Popular locations in Kota Kinabalu


Penampang can be considered part of the Greater KK as it continuously progresses to become a thriving business hub. The main business activity of Penampang is in Donggongon town, a distance of 10km from KK city centre. It is well-known as a tourist attraction especially during May, when the Harvest Festival, the biggest celebration for the local indigenous community in Sabah, is held annually at Kadazandusun Cultural Association Sabah (KDCA).

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Passing the Sabah port, getting to Likas is only a few minutes’ drive from the city centre. Besides the abundance of government agencies in the area, investors may have opportunities in targeting the growing student population within the area as well due to the number of tertiary educations in the locality. In fact, Likas may be seeing a facelift as several expansive developments are in the midst of construction, such as the Likas Boulevard and Likas Vue.


Many have called the Luyang suburbs their forever home due to its well-established and strategic location that is easily accessible to the city centre. Within the district, it has many amenities such as private schools, private and public hospitals and various commercial centres. This is an area where investors could explore. A potential catalyst is also seen in Jesselton Twin Tower. Currently under construction, it will soon be the tallest building in KK.

This story first appeared in the E-weekly on April 23, 2021. You can access back issues here.

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