• Labuan Square • Museum Square •
Kampung Ayer • Labuan International Sea Sports Complex •
• An'Nur Jamek Mosque • Labuan Clock Tower •
Formerly known as Victoria town, Labuan Town today is a bustling
business center with increasing modern offices and shopping complexes
rising around picturesque postwar architecture. The busy waterfront area
is always a hive of activity. Here are landing berths, as well as the
Customs and Immigration departments.
The main thoroughfare in downtown Labuan is Jalan Merdeka. At the
eastern end of this main road are the Sheraton Hotel, Waterfront
Financial hotels and the soaring Financial Park complex.
There are many eating places which specialize in Malay, Chinese or
Indian food, as well as popular fast food outlets.
~ Places of interest within downtown
Formerly known as Labuan Town Field, Labuan Square is a fascinating park
with neatly manicured lawns and is planted with flora indigenous to
Labuan. Its design reflects the islands status as an International
Offshore Financial Centre, and is a popular place to stroll or relax and
to snap some lovely pictures
Opposite the Labuan Square is the Museum Square. It consists of a few
old houses of colonial design. Four old Flame of the Forest trees stand
in a square area, casting a shade over park benches and commemorative
stones. They were planted by the Chinese, Malay, Indian and European
communities in Labuan in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth
This park is home to several monuments that were put up to commemorate
historic occasions such as the name-change from Labuan to Maidashima by
the Japanese during World War II, the arrival of the Australian Royal
Army’s 9th Division on Labuan, and the liberation of Labuan.
There is an interesting granite slab with inscriptions done by sailors
on Captain Rodney Mundy's ship 'Iris' on route to Labuan from Hong Kong.
It was intended for the handing over ceremony of Labuan by the Bruneis.
During the Japanese Occupation, it was tossed aside by the Japanese but
was later retrieved and remounted. It is amazingly in good condition
despite all this. A bronze plaque is dedicated to the memory of General
Maida who died in an air crash at Bintulu while en route to Labuan in
The old colonial buildings house the Labuan Museum and a handicraft
centre. There is also a memorial commemorating the formation of
Ayer (Water Villages)
The two main villages of Kampung Bebuloh and Kampung Patau-Patau
generally referred to as Kampung Ayer (Water Villages) were set up by
early Brunei-Malays in Labuan. Consisting of traditional houses built on
stilts over the water they are joined by a maze of interconnecting
Almost every house has its own boat (not car). The villages consist of
large communities with large shops, mosques and other facilities. There
is also a modem water village near Labuan Town complete with seafood
restaurants, shopping malls and a boardwalk. In addition, visitors can
stay in waterfront chalets or enjoy a host of waters sports activities.
Labuan International Sea Sports Complex
A world class water sports center, it is located at the waterfront area
along Jalan Tanjung Purun. The Labuan International Sea Sports Complex
is designed with three prominent structures connected to a main viewing
plaza. Every building houses a specific activity. Each of these imposing
towers is an integral part of a large modern water sports complex. The
architecture offers a dramatic expression of nature, tradition and
modern functionality. The complex houses the main sea sports centre, an
administrative block, a marine biology museum, souvenir shops and
eateries. It connects to the many ‘leisure walks’ on the beachfront.
Within the complex is the Museum of Marine Biology, the main plaza and
Handicraft Center and Eateries. The many fast food stall and small
eateries selling local fares, plus the many souvenir and handicraft
shops, make this place a hive of activities. It is a popular stopover
for visiting tourists.
The An'Nur Jamek Mosque
This unique and magnificent looking mosque featuring futuristic
architecture lies to the north of the town. The pride of Labuan's Muslim
community, it symbolizes their progressive spirit
The Labuan Clock Tower
Rebuilt in 2002, it is an exact replica of the original clock tower
built in 1906 by Straits Settlement’s businessman Chee Swee Cheng from
Malacca. Having had the distinction of being one of the four standing
structures that survived the Intense naval bombardments by the Allied
forces that completely devastated Victoria town (Labuan town), it was
nevertheless demolished by the British in 1948.