Introductions to Kota Kinabalu

Sabah’s capital, Kota Kinabalu, is a charming heritage town once called Jesselton by the British.

The largest city in Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is strategically stretched out along the east coast of Borneo island facing the South China Sea.

Often referred to as ‘KK’ by the locals, it is the gateway to Sabah and the base for hundreds of trekkers who come to climb the majestic Mount Kinabalu, located a short 88km away.

The charming historic town centre has many attractions, such as the colonial Atkinson Clock Tower and Signal Hill that are reminiscent of the city’s past as a British colony.

As a coastal town, it also comes as no surprise that Kota Kinabalu is famous for its fresh and delicious seafood. The many markets and restaurants that dot the town center are testament to its lively dining scene.

As the cultural, political and administrative hub of Sabah, this growing city of about 600,000 inhabitants are made up of a diverse mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian, indigenous and Filipino population.

Kota Kinabalu is one of Malaysia’s fastest growing cities and with a thriving economy, it has a lot of potential for development and tourism – definitely not one to be missed if you’re heading to Borneo.

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