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Atkinson Clock Tower
One of the most enduring landmarks in KK which has stood prominently on the bluff along Signal Hill Road. Built as a memorial to Francis George Atkinson (the first District Officer of KK). It has the distinction of being the oldest standing structure in the whole Sabah that suvived the air raids and blitz of WWII. The Clock Tower was gazetted as a heritage building in 1983. Till today, it still serves to keep the city's time.
No admission fee is required. Very near to Signal Hill Observatory.
Souvenir stalls at Nabalu Village
On your way to Poring Hotspring or Kinabalu Park, you will pass by a very small village called Nabalu. Tourists will usually stop here for their breakfast meal, pee-stop & also to do some souvenir shopping. It's only a row of shops & a stretch of souvenir stalls. At the end of the souvenir stalls, is a watch tower. The tower is old & making creeching sound as you walk up the steps. It serves as an elevated platform for you to view the surrounding Kinabalu mountain range.
There's many variety of local souvenirs, handicrafts or products sold here, like Batik, Malay cloth & wood carving. In terms of breakfast, the choice is limited & quality so so.
Likas is a bay dotted with casuarina trees. Sometime you can see fishing boats & people fishing & picnic leisurely from the roadside. This is the nearest beach from KK town. A good place to unwind or just to relax freely.
The reading area at Borneo Books
Borneo Books is a specialist book store, covering natural history, guide books, maps, environment, forestry, sustainable management, fruits, flowers, herbal medicine, culture, Sabah history & exploration.
A reading area and information point with difficult-to-find information on ecologial and conservation subjects. Workshop reports and scientific reprints can be photocopied for you. It stocks information you are unlikely to find easily elsewhere. The bookstore also displays work by local artists. Paintings and photographs are for sale.
For foot sore customers, it offers an oasis of relaxation and interest with comfortable seating, coffee and tea and interesting things to read.
Cable access is available on request on a reasonable basis. Recharge your laptop and mobile phone at the recharging station.
Address: A235-237 (F), 2nd floor, Phase 1, Wisma Merdeka
Other Contact: Fax: 6088-236 427
Phone: 6088-538 077
Signal Hill Observatory Tower
A natural area where you can enjoy the beautiful skyline of the city with a view that extends to the islands. Sad to say that most part of the coastal line has been blocked by tall structures. However, you still can see some blue sea at far end. Not a good vantage point to view the beach but to have a bird's eye view of the city.
Walk cut across Gaya Street then you will see a small mountain. Cross a street & you will see a football field. Take that road & walk up the slope. I think it will take about 15 to 20 minutes. No admission fee is required.
Menara Tun Mustapha (Yayasan Sabah)
With its unique architectural design, this 32-floor goverment office building is arguably one of the city's most outstanding landmarks. For sweeping views of Likas Bay and its mesmerising sunset, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kokol Hill & Mount Kinabalu in a distance on clear day, head up to @mosphere, the modern dining restaurant on the 18th floor.
A very quiet place. Nothing much to see except you want to pay a visit to @mosphere Restaurant. The restaurant is nice though.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm. Closed on Monday, except during school & public holidays.
Phone: 6088-326 683
City Mosque floating on water
KK City Mosque which is situated at Likas Bay near the sea has similar features ot the Nabawi Mosque in Medina. It is the biggest mosque in KK and can accommodate 9,000 to 12,000 people.
Visitors are allowed only in the mosque compound while entry into the building is prohibited.
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