BELOW: A Teraja Longhouse resident shows a visitor the traditional weaving methods; and local children enjoy the opportunity to socialise with visitors. PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM

The increasing number of visitors can be attributed to travel restrictions