Atkinson Clock Tower, Kota Kinabalu

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The Atkinson Clock Tower is the oldest standing structure in Kota Kinabalu. It was originally known as the Atkinson Memorial Clock Tower and sits in solitary on the bluff along Signal Hill Road overlooking this seaside city and capital of Sabah, Malaysia.HistoryThe clock tower was built in the memory of Francis George Atkinson, Jesselton’s first district officer who died of Malaria or ‘Borneo Fever’ at the age of 28 in December 1902. His mother Mrs Mary Edith Atkinson presented a two-faced clock to Jesselton town as a tribute to the memory of her son and it was decided later that a clock tower would be built in his honour. The structure was commissioned on 20 April 1905. A road was also named after him – Atkinson Drive, now renamed as Jalan Istana that links Tuaran Road over the ridge and downtown Kota Kinabalu.The clock tower was originally built using Mirabau wood. Its construction was financed by Atkinson’s friends and most probably built with additional funds channelled from shipwright of visiting naval vessels (the internal carpentry of the clock tower has all the hallmarks of a ship’s carpenter). While still under construction the clock started working on 19 April 1905 and its chimes could be heard all over the town. The structure was finally completed in 1905. The clock was made by William Potts and Sons in Leeds, England. The company was established in 1883 and became the part of Smith of Derby Group in 1933. The UK office is now at 112 Alfreton Road, Derby.
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  • The Clock Tower is well worth the walk, it is part of the history of Kota Kinabalu, one of the few sites which was not wrecked in World War II, learn all about the area, reading the notice board at th...  more »
  • We are stroll through the streets of Rome to see the clock floor, the clock is not big, side has a history of the clock upstairs, can not be far from the letter mountain to arrange itinerary, is transformed has historical meaning of the building
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  • The clock itself is quite old and is a little far away. I had expected something more but it is fun to see and if you can combine with a walk to jet viewpoint on Signall Hill then it is well worth it. It also gives some information about the clock itself and a little history about the place is always nice to know.
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  • One of the most famous historical landmarks in KK. Over a century old and still standing strong.
  • Amazing history, easy climb through stairs, and with a good spot to take photos. But no other activities than viewing.
  • A historical to see if youre nearby and have some free times. Parking is available (behind Atkinson Tower). From here you can go to Observary deck as well.
  • Heh, Nothing much here. Just a tower in the middle of an unkept place. n
  • a piece of the colonial power's presence in Sabah

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In the area of Sepanggar you'll find the main set of hotels, ranging from simple and mid-priced, to the more luxurious with good sea views. Move away from the coast for more space and privacy in resort-style hotels, which offer a range of facilities and comfortable, sometimes quirky rooms and apartments. Farther out still, you'll find backpacker motels, giving easy access to the surrounding natural attractions that, after all, are the primary reason for being here.
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