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

Last Updated: November 13th, 2018

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

A tourist getting her photo taken in Gaya Street

 

Gaya Street–home to Kota Kinabalu’s famous Gaya Sunday Market can easily be compared to the Sunday markets you see in Salcedo and Legazpi Village in Makati, minus the throngs of tourists of course.

 

Ideally located in the unofficial “Chinatown district” of this tropical destination, the weekend market is surrounded by a long stretch of local Chinese and Malay restaurants. Considering that we’ve had our fix of nasi lemak the day before, we ended up grabbing a quick lunch at Peppermint. And if you like authentic Vietnamese cuisine in this side of Borneo, you won’t go wrong with Peppermint–located right across the water fountain in the middle of Gaya Street.

 

Right smack in the entrance of the market is a paifang that was built in 2005 and a road sign that shouts “Gaya Street”. With locals and tourists taking up parking spaces within the area, a good way to get there is using Google Maps while lugging around your backpack and at least two handkerchiefs. With Kota Kinabalu’s excruciatingly hot weather, you’ll surely need one.

 

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 local crops were sold by locals and foreign traders alike.

 

Gaya Sunday market starts at around 7AM until well past 2PM.

 

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

A vendor peeling off a fresh jackfruit

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

A calligrapher who never ran out of customers

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

Carrying her kid after a long walk

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

A group of massage therapists–a common sight in Kota Kinabalu’s local markets

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

Playing at the entrance of the market

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

A group of Korean tourists

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

While walking around

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

Bargaining for that fresh guava

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

Choosing for that perfect “antique”

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

Having to retake multiple shots to get that perfect one

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

Catching a glimpse of the Atkinson Clock Tower

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

Kota Kinabalu Gaya Sunday Market Photos

 

The Manila Project

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Instagram

 

 

themanilaproject

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *