Kota Kinabalu - 1Borneo Shopping Centre

1Borneo Shopping Centre is the biggest development project ever undertaken in Sabah. Opened in March 2008, it is undoubtedly the biggest shopping centre in Borneo with a retail area of over 1.3 million square feet. Besides the shopping mall, there are several hotels, condominiums, an amusement centre, a cineplex and a planned oceanarium. Now, more then  1 year after the opening, about half the shoplots are still not occupied, and the oceanarium is  still on the way. The project may have been too ambitious to begin with, as it is difficult to imagine the sustainability of such a huge retail centre with a limited local population. Nevertheless, this is a great facility for the people of KK as they have another great place to enjoy free air-conditioning on the weekends. 1Borneo is about half hour drive from KK town centre.

One of the more interesting section of the shopping mall is the Old Chinatown which features products from China. Here you can get home decorations, jewelry, handicraft, paintings and carvings at quite reasonable prices.


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