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Tun Mustapha Tower (Formerly known as Sabah Foundation Building)

Sabah Kota Kinabalu Vacation Guide and City Attractions


Tun Mustapha Tower (formerly Sabah Foundation Building) is the most recognizable man-made structure in Sabah and is the pride of the Sabahan people. This is a must stop place for visitor and tourist for a photo shoot. Built in 1977, this 30-storey tower with a height of 400 feet (122 m) is the tallest building in Sabah. This unique cylindrical tower has a 72-sided polygon with a bluish glass facade. It was designed with a central core supported by high-tensile steel rods and brackets to hold each floor, making each floor column-free. Formerly known as Sabah Foundation Building, it was renamed to Tun Mustapha Tower as an honor to Sabah's first governor.

Tun Mustapha Tower serves as the state administrative center and to house government offices. There is also an auditorium, mini-theatres, exhibition foyer, gymnasium, kindergarten and library in the tower. The main attraction of the tower is a revolving restaurant on the 18th floor. From this restaurant, which makes a complete rotation every one hour, you can view the surrounding area of Kota Kinabalu and Likas Bay. The restaurant opens daily from 11am to 11pm except on Monday.

Another attraction at the tower is the Tun Mustapha Gallery, which is located at the podium level of the tower. The gallery was opened in 2006 to showcases the life of Sabah's first governor, i.e. Tun Mustapha. Here you can view his pictures, personal collections and various memorabilia. There is also a souvenir shop selling locally made handicraft from the various Sabah's ethnics here.

Getting There: The tower is located at Likas Bay, which is about 2.5 miles (4km) northeast of the city. It takes about 10-minute drive to go there from the city center by bus or taxi.

Tun Mustapha Tower (Sabah Foundation Building)  
Night View of Tun Mustapha Tower

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