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Gaya Street Sunday Market

After sunset watching the evening before, I went to see sunrise at Kota Kinabalu Waterfront the following morning. We woke up around 0530 in the morning and reached the section of Waterfront in front of Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu 5 minutes before 0600. I quickly set my camera onto the tripod and awaiting the moment the sun rose from the sea level. 5 minutes passed, then 10 minutes, then 15 minutes, 20 minutes; the sky slowly turned bright and yet the sunrise was nowhere to be seen! Asking the locals only to find out that this is not an ideal place to see sunrise as the sun rises from behind those high rise buildings! Damn! Nonetheless, I still managed to take some really good dawn pictures!

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The sky is still dark

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At dawn

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Dawn at Kota Kinabalu Waterfront (click for wallpaper size)

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Swordfish statue in front of Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

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The sky turned bright

We went back to our hostel to clean ourselves and take bath. Yes, I had not brushed my teeth and washed my face when I first woke up for the sunrise watching! After breakfast, we proceeded to the famous Sunday Market along the Gaya Street. Formerly known as Bond Street, Gaya Street is situated right in the heart of Kota Kinabalu city centre. The 2 rows of shops at the centre of Gaya Street are the oldest shops in Kota Kinabalu. Today, Gaya Street has the highest concentration of backpacker hotels in Kota Kinabalu. Our hostel, Borneo Backpackers is situated just off the Gaya Street and is less than a minute walk to the Gaya Street Sunday Market.

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Gaya Street

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Oldest shops in Kota Kinabalu

Gaya Street has been the venue for the weekly Sunday Market in Kota Kinabalu. The Sunday Market is open from as early as 0600 in the morning till 1300 in the afternoon. Hawkers, both locally and from outside of Kota Kinabalu, gather along the Gaya Street every Sunday to sell everything from traditional ethnic cultural souvenirs to pets and flowers, all at bargain prices. The Sunday Market is very popular among locals and tourists.

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Entrance to Gaya Street

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Big crowds!

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Big crowds!

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Big crowds!

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Corals for souvenirs?

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Seashells for souvenirs?

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Seashells for souvenirs?

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Seashells for souvenirs?

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Seashells for souvenirs?

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Stuffed starfishes

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Cultural performance

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Souvenirs

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I ban this!!!

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Tortoises

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Rabbits in the cage

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Poor puppies!

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Poor puppies!

I am always against pet selling. But on Gaya Street, I found the biggest pet selling street fair I have ever seen in life. Look at those poor helpless puppies in the cages. I cannot help but feel pity for them! Dear pet lovers, do you like to be put into confinement like those cute little puppies too? Confucius once said, “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself” (己所不欲,勿施于人). Ever heard of the sentence?

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