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Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu
Full nameKota Kinabalu
Official nameKota Kinabalu
Settled by BNBC1882
Declared capital of North Borneo1946
Granted city statusFebruary 2, 2000
MayorDatuk Abidin Madingkir
Total Area136 sq mi (352.2 km2)
Total Population617972 (2009)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)600000
Metro (pop.)900000
Other information
Time zoneMST (UTC+8)
Postcode88xxx; 89xxx
Area code088

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Kota Kinabalu (pronounced -mayˈkota kinaˈbalu), formerly Jesselton, is the capital of Sabah state in East Malaysia. It is also the capital of the West Coast Division of Sabah. The city is located on the northwest coast of Borneo facing the South China Sea. The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park lies on one side and Mount Kinabalu, which gave the city its name, is nearby. Kota Kinabalu proper has a population of 617,972 while the larger urban area has an estimated population of 900,000. It is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia.

Kota Kinabalu is often known as K.K. within Malaysia and internationally. It is a major tourist destination and a popular gateway for travellers visiting Sabah and Borneo. Kinabalu National Park is located about 90 kilometres from the city and there are many tourist attractions in and around the city. Kota Kinabalu is also one of the major industrial and commercial centres of East Malaysia. These two factors combine to make Kota Kinabalu one of the fastest growing cities in Malaysia.

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