KK Heritage Walk

KK Heritage Walk

Walk and learn

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You can read about the history of Kota Kinabalu in most guidebooks or do a bit a googling, but nothing beats walking down the street with a well-informed guide pointing out things and telling you its hidden story. A boring looking plaque comes alive and a fading building has more layers than the peeling paint reveals.

Travelfish says:

Unfortunately Kota Kinabalu doesn’t have a lot of physical evidence of its history as it was almost completely destroyed in World War II, but the extremely knowledgeable and passionate guides from KK Heritage Walk are able to raise tales from the ashes and throw in some fun alongside the lessons.

All is revealed during a tour. : Sally Arnold.
All is revealed during a tour. Photo: Sally Arnold

KK Heritage Walk offer a two-and-a-half hour walking tour of the city that is a crash course in local history. The interesting commentary covers the pre-war, post-war and post-independence eras of Kota Kinabalu and visits notable sites including Padang Merdeka, the location Independence was declared; Atkinson Clock Tower; the North Borneo War Memorial and Australia Place, where the Australian Forces set up camps during WWII. The walk concludes in a local kedai kopi, one of the oldest coffee shops in KK.

The easy-paced tour is informative and interesting — full of anecdotes, and personal insight that a guidebook can’t offer. Recommended for history buffs.

Classic KK. : Sally Arnold.
Classic KK. Photo: Sally Arnold

The price of 120 ringgit includes local snacks, coffee and a souvenir. Advance booking is a must and the tour requires at least four participants to run.

Contact details for KK Heritage Walk

Address: Central Kota Kinabalu
T: (012) 802 8823;  
info@kkheritagewalk.com
http://www.kkheritagewalk.com
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º4'36.65" E, 5º58'52.05" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Admission: 120 ringgit

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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