» Malaysia: Borneo, Sabah – Menara Tun Mustapha Landmark and Double Six Monument
Malaysia: Borneo, Sabah – Menara Tun Mustapha Landmark and Double Six Monument
We bring you next part of our Borneo series. Let's see where we went next.
Menara Tun Mustapha
Situated 5 kilometers or 15 minutes from Kota Kinabalu downtown this place was formerly known as Sabah Foundation Building. A tower of circular plan is 122 meters high and features 30 floors. It is situated near Likas Bay. Being local main landmark, it is a place easy to recognize. Inside there are steel brackets butresing each floor. Upon its completion in the year 1977, it was one of the three buildings in the world based on its original design. Its facade is made entirely of glass and it is the highest building on Borneo. Also, it is the only building in Asia featuring 72-side polygonal floors without columns. Columns are replaced, as stated before, by brackets. Also inside, there is an auditiorum, two small theaters. Theme-exhibitions take place here and additionally there is a gym, kindergarten, and a large scientific library.
Tun Datu Mustapha (Tun Datu Haji Mustapha bin Datu Harun by full name) gave the name to the building. He was the very first governor of Sabah. Also, he was the third prime minister during the years 1967 and 1975. Tun Datu Mustapha died in the year 1996. His body was burried inside his monument near Tambunan, a place worth seeing.
Double Six Monument
Double Six Monument jis devoted to Tun Fuad Stephense, the first prime minister of Sabah. He diead at plane accident. The monument is situated in Grace Park, a beautiful park. The monument consists of an arch and a obelisk featuring a memorial plaquete describing facts and names of persons whom the memorial is devoted to. For more information on the tragic, there is a gallery right next to the entrance. Inside you may see photographs, newspaper scraps, and other memories to ugly stories.
At the monument, you will learn a heartbreaking story which once happened in Sabah. It was here where many important politically active people where murdered. The Double Six monument shows a stark contrast to surrounding places. Seeing the memorial will help you to understand many interesting stories of local people. It is a memory to determination and loyality to the country – locals had to try hard. However, these might not be the best place for foreign visitors to see. However, for locals it is one of the most important landmarks reminding them of one of the greatest stories of their past.
V parku se nachází také komplex Grace Point compound, a huge cafe featuring booth of local producers and international ones is also situated in the park. Near the park, there is Sutera Harbour Resort with an interesting bakery selling local specialties.
GPS: 6°01'01.3"N 116°06'34.7"E
Text and photos: Monika Fuchsová
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Borneo island consists of two parts. The souther part belongs to Indonesia, the northern to Malaysia. We are headed to the north to Sabah state which is home to many exotic plant and animal species.
After visiting North Sumatra we return to Malaysia, but this time not back to Kuala Lumpur, but heading north. We fly to the northwest coast of Malaysia, to the state of Penang (also Pinang), which consists of the main island with the capital George Town, the mainland (Seberang Perai) and other smaller islands.
From Penang harbor we set off with a small ferry to the very popular and popular tourist resort - the island of Langkawi (Pulau Langkawi). It takes about three hours to get there, and it is definitely a good idea to take something warmer, because the ferry is extremely cold due to extreme air conditioning. Outside the closed part of the ship, unfortunately, there is not much room for comfortable long journey. The island can also be transported by air, such as from Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
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After hot days on the sunny island of Langkawi, we move to the coldest area of our journey - the Cameron Highlands. Located at a higher altitude, there are lower temperatures, which is a bit unusual for us in Malaysia. But it is nothing dramatic, the windbreaker and long pants are enough for morning and evening. Our destination for the next two nights is the city of Tanah Rata, which will also serve as a starting point for our two scheduled trips.
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