Kota Kinabalu Sabah | Famous KK Pasar Tamu or Gaya Street Sunday Market

Sabah can really be proud of its Tamu. In Malay language, ‘Tamu’ means open-air market. Traditionally a place where farmers, fishermen and vendors trade their produce, Sabah’s Tamu has certainly evolved to become a favorite hang-out place for locals and tourists.
Malaysia Monument - our starting point!
Sea of people at Tamu
I noticed this in my recent trip to Kota Kinabalu (KK). My Sabahan friend mentioned this before – if you come to KK and stay over the weekend, KK Pasar Tamu or Gaya Street Sunday Market is a place you must not miss.

Strategically located in the heart of KK city center, Gaya Street which is a home for many banks has definitely transformed into a colorful and vibrant place on Sunday.


Colorful and vibrant accessories for aquarium
Whatever prints you wish!
As Sabah receives early sunlight, traders in Gaya Street start as early as 6:00am. When we arrived around 7:15am, this place was already packed.
Ornamental fish for sale
Anyone want a pet?
Unlike open-air market in Peninsular Malaysia, here you can find many all sorts of things that are local produce, among others – local arts and handicrafts, souvenirs, layered cakes, biscuits and coffee powder. I bought a small packet of freshly packed Tenom White Coffee (Brand: 168 Enterprise), cost only RM5.00. 
Antique gong and ceramic products 
Other than that, you can also get live plants, pets, food and stuffs for pet, accessories such as pearls and crystals, clothing & handbags, including T-shirts which bear places of interest in Sabah. We also spotted some CD sellers dancing to the music – creative way to attract buyers!
She sells sea shells at the Tamu Market
Reach out for the greens
Although most items are affordable, we noticed that this place has become quite touristy. For example, souvenirs we bought at Kampung Ayer night market cost more here, perhaps due more foreign tourists frequenting this place. 
Tired legs? Afraid not, foot massage is avail here!
Nevertheless, this place is still worth a visit. So, make sure you hit Gaya Street Sunday Market when you are in KK on Sunday!
Jesselton Hotel - our ending point
Business/Opening hours:
Every Sunday 6:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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