Signal Hill Observatory Platform

Signal Hill Observatory Platform

Signal Hill Observatory Platform
3.5
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LRMcK
Cairns, Australia1,975 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
As others have said, the view is mostly blocked by tall buildings. There is only about 6 car spaces for parking. A small dirty looking cafe. Toilets locked, but you could smell them. Might be better to see the view at night. Long, narrow and windey road to get there.
Written February 26, 2020
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Wildcat7400
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,168 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
After sending our luggage to the hotel, we made our way to Signal Hill Observatory Platform, the highest point in Kota Kinabalu with a high-roofed platform. It is a lookout point where one can get a panoramic view of the city underneath the airy decked platform which is shaped in the form of a UFO overlooking Kota Kinabalu & the South China Sea.

It was quite a climb from the roads below & thank goodness our trusted rental car was able to do the job. Unfortunately, parking was a problem. There was no proper parking area. Hence, we had to park the car at the roadside which was quite dangerous.

The Observatory Platform was in bad shape. It looked closed & abandoned. We weren’t able to enter. However, there were a few metal seats outside the platform which we sat on to enjoy the view.

It is a shame that this tourist attraction is not well maintained.
Written July 12, 2023
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Mars1d
Bongawan, Malaysia835 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
Why do I say close, but healthy? To your knowledge, this is the jogging track me whenever weekend or spare time. Many who visit this place, especially in the early morning and evening to jogging trails. The presence of an increasing number of visitors, especially during public holidays and weekends. Through this monitoring platform you can see the whole view of the city of Kota Kinabalu and even see the sea and islands.

But there is no public transport such as buses that come to this location. You can take a taxi but it will cost you a little expensive. More save more if you climb the stairs either use the route that has been provided or scour the road. Distance from city to this location only 900 meters or a 20 minute climb.
Written March 25, 2016
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Ara G
Philippines81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
This is a good place to not jist enjoy the view but their local snacks/desserts. Their banana fritters and milktea are a must-try. You get to enjoy this while looking at Kota Kinabalu's cityscape!
Written October 7, 2019
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Rincewind
Anshan, China162 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
It would have been a good view before all the modern shopping malls and hotels blocked it out. Now all you see is the back side of some hotels and shopping malls. None of the buildings is really that impressive. The view of the bay, sea, and islands is now gone. You'll probably have a better view from your hotel room window.
Written February 25, 2019
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,952 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
We visited this lookout on our return journey from the Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort. The platform offers a good view of the city skyline and glimpses of the South China Sea. In earlier times, this view would have been quite impressive without the tall buildings. It does provide a timely reminder of the development in Kota Kinabalu and the march of progress. The buildings are not overly inspiring or memorable. There is a kiosk at the platform that provides simple food and drink options.
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Written August 4, 2014
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fnms9
Allendale, UK67 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
it was all right but recent development of the surrounding district has taken away some of the, what must have been, magnificent
views. The little café does a great burger though
Written July 23, 2014
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Janelle_u81
Perth, Australia13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Back in the days before high rises, this would have been a beautiful lookout. However, now it is really a city view (views out to the islands are much better viewed elsewhere.) Nice little trek up the hill for something different in the late afternoon.
Written July 4, 2014
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zwyfe
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Business
The staircase through the forest is a nice hike -- nicer than the view from the top, actually, which is nothing special.

However, I had a morning to myself yesterday while my traveling partner was off doing some errands. I thought, it's a quick 10-minute hike, it's broad daylight, it's a tourist attraction so there must be people at the top. I thought I'd check out the view.

When I got up to the top, it was actually very secluded, and no one was around. I then encountered a local guy on a motorbike who was waiting at the top of the stairs. He started making all kinds of sexual threats and yelling at me to come here. I ran back down the hundreds of stairs, terrified, because there was nowhere else to go. He was yelling disgusting things at me the whole time.

I reported the incident to my hotel's front desk, and they told me mine isn't the first complaint about this sort of thing happening up there. If you're a woman and you want to go up, don't go alone.
Written May 17, 2014
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awonderinglobster
Bangkok, Thailand59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
we walked up the 250 stairs to the platform, the steps are somewhat precarious so it's important to watch your footing! The view is worth the walk, I imagine it would have been better at sunset but it was forecast to rain so we went a bit earlier! Good view of the city!
Written November 23, 2019
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