Unique statues of Sabah

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  • Saturday, 22 Apr 2017

Turtle statue in Kuala Penyu.

Every sculpture at the state’s roundabouts tells a story of the place

KOTA KINABALU: Have you ever taken time to look at roundabouts when driving or travelling on the road?

Of course, one will take some time to look at them if they are beautifully decorated with flowers.

Roundabouts in Sabah, for instance, can really make head turns because these are the spots where many unique and beautiful statues and sculptures are built.

The pride of the Kadazandusun folk.
The pride of the Kadazandusun folk.

Almost in all of the 23 districts of Sabah have a roundabout decorated with an object that is synonymous with the respective district.

In Penampang, there is a huge sigar or Kadazandusun traditional headgear sited on a big roundabout in the middle of the Donggongon town. The spot is where a centralised commercial centre, shopping malls, schools and the weekly market are located.

The giant sigar, shows that the majority of Donggongon folk are the Kadazandusuns.

In Kota Kinabalu, one can see a huge billfish statue built on top of a roundabout in the city centre. The sculpture, erected seventeen years ago when Kota Kinabalu received its city status, reminds visitors that they are now in the capital of a state famous for its rich marine resources.

The iconic billfish statue in Kota Kinabalu.
The iconic billfish statue in Kota Kinabalu.

In Tuaran, a town in the outskirts, there is one large roundabout with several white horses standing majestically. Tuaran used to be the main place for horse racing activities.

In the westcoast of Sabah, one can see statues of cabbages and a floating teapot in Kundasang and Ranau, respectively.

Kundasang is the biggest cabbage producer in Sabah while the Sabah tea, the largest tea producer in the state is located in Ranau.

In Kuala Penyu and Tambunan in the interior Sabah, there are sculptures of turtles and ginger on a roundabout just before one enters the district.

Cabbage roundabout in Kundasang.
Cabbage roundabout in Kundasang.

Some say Kuala Penyu (penyu means turtle) got its name due to a turtle like rock that can be seen at the Sitompok river estuary during the low tides.

The sculpture of ginger becomes the landmark for Tambunan because this district is the biggest ginger producer in the state.

In Pitas, in the northern of Sabah, first-time visitors will be mesmerised by the sight of a huge lobster. Pitas, as one knows, is one of the best places to enjoy seafood.

These are some of the unique roundabouts in Sabah and you can see many others, if you travel to all the districts in the state.

Ginger and parang in Tambunan
Ginger and parang in Tambunan. - Photos by STEPHANIE LEE

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