Kota Kinabalu is the state capital of Sabah, and without a doubt, it is also one of the most lively cities on Borneo Island. In term of passengers arrival in Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu International Airport has the second highest load. For many visitors, Kota Kinabalu is the main entry point for their exploration of this beautiful place called Land Below The Wind. For a good orientation on Kota Kinabalu, visitors can take the 3 hours Kota Kinabalu City Tour. Price starts from RM 80 and minimum two persons.
Below are the list of interesting places that are covered by most of the tour companies:
- Kota Kinabalu City
- Atkinson Clock Tower
- Observatory Tower (Signal Hill)
- Tun Mustapha Building
- University Malaysia Sabah
- City Mosque
- Poh Toh Tze Temple
- State Museum
- Handicraft Market
Kota Kinabalu City
A drive through the streets of Kota Kinabalu City, visitors can compare the old buildings (although not many) with the new buildings. Visitors will also pass through Gaya Street and Beach Street, the two oldest streets in Kota Kinabalu. The high court, state library, Sabah tourism board (which was the old post office) and Jesselton Point are some of the must see landmarks. If one wants to have a better orientation on Kota Kinabalu, one can do the Kota Kinabalu Heritage Walk by foot.
Atkinson Clock Tower
This building structure is the oldest in Kota Kinabalu, and it was built in 1905. The Atkinson Clock Tower was built for the remembrance of Francis George Atkinson who passed away because of malaria.
Observatory Tower (Signal Hill)
Take a bird’s eye view of Kota Kinabalu City from the Observatory Tower up at Signal Hill. Check out the Tunku Adbul Rahman Park which consists of five islands, all of them are visible from here.
Tun Mustapha Building
Tun Mustapha Building formerly known as Sabah Foundation Building is the tallest building, 32 levels, in Kota Kinabalu. Its unique architectural design, one of the four hanging structures in the world, is a crowd puller indeed. This circular building has a central core with steel brackets supporting each floor. One can also dine at the 18th. floor Atmosphere Restaurant, which has a stunning view of the surrounding area as the building will make a 360 degrees turn, every hour.
University Malaysia Sabah
Surely this is the most beautiful University in Malaysia, this university complex is located on a small hill and is sandwiched between the South China Sea, with a few islands on sight, and the majestic Mt. Kinabalu. University Malaysia Sabah has roughly about 10,000 to 13,000 students from all over Malaysia and some foreigners.
The City Mosque was built in 1997 with an area of 2.5 acres along Likas Bay. The mosque has an effect of looking like floating on sea, as the mosque is designed with water surrounding its three sides. Its blue top also gives it a matching colour to the sky.
Poh Toh Tze Temple
Poh Toh Tze is a buddhist temple, which was built in 1980. Traditional Chinese roofing and structure can be seen throughout the temple. The Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Yin, is a tall statue standing at the entrance of the temple. Beautiful lotus flowers are planted at the pond.
Natural History, ceramics, ethnography and artifacts are the main collection exhibits at the Sabah Museum. The museum also has a detailed history on Jesselton, former name of Kota Kinabalu. The cultural Village showcases many of Sabah’s tribal people, their way of life and their houses.
Many tour companies will end this tour at the Handicraft Market, formerly known as Filipino Market. Located near the KK Central Market on Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, the Handicraft Market is the place for souvenirs hunters. Tourists and even locals will come here to bargain and search for items like batik, t-shirt, key chain, post card, local handicraft, stones, and many other tourists’ takeaways. This market opens from 10am to 6pm.
All these destinations will round up the Kota Kinabalu city tour.
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