Kota Kinabalu Handicraft Center or popularly known as Filipino Market (Pasar Filipina in malay term) among the locals and tourists is one of the must see place in Kota Kinabalu City.
In that market you can find many kinds of handcrafts and fantastic souvenirs for reasonable prices.
However do take extra precautionary when buying anything at Kota Kinabalu Handicraft Market.
Ask for the lowest price possible and you’ll be surprise how low you can get for each item.
TIPS: Pick up some local lingo to improve your bargaining skills and you might even walk away a steal.The attendants here are very friendly and will always greet you with a warm smile.
You can also find souvenirs such as:
- t-shirts with Sabah themes,
- carved wooden statues,
- batiks and sarongs,
- rattan handicraft and floor mats,
- Islamic calligraphy and
Some of the items are imported from Austria and others from neighbouring Asian countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Korea.
The Handicraft Market is located along the same stretch as the Waterfront in Kota Kinabalu City. It is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the city centre.
It is open daily from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm.
Kota Kinabalu Travel Guide (2011)