Kota Kinabalu Heritage Walk

Kota Kinabalu was formerly known as Jesselton, and it is a rather young city with only about one hundred years of history. Jesselton came into administration at the turn of the 20th Century. The Kota Kinabalu Heritage Walk is centred around three areas, namely Gaya Street, Beach Street and Jesselton Point. This is a relativitely easy walk that will take about 2 to 3 hours. The best place to start the KK Heritage Walk would be the town padang, which cuts into Signal Hill. Located at the back of the State Library which in turn was next to the City Hall Building. Important events, games, parades, and even horse racing had been staged on this field in the past, and it is still being used for important events until this very day.

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Old Clock Tower

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atkinson clock tower

During the Second World War, from 1941 to 1945, the whole of North Borneo was under the occupation of the Japanese Imperial Army. Toward the end of the War, while the Allied Forces was fighting hard for the liberation of North Borneo, Jesselton was heavily bombarded by the Allied air force for days. Jesselton is the former name of Kota Kinabalu, before the independent in 1963 from the British Empire. Jesselton was so badly hit, that almost every buildings in the town was destroyed.

I am glad that Atkinson Clock Tower survived this, for it stands proudly as the oldest building in the vicinity of Kota Kinabalu City. Believe me, it is not easy to find buildings in Kota Kinabalu that has a 100 years old history.

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