Atkinson Clock Tower, Kota Kinabalu

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1.6/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
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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  • 前往澳洲坊的路上,突然轉頭一看鐘樓就在你的右上方,簡單的一座英式及南洋風格的鐘樓是為了紀念一位人物,鐘樓下方有解說牌可以認識歷史文化,步行樓梯約3分鐘即可抵達鐘樓外面,但無法進入。 
  • 超過100年歷史的艾京生鐘樓, 是座木結構的正方形建築, 是紀念哥打京那巴魯的第一任總督法蘭西斯喬治艾京生(Francis George Atkinson)命名. 全天開放, 無需門票 
  • Dont know what it is about...can be seen from the main road. Just worth seeing it once dont make a plan out of it 
  • 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.
  • History of the tower is interesting to learn
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