7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

 

Formerly known as Jesselton during the British occupation of Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is now one of Malaysia’s growing tourist destinations. And while a trip to Mount Kinabalu is certainly on top of everyone’s list, here are 7 places that you can also include on your itinerary during your visit.

 

 

 

1. The Waterfront and the Marlin Statue

A great way to cap off your day is sipping a pint of beer while overlooking the orange hued sunset of Borneo. From a long line of restaurants and bars, one won’t run out of options in this area of Kota Kinabalu. While it can be crowded at times, it’s still to experience it at least once during your stay. And, if you still have time left, just walk a few steps to the Marlin Statue and I Love KK sign along the Waterfront.

 

Waterfront Kota Kinabalu - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

The Waterfont

 

Waterfront Kota Kinabalu - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

 

Marlin Statue Kota Kinabalu - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

The Marlin Statue

 

Waterfront Kota Kinabalu - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

 

 

 

2. Gaya Sunday Market

Tracing its roots back to the British colonial period, Gaya, back then, was known as Bond Street.  What was once a railway track and later the center of commerce of Jesselton (the former name of Kota Kinabalu) quickly became an all-around market where fresh produce, souvenirs, and antiques were sold by locals and foreign traders alike.

Read in full: The Long Stretch of KK’s GAYA SUNDAY MARKET: In Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

Gaya Sunday Market

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

Choosing for that perfect “antique”

 

 

 

3. Chinatown and Atkinson’s Clock Tower

Occupying the same area as Gaya Sunday Market, Kota Kinabalu’s Chinatown has a long stretch of Chinese-owned restaurants and souvenir shops. And while walking around this ancient quarters, it’s hard to miss Atkinson’s Clock Tower–the oldest standing structure in Kota Kinabalu which was first built in 1905.

 

Atkinson’s Clock Tower - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

Atkinson’s Clock Tower

Chinatown Kota Kinabalu - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

Feeding the hundreds of doves in KK’s Chinatown district

 

Chinatown Kota Kinabalu - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

 

Chinatown Kota Kinabalu - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

 

 

 

4. Sapi and Manukan Islands

And if you’re needing that much needed break from the busy streets of Kota Kinabalu, just book an island hopping tour for Sapi and Manukan Islands. The Sapi and Manukan Island tours usually start from 9AM until 3PM and includes a seafood buffet.

 

Sapi and Manukan Islands - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

Sapi Island

 

Sapi and Manukan Islands - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

 

Sapi and Manukan Islands - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

 

Sapi and Manukan Islands - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

A group of guys playing football in Manukan Island

 

 

5. Sabah State Mosque

Designed by Malaysian architect Dato Baharuddin Abu Kassim in the 70s, Sabah State Mosque incorporates a combination of Islamic architecture and contemporary design. With its slender sculptural minaret and onion-shaped dome known for its unique honeycomb cladding, this architectural beauty is not as widely visited by tourists compared to the floating mosque.

Read in full: Sabah State Mosque: 6 Things About This Golden-Domed Edifice

 

Sabah State Mosque: 6 Things About This Golden-Domed Edifice

Sabah State Mosque in Kota Kinabalu

 

Sabah State Mosque: 6 Things About This Golden-Domed Edifice

Some of the worshippers as they exit the mosque

 

Sabah State Mosque: 6 Things About This Golden-Domed Edifice

Sabah State Mosque’s minaret surrounded by smaller golden domes

 

 

6. Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

Construction of the city mosque started in 1989 and was finally opened to the public in February 2000. With its iconic gold and blue dome, its design incorporates Islamic and modern architecture and was made to resemble the Prophet’s Mosque (Nabawi Mosque) in the city of Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Read in full: Kota Kinabalu’s Floating Mosque: 8 Things To Know

 

Kota Kinabalu’s Floating Mosque: 8 Things To Know

The dome of Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

 

Kota Kinabalu’s Floating Mosque: 8 Things To Know

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

 

 

7. Signal Hill Observatory

A perfect way to take a panoramic shot of the city, Signal Hill Observatory is the best place to cap off your stay in KK. Stay for a few minutes, grab a chair, and enjoy that cold durian ice cream while you relax.

 

Signal Hill Observatory - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

Panoramic view of Kota Kinabalu

 

Signal Hill Observatory - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

 

Signal Hill Observatory - 7 Places To Visit In KOTA KINABALU

 

 

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