Oct 26, 2010

Atkinson Clock Tower (KK Clock Tower)

From Signal Hill we’ve walk down to one of the most enduring landmarks in Kota Kinabalu, which has stood prominently on the bluff along Signal Hill Road, the Atkinson Clock Tower (Kota Kinabalu Clock Tower).  It was built in 1902, by Mary Edith Atkinson and finish in 1905 in memory of her son Francis George Atkinson (the first district officer of KK was died of a tropical disease at the age of 28). This all-wood, no-nails structure was originally built by Mirabau wood stands at 157 meters (48 feet) high,  formerly used as a navigation aid for ships. It is one of only three pre-World War II buildings to survive the war.

The Atkinson Clock Tower is managed by the Sabah Museum under its Antiquity and History section. It was refurnished in 1959, took care and maintenance by Sabah Museum in 1979, gazette as a Government Reserve in August 1983 and was designated as a heritage site in 1998.

Getting There: You can stroll there or take any taxi. From the bottom of Signal Hill Road at Padang Merdeka, turn left to get to the clock site. Or view it from the city.

Some photos are courtesy of Don D.

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