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Kota Kinabalu ~ Sights I

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The Sunday Gaya Street Fair   Tanjung Aru Beach Signal Hill
The Atkinson Clock Tower

The Sunday Gaya Street Fair

Originally known as Bond Street, this is the main street of Kota Kinabalu. It also has many eateries open during the day and night. Every Sunday morning, Gaya Street is closed to traffic for the Gaya Street Fair.

The tamu, as the morning market is called starts about 6.30am and until its closing time around noon, hawkers and vendors do a roaring, and at times, noisy trade selling food, local cakes, potted plants, sea shells, clothes, antiques, pottery, puppies, birds, ornamental fish and other stranger animals. There is something for everybody tribal artifacts, Filipino handicrafts made of shells, fibres and pearls, Sabah handicrafts, ancient brass gongs, Chinese ceramics, the famous Tenom coffee and traditional medicine, etc. There are also mobile health clinics offering minor check-ups. It's amazing what you  may find at the Gaya Street Fair.
Location: Jalan Gaya in the Eastern edge of Kota Kinabalu old quarter of town

Tanjung Aru Beach
Located at the end of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman at just about 10 minutes drive away from the city centre is the popular tanjung Aru Beach. Taking its name from the casuarinas or aru trees that fringe the fine sands, this is where one might get a ringside seat to the greatest sunset on earth every evening when the crimson sun dips slowly into the horizon, leaving the vast skies a brilliant red. Food-stalls serving local food and drinks are open till late at night. Enjoy coconut and sugarcane juice, chicken or beef satay and steamed peanuts and corn, or indulge in a full-course dinner at the seafood restaurant located there.

Signal Hill
As the name suggests, this is a hill once used to signal ships approaching the harbour. The roofed observation platform is situated on the edge of Signal Hill, or Bukit Bendera, offers one of the best places to get a good view of Kota Kinabalu. The airy deck where you can get a bird's eye view of the town centre, as well as a distant view of the Tanjung Aru and Likas Bay areas. From here the view that extend to the outlying islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and and some of the traditional villages built on stilts in the sea. The Kota Kinabalu coastline is clearly visible from this point. This observatory can be quite lonely at times. Hence, it is not recommended for visitors to go there at night, especially if you are alone or a company of two. For bigger groups, it should be no problem to visit there at all.

The Atkinson Clock Tower

Built in 1903 on a bluff along Signal Hill Road adjacent to the old Police Station is this this all-wood, no-nails clock tower. Mary Edith Atkinson built the Tower in memory of her son, Francis George Atkinson the popular first District Officer of then Jesselton who died of 'Borneo fever' (malaria) in 1902 at the age of 28.

This quaint old clock tower has the distinction of being one of the 3 structures of having survived the allied bombings of the town in World War II. As late as 1956, the lights of the clock tower were used as navigation aids by local shipping.







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