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Kota Kinabalu Sights and Landmarks Guide, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu is the fastest growing city of Malaysia due to its double advantages. Firstly, Kota Kinabalu is the industrial hub of Eastern Malaysia and secondly Kota Kinabalu is a major tourism spot in Malaysia. There are many cultural and historical areas which tourists would love to visit.

 Sabah State Museum, which is located in the proximity of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, is one of the most important museums in and around Sabah. Near this museum, one will find many other interesting places to visit and hence their visit to the museum will give them the opportunity to enjoy the other sights too. Science and Technology Centre, the Ethno Botanic Garden, and Sabah Art Gallery are also located near the Sabah State Museum.

 The Wisma Budaya Art Gallery located in the center of city regularly hosts some regional as well as some national art exhibitions. Monsopiad Cultural Village (also known as Kampung Monsopiad) regularly hosts cultural shows which focus on the culture of Kadazan Dusun.

 Sabah was declared independent in Town Padang (also known as Padang Merdeka) and this was the time when Malaysia started to take shape. This declaration was done on September 16th, 1963 (which is now called as Malaysia Day) by the chief minister of Sabah, Tun Fuad Stephens. Town Padang (which happens to be a ground) is famous for its City Day function on February 2nd, Merdaka Day feature which is held on August 31st every year, and many other functions which features guests from the complete state as well as from the rest of the nation.

 In 1905 Mary Edith Atkinson built Atkinson Clock Tower (somewhere near Bandaran Berjaya). This tower is a major tourist spot nowadays although Atkinson built it for the memory of Francis George Atkinson, her son. This tower happens to be one of those three building which weren’t destroyed during the World War II, although it is said that the complete location was destroyed in World War II.

 Stilt villages are houses located on costal shallow waters and these happen to be another tourist spot in Malaysia. The mosque of Sembulan has its dome embedded with gold and it is the largest mosque of Sabah. Another important monument, which tourists must visit, is the City Mosque of Likas Bay.

Sabah Foundation Building (now known as Tun Mustapha Tower) is a 30 storey building which is covered with glass only. This building is supported by steel rods and there are only 3 more buildings around the world which are built using this concept.


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