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Api-Api- the Town that Rises from the Ashes

Kota Kinabalu, affectionately known as KK by the locals, is the coastal capital city of Sabah, where sandy beaches with tall coconut & palm trees can be seen in abundance. Originally known as Jesselton, named in honour of  Sir Charles Jessel, a high ranking officer of the then British North Borneo Company. It underwent name change in the 1960s when Sabah (then North Borneo) became independent and joined Malaya to form the federation of Malaysia. KK is also known as Api Api (Fire ! Fire!)- so called as it supposedly derived its name from the time when KK was actually located in the Pulau Gaya island opposite the present mainland location, but got burnt down by pirates pervasive at the time. The present capital location was relocated from the island after it was razed and destroyed. 

New Town

New Town

Kota Kinabalu has now become a modern city with modern facilities. Shops, malls, restaurants and entertainment joints are now dotted around the city centre. Nightspots are not in any short supply at all- plenty of choice selections to pick from both for the city folks and visitors alike.

KK Proper

KK Proper

 Some interesting places to visit when you are in KK:
 Australia Place, Atkinson Clock Tower, Tugu Peringatan Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, KK Coastal Highway, Double Six Monument, Signal Hill Observatory, Gaya Street Sunday Market, KK Esplanade, Sabah State Museum & Heritage Village, KK Waterfront, Jesselton Point,  State Mosque and City Mosque.
Merdeka Memorial

Merdeka Memorial

Some of these places can be found in my other posts, others will be covered in the future posts

On the outskirts of the city there are some notable places to pay a visit as well:

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (Zoo), Monsopiad Cultural Village, Petegas War Memorial, Kasigui, Donggongon, Poh Toh Tze temple, Sabah Foundation Building, Tun Fuad Stephen Park, North Borneo Railway, St Michael Church, Tanjung Aru Beach, Tungku Abdul Rahman Park isands.

KK City Centre

KK City Centre

For those who prefer to venture further afield from the  city itself, you will find plenty of  tourist attractions in their natural environmental settings- pristine rainforests, sandy beaches and islands. And for those who are adventurous enough- jungle trekkings, mountain-climbings, island hoppings & white water-raftings are fully served by a few tour operators located at Wisma Sabah and around KK city.

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