Ultimate Guide to
Gaya Street Sunday Market
Will you be spending your weekend Borneo Holidays in Kota Kinabalu City? If you are, don’t forget to drop by Gaya Street Sunday Market. Gaya Street is well known as Bond Street during the British Colonial era, established in 1902. Besides, Gaya Street is also known as Chinatown of Sabah Borneo as there are many Chinese coffee shops and restaurants operating in this area. One of the many attractions here is the Chinese architectural arch which was built in 2005.
Main attraction which pulls local and tourist alike to come here during the weekend is the Gaya Street Sunday Market, located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu City and held on Sundays. Locals and travelers will roam around the market to see some local goods and food sold at the market.
Every sunday, early in the wee hours of the morning, the road from the Chinese architectural arch to Jesselton Hotel area will be closed. The market will start as early as 6 am in the morning until 1 pm in the afternoon. If you’re not a fan of having tan lines, make sure to use sunscreen and a hat as the weather tends to get hotter pass 8am.
From selling local handicrafts, freshly ground coffee beans of the famous coffee from Tenom Town, everyday clothing, sunglasses, hats, accessories, local handmade soaps, arts and crafts, to local jungle produce, you’ll be sure to find interesting things which you can take back with you as gifts or remembrance.
You can see Chinese Architectural Arch at the Gaya Street Sunday Market
Gaya Street Sunday Market is famous amongst the local and tourist alike. Do be mindful when strolling along the market!
Antiques and traditional instruments from Sabah Borneo sold at Gaya Street Sunday Market
Fancy for some unique pottery vase as souvenirs? Check out this hand-carved pottery vase made by locals and based on Borneo tribal motif.
How about some local made necklaces and crafts that you can bring back to your hometown? There are various designs and patterns that you can find at the Gaya Street Sunday Market. Be sure to use your negotiation skills when you bargain for a cheaper price.
Have you ever seen these many colorful dreamcatchers in front of you? Fascinating, right?
Myriad of seashells! Handpicked or farmed by locals, and some even crafted intricately for interior designs
If you’re into local produce without leaving the city, here is the best place to try some!
Did you know locals plant their own roselle fruits? It is deemed to give many health benefits to anyone. Some locals usually use roselle to make juice/tea drink, cakes, or even homemade jam.
You can also find handmade natural soap bars sold there too. Made by the locals using the natural jungle produce, herbs, flowers, or more. There is one handmade soap bar that caught my attention, which is Montoku soap bar! Montoku is a traditional alcoholic beverage for Kadazandusun tribe, and now it can be used as soap too. Wow!
Want to beat the heat? Have some ice cream! The Caprilla ice cream truck is the oldest ice cream truck since 1987 and it is still operating until now. (Photo: AYK26)
Green water fountain in the middle of the market and also a roundabout for vehicles.
Gaya Street Sunday Market is also a perfect place for street photography. You can take pictures of almost everything there to show off its striking beauty and colorfulness. Although it will be very hot and crowded, it is still worth it in your Borneo Holidays trip! Want to know other interesting things to do in Kota Kinabalu City? Click here to read!
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