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, Malaysian Borneo.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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  • Easy to access from most hotels. Important culturally but not mind blowing. One of main attractions so worth a picture  more »
  • 在這裡附近可以搭車到神山或者其他區域,很靠近這裡會有許多人要拉覽觀光客,大家要記得這裡就是可以到神山的小巴士聚集處。  more »
  • What can I say, its a clock tower on a hill, you cant get up close to it as its protected by a picket fence, you cant go up to the top of ot as its permanently closed. its a nice photo opportunity the...  more »
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  • Great place to see the sunset, it's good to see the tower preserved because so little survived the destruction wrought in the war.
  • From website, it's stated as KK oldest building. From the look, it's not very tall and with simple design. I actually stumbled upon it across the street when I was looking for food on Gaya street.
  • A waste of time. You can't find any attraction besides looking at a dumb clock tower.
  • Oldest building in KK. Take a picture and go, anyway it's a waste of time to get there.
  • Its just a old clock tower. Just took picture with it and that is.