Atkinson Clock Tower

Kota Kinabalu

Atkinson Clock Tower is the oldest structure in Kota Kinabalu (Jesselton), a famous landmark that sits on a small hill overlooking the city at the back of town. Built in 1905 as a tribute to Jesselton's first district officer Francis George Atkinson who died of 'Borneo Fever' (malaria), the clock tower was an important geographical reference point for ships sailing into the bay during the colonial era.

Made of rainforest timber and renovated over the years, the structure is now a popular photography spot for visitors and tourists to Sabah - a small architectural bit that has witnessed over a generation of history transforming this backwater port into a modern bustling urban center today.