Cultural Shelter

09 June 2016

If you are ever in Sandakan, be sure to drop by Lindung, a very unique space.

Enveloped by nature, with a population of around 200,000 people, Sandakan is situated on the northeast coast of Borneo. At the edge of the city, about 25 kilometres west is Sepilok, arguably the main tourist attraction in Sandakan. Sepilok is home to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Lindung is situated within the centre.

A project by husband-and-wife team, Linn Yong and Anton Ngui, Lindung draws you in with its peaceful architecture, a circular structure that is harmonious with its surroundings, merely a stone’s throw away from the animal sanctuaries. Leaving the tropical heat behind, we found shelter at Lindung. Within the structure, Lindung is a restaurant, an art gallery and an event space, which according to the passionate owners, revolves around the ideal of “embracing and supporting all things art, culture, food and nature here in Sandakan, in a purpose-built space that serves to incubates new and exciting ideas.”

Within minutes of speaking to the couple, their passion to elevate the local art scene is apparent. The artworks that decorate the walls are by local artists; the drinks are infused with native ingredients as much as possible; the food menu is heavily influenced by local Malaysian food, allowing locals and foreigners to appreciate the flavours of Malaysian cuisine. Their love for nature and local art has led to the Borneo Rhythm of Rimba (ROR) Wildlife Festival. Happening on 20 and 21 August, this year marks its third year and Anton is hoping that the Wildlife Festival will raise awareness for local rainforests and the local art scene.

“We want Sabah, and of course Malaysia, to develop and grow, to achieve its full potential. The country, especially East Malaysia, has so much to offer but the barriers are there and we have to work together to break them down. There are so many talented artists and exciting projects in Sabah and Sarawak that often gets overlooked. We want to connect people, we want to build a space that allows for that to happen.” We left Lindung inspired by the words of Anton and Linn, who have built a shelter that echoes their beliefs and principles, hoping to shine a light on the region and the country.

Lindung is located at:

Address: Mile 14, Jalan Sepilok, Sandakan Town, Sabah

Tel: 089-533 979


By Chris Lim

Photos by The Spacemen

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