Gaya Street

Kota Kinabalu

Gaya Street is KK's very own Chinatown - a tourist belt comprising restaurants, shops, banks, hotels and services spanning 1km in length from City Park at south to Jesselton Point at north. While the street is an urban center of activity almost daily, it is only on Sunday when the weekly 'Tamu' (open market) transforms the stretch into a mess of colouful stalls, noisy crowds and vibrant trading.

Beginning from early morning till late afternoon, the bazaar captures a snapshot of local life and culture in Sabah, evident from objects and services on barter both familar and strange, eaten or used. This event is common around Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia (known there as 'Pasar Malam').