Asia

Day 4/12: Cruising the Streets of KK

— 28 Dec 2012 —

It was meant to be a family-free day today. Where we could get away from each other and regain some sanity, hoping we wouldn’t want to kill each other when we met up at the end of the day. That was the plan and as plans involving me never goes to plan, we spent ANOTHER day together. We took on a driver for a few of hours and cruised around in search of some “MUST SEE” places.

My highlights…

Atkinson Clock Tower

One of the oldest structures still standing in Sabah. It was built to commemorate the death of Francis George Atkinson, the city’s first district officer. Since its inception, it has been refurbished several times and plays a big role in the historical significance of the city.

Signal Hill Observatory

A great little nook where you can watch the people go about their business.

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

The second largest place of worship in the city, behind the Sabah State Mosque.

From the patterns on the mosque roof to the surrounding walls, there are elements of Islamic architecture such as geometry and arabesque ornament, present.

Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal

The capital city was formerly known as Jesselton when it was under the ruling of the Brits. Once the Brits left and Sabah became part of Malaysia, the city was renamed to Kota Kinabalu.

This is a good place to catch the boats out to the islands in the marine park.

From afar, the place looks nice and all but when you look a bit closer… (Hint: look what’s floating on the water)

City Park

The only patch of green within the city centre. The court complex sits on one side and the farmers’ markets sits on the other. And that’s where I headed to, obviously. Where else was I going to see mutant pineapples, mountains of strange-looking local produce and bags and bags of multi-coloured grains?

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