Friday, June 6, 2014

Visit Malaysia Year 2014 - Sunday Market, Sabah

To support Visit Malaysia Year 2014, I will be writing on various tourist attractions in the country. Let us work together to bring in tourists to our lovely Malaysia.


Pasar malam (night market) is something that we Malaysians are quite used to. Almost every area has its own night market once every week. In fact, a visit to pasar malam is quite a tourist attraction by itself. However, when it comes to sunday market, there can't be that many around the country and if so, none as big as the one on Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu.

Gaya Street

No cars are allowed during this period

My first visit to the morning market took me by surprise by its massive size. The whole street, which is a backpacker haven and where I was based at when I was in the capital city, was closed from vehicles to accommodate the many makeshift hawker stalls opening just for that day. From one end to another, the whole road was decorated with large, colourful umbrellas, protecting them from the merciless sun.


The locals are doing shopping in the market as well

There are surprisingly many things to see and buy here in Sunday Market. I was expecting something along the line of souvenir stalls targeting guillible tourists but instead, there are more locals traversing along the street, looking for some bargain buys or locally produced products. In fact, it reminded me more of the famous weekend market in Bangkok, Chatuchak Market.

Handmade soaps

Unfortunately, these adorable dogs are for sale too

This is definitely one market not to be missed when in Kota Kinabalu.

Info Box

Sunday Market,
Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
The market starts from 5.30 a.m. and most likely open until 1.00 p.m. Vehicles are not allowed to use the street from 5.00 a.m. onwards.
For more information, click here.

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