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Kota Kinabalu ~ Sights II

• History & People • Kota Kinabalu • Kinabalu Park • Kudat • Sandakan • Wetlands Nature Retreats •
• Other Places • Mantanani Island • Pulau Tiga • Danum Valley • Pulau Layang Layang • Sipadan Dive Islands •

• Menara Tun Mustapha (Tun Mustapha Tower)  • Sabah State Museum •
• Sabah State Mosque • Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre • Tamu Penampang •

Menara Tun Mustapha (Tun Mustapha Tower)
Located at Likas Bay, about 10 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu, At 122 metres, is Borneo’s highest tower. Formerly known as the Sabah Foundation Building, when completed in in 1977, it was one of the three such buildings in the world based on this design concept. This magnificent glass-shrouded tower of 72 sides rising 30 storeys into the sky, dominates the landscape.  It has a central core with steel brackets supporting each floor. On the 18th floor is the revolving restaurant offering an atmosphere where you can enjoy a different dining experience.

Sabah State Museum
Located at Old Palace Hill ( Bukit Istana Lama ) in Kota Kinabalu. This complex is unique ias it houses in one place the museum proper, an ethnobotanic garden, a zoological garden and a heritage village. Based on the architecture of Murut and Rungus longhouses, the museum consists of several galleries. Interesting exhibits include ceramics, traditional weapons and costumes reflect the diversity of the State's culture and traces Sabah's early trade links. The museum also houses musical instruments, tools and ritual paraphernalia.
 Next to the Science Centre is the Multivision Theatre (Wacana Room) and
 the Sabah Art Gallery
Open: Mon – Thur (10 am – 6 pm), Sat & Sun (9 am – 6 pm)
Location: Jalan Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu, 4 km or about 15 minutes from the City Centre.
Link - Sabah Museum

Sabah State Mosque
Located at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and near the Sabah State Muzium, the mosque is a unique combination of prevailing Islamic architecture and contemporary design. Visible visible on the way to and from the airport, the building has a large dome which has a honeycomb pattern design and golden motifs'. Avoid visiting on Fridays which is the day of
prayer for Muslims.

Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre

If you want to see how nature works to prevent soil erosion or just want to see up close the unique flora and fauna species of a mangrove wetland, head for the Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary (KKCBS) in the state of Sabah. Situated just two kilometers north-east of Kota Kinabalu City at Likas, it was once known as the Likas Wetlands (or Likas Mangrove), then named as Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary, it is now the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre (KKWC). This 24 hectares (60 acres) site is the only remaining patch of a once extensive mangrove forest found in the
coastal town of Kota Kinabalu.

Birds are attracted to the site's mangrove plants and trees. To date, more than 85 bird species have been recorded. Located on the migration route from northern Asia, it is an important feeding and breeding ground for many migratory birds. Commonly sighted birds here include the migratory species from as far as Northern Asia, Siberia and Northern China like the sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank, egrets and herons as well as canopy birds such as White Collared Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Green Imperial Pigeon and Spotted Dove. There is also a breeding colony of Purple Herons coexisting with Rufous Night Herons and Black-crowned Night Herons. Other mangrove wildlife includes mudskipper, fiddler crab, mud crab, horseshoe crab, water snakes, monitor lizards, butterflies, weaver ants and more. There is a 1.5 km. boardwalk leading into the mangrove forest. There is also a bird watching hide, tower hide, and outdoor classroom.

Tamu Penampang
Penampang - made up of a tight-knit Kadazandusun community, is a bustling district which us about 15 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu. Dongonggon, considered the heart of Penampang, is the place to be every Thursday and Friday for this is when the Tamu (market) takes place. Traders come out in full force to sell their best produce, ranging from fresh vegetables to handicrafts. The Tamu Penampang is particularly famous for its tapai or lihing (rice wine) and jars of bambangan (a wild mango usually pickled) and tuhau(a ginger-like plant which has been pounded and mixed with lime juice, onion and chillies). Want the truly exotic- Give the sago worms, or butod, a try! Held on Thursdays and Fridays ans as most ‘tamu' they operate as early as 6am and close by 2pm

The weekly tamu - or open air markets - are still very important and are more than mere markets. The tamu still serves as a gathering where friends meet, make new acquaintances, exchange news and gossips. If you wish to know in which village there will be a wedding during the upcoming week-end, you have to go to the tamu!







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