The Mah Meri indigenous community have settled in Pulau Carey, or Carey Island, for over a hundred years.
Mah Meri Cultural Village
Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Bumbun,
42960 Pulau Carey,
Kuala Langat, Selangor
The ancient Mah Meri tribe, sometimes referred to as the ‘Masked Men of Malaysia’, is one of 18 indigenous communities living in Peninsula Malaysia.
They are widely regarded as highly-skilled mask makers; some of their handicraft have been known to fetch thousands of dollars.
While many of the natives have assimilated into modern life, with jobs in nearby plantations and farms, much care has been taken to ensure that their ancient rituals and customs are documented and preserved.
There is a small gallery/museum and traditional house in the village compound that is open to visitors.
The village is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit Pulau Carey‘s Mah Meri Cultural Village is during Hari Moyang (Ancestor Day), which takes place around March or April each year, Puja Pantai (Oceanic Healing) or during a wedding ceremony.
During the festival, the tribesmen and women wear intricately carved masks and perform the mystifying Tarian Jo-oh (Jungle Dance) and Tarian Topeng (Mask Dance), which are main features of the festival repertoire.
Genuine crafts by the Mah Meri purchased at the Cultural Village or National Museum bear the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Seal of Excellence and come with a certificate of authenticity.
These crafts are handmade out of a rare, reddish swamp hardwood called Nyireh Batu. Each piece has its own story that is related to their ancestral legends.
The Mah Meri tribeswomen are extremely adept at palm weaving. Over here, visitors get to assist them at making headdresses or other decorative items made of palm fronds.
Tuesday – Sunday: 9.00am – 6.00pm
RM5.00 per entry. Walk-in visitors are welcome, there are no appointments necessary.
The following destinations are located on Pulau Carey itself:
The cultural village is also located near the following destinations:
- Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple (±20 minutes)
- Istana Bandar Jugra and Masjid Diraja Sultan Alaeddin (±17 minutes)
- Muzium Insitu Jugra, Bukit Jugra and Makam Sultan Abdul Samad (±30 minutes)
- Pantai Morib (±35 minutes)
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How to get to Mah Meri Cultural Village
There is no public transport that will bring you directly to Pulau Carey. The best way to get here is to drive from K.L. city center towards Teluk Panglima Garang via the Klang-Banting road. From Teluk Panglima Garang, narrow roads takes you past rustic Malay villages to Pulau Carey. The drive takes about an hour.