Stilt village and State Mosque in Kota Kinabalu, Asia's fastest growing city and capital of Sabah, northern tip of Borneo, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Asia

State Mosque

Kota Kinabalu

Sabah's State Mosque is a perfect example of contemporary Malay Muslim architecture: all modernist facade and geometric angles. The building is south of the city centre, past the Kampung Air stilt village, not far from the Sabah Museum; you'll see the striped minaret and chevronned dome on your way to or from the airport. Non-Muslim visitors are allowed inside, but should dress appropriately.

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Nearby Kota Kinabalu attractions

1. Sabah Museum


About 2km south of the city centre, this museum provides an introduction to Sabah's indigenous cultures, with displays focusing on the traditional attire,…

2. Museum of Islamic Civilisation

0.53 MILES

This collection of historical objects from all over the Islamic world is very engaging. Look out for replica mosques from Melaka and Sandakan, ornate…

3. Sabah Art Gallery

1.11 MILES

The first 'green' building in Sabah has outdoor sculpture displays and hosts contemporary art exhibitions by the likes of Francis Cheong and Awang Fadilah…

4. Che Sui Khor Moral Uplifting Society

1.39 MILES

About four minutes' drive northeast of KK, this complex has an 11-storey pagoda that shimmers in orange and green. The society espouses believing in the…

5. Night Market

1.49 MILES

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6. Central Market

1.65 MILES

The Central Market is a bustling spot for people watching, with locals going about their daily business as they shop for fresh produce.

7. Tanjung Aru

1.67 MILES

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8. Atkinson Clock Tower


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