Atkinson Clock Tower
Signal Hill Road adjacent to the old Police Station. Built in 1903, this all-wood, no-nails structure was built in memory of Francis George Atkinson- the popular first District Officer of Jesselton during the British North Borneo Chartered Company Administration. This Clock Tower has the distinction of being the oldest standing structure in the whole of Sabah that survived the destruction of Jesselton town during World War II. Till today, it still serves to keep the city's time.The Atkinson Clock Tower is managed by the Sabah Museum under its Antiquity and History section.
City Mosque
Built on a 2.47 acres site at the Likas bay, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is exemplary of the Islamic contemporary architecture. Situated near the sea, this majestic white mosque boasts similar features to the Nabawi Mosque in Medina. This floating mosque has a prayer hall which houses three madrasahs and accommodates from 9, 000 to 12, 000 people at a time.

By far the largest mosque in Kota Kinabalu, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is even possibly the most beautiful one in Malaysia – the man-made lagoon which surrounds it gives a serenely gorgeous and dramatic look to the mosque on a full moon night.

The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is open for public visits daily except Fridays from 8am to 5pm. There are no fees charged on visitors.

Gaya Street
Gaya Street is closed off to traffic every Sunday morning to make way for the fair. You can buy almost everything here. There are stalls which sell arts, craft, food, fruits, antiques and so much more. This indeed is the best place to experience the culture and the lives of the Sabahan families on a Sunday outing. The Gaya Street Fair starts as early as 6am in the morning until 1pm in the afternoon.

Other than the Gaya Street, there are plenty other places of attraction. Sabah is a magnificent place to explore and visit. Do not miss out on a chance to go on a proper Sabah sightseeing trip. The locals here are friendly and are willing to help. For sightseeing, you can opt for a local tour guide to bring you around. The KK Esplanade Kota Kinabalu is a great place for picturesque views and for photography. The KK Esplanade expands from the Filipino Market and all the way to the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Wisma Merdeka. There are also plenty of food stalls and cafe for you to dine here.

Sabah is famous for its crystal clear waters and magnificent diving spots. Among the famous islands in Sabah are the Sipadan Island, the Mabul IslandMataking Island and the Kapalai Island. These are islands which divers come back time and time again.Nature lovers can take the chance to go for jungle trekking at the Kinabalu Parkwhich is the first Heritage Site in Malaysia by UNESCO. The park is also the home of the highest peak in Malaysia, the Mount Kinabalu. There are shopping malls around but there are not many of them. However, hotels in Kota Kinabalu are plentiful. Just be sure to book earlier to avoid disappointment especially during the peak season.

Handicraft Market
Located along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, the Handicraft Market is a favoured shopping haunt for locals and tourists alike. Souvenirs galore await you and rest assured there is something for everyone.

You will be spoilt for choice with miles and miles of beautiful sarongs and pareos, an ideal reminder of your tropical holiday in Sabah! Be sure to also check out the glistening and gorgeous pearl jewellery and handicrafts while you are there.

The best thing about the Handicraft Market is that you never know what piece of treasure you might unravel during your visit. Some have returned home with an authentic sompoton (a traditional wind instrument), a Murut headhunter's blowpipe, a coconut-shaped handbag and a wooden-frog that ‘sings' when you stroke its back with a wooden stick.

The most important tip when visiting the market is to bargain, bargain, bargain! Pick up some local lingo to improve your bargaining skills and you might even walk away a steal.

Jesselton Point Water Front
Formerly known as the Kota Kinabalu Ferry Terminal, Jesselton Point Waterfront has become one of the main city attractions in Kota Kinabalu ever since its privatization in February 2006.

Situated north of downtown Kota Kinabalu, this quaintly scenic place has an unmistakable historical feel to it—complete with olden days snapshots of Kota Kinabalu city (Jesselton) and vintage red English phone booths. Jesselton Point Waterfront serves as the only ferry terminal for Labuan-bound passengers as well as the main (and cheapest) boat terminal for the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and Gayana Island.

 Jesselton Point Waterfront also offers casual dining, leisure and retail experiences with its array of alfresco F&B outlets, handicraft stalls, and a four-court futsal centre.

Other facilities or activities:

  • Fishing – From 6pm-6am from RM10 per entry (payable at the Suria Futsal Centre).
  • Jesselton Point Waterfront jetty is also bookable for social functions—be it dinner parties, fundraising concerts or even weddings.

 After a long hard day at work, the Jesselton Point Waterfront is an excellent place to wind down and catch the breathtaking sunset!

Tun Mustapha Tower
Located 5 kilometres or about 15 minutes away from the KK City Centre. Formerly known as the Sabah Foundation Building, this circular tower of steel and glass stands 30 storeys high in the Likas Bay area and is instantly recognizable as a Sabah icon. It has a central core with steel brackets supporting each floor. When completed in 1977, it was one of the three such buildings in the world based on this design concept.

Inside are housed an auditorium, two mini-theatres, exhibition foyer, a gymnasium, kindergarten and Research library.

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