Things to Do

REVISITING SABAH'S HISTORY

Sabah State Museum
Travel back in time and learn about Sabah’s interesting history by visiting the Sabah State Museum. Built in 1985, the Museum complex is consists of the Main Building, Science and Education Centre, Heritage Village, Sabah Art Gallery and Museum of Islamic Civilization.
Visitors will be amazed by the collections of ceramics, traditional weapons and costumes that reflect the diversity of the State's culture and traces Sabah's early trade links with the neighbouring countries of Southeast Asia and China. The museum also displays traditional musical instruments, tools and ritual paraphernalia. At the end of your visit, don’t forget to step into the Heritage Village where you will marvel at different types of traditional houses of the various indigenous groups of Sabah. Stand a chance to see cultural activities held in the Heritage Village.

The Sabah State Museum is located on Jalan Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu, approximately 15 minutes from the KK City Centre.

Getting There
By bus, take the No.13 (towards Penampang) from either bus stations in front of City Hall or Wawasan Plaza in KK and indicate your stop to the driver. You will have to walk up to the main building. Bus fare is RM1.00.
By taxi, the fare is approximately RM12 to 15.00 for up to 4 persons.

Opening hours
Daily from 9.00am till 5.00pm

Admission fees
Malaysian - RM2.00
Others - RM15.00

Picture-taking is only allowed outside the buildings.

Kundasang War Memorial
If you are keen to learn about the world war history, Kundasang War Memorial is very much the place you should visit. Located just a few kilometres from Kinabalu Park, it is an ideal place for a detour. The war memorial was established in 1962 to commemorate the brave Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II. The memorial also constructed in remembrance of the people of North Borneo who sacrificed their lives to help the POWs.

The Memorial boasts four beautiful gardens namely the Australian Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool, each represents the different nationalities. Taking a walk and taking pictures in these beautifully landscaped gardens are indeed enjoyable. Visitors can also opt to watch a brief video on the history of the Sandakan Death March.

Getting There
Kundasang is located 90km, about 2 hrs driving from Kota Kinabalu and only 10 minutes driving from Kinabalu Park. Take a bus from the Jalan Padang Bus Terminal to Kundasang or Ranau for approximately RM17.00 per person. A taxi from the Ranau Taxi Stand (located beside the Merdeka Field) or from your hotel should cost around RM160.00 to RM300.00 per taxi.

Opening hours
Open daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm

Maintenance fee
Malaysian: RM2.00
Others: RM10.00


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