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Kota Kinabalu Market Guide: Tamu Donggongon

April 2, 2016

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You are never an early riser until you start working.

When i was young, morning markets meant waking up really early so my mom would already have done her rounds by the time i got up, which was great cause i got to wake up with food already on the table. Funny enough, i was more keen on tagging along her market runs this trip and she told me a good place for pictures would be the Donggongon Street Market, or Tamu Donggongon as the locals call it.

Located away from the city center, you can find a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as handcrafted souvenirs and native finds like bunga kantan, sago worms and betel nuts. For those of you that are unaware, there are over 20 types of ethnic groups in East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) to which i am proudly a part of. Makes people confused when i tell them i’m not actually Chinese haha. There aren’t that many native markets in the city (that i know of. then again, i don’t feel very local in my own hometown heh), which is kind of a good thing cause this feels like a treasured find.

What really surprised me was how well the local vendors took it when i started snapping pictures in all directions. I was a little worried, to be honest, on how they would react because past experiences in various Asian markets were never pleasant. More often than not, people don’t take too kindly to pictures especially if you end up not buying anything. So when my dad told me it was okay, and after walking the entire market being the only one playing paparazzi, it made me realise how hospitable our people can be. They were nothing but smiles and good gestures, which is how i ended up with this many pictures.

Possibly my favourite series from home – a local insight compared to the many touristy locations that i’m accustomed to.

Location:
Tamu Donggongon (Donggongon Street Market)
Jalan Donggongon Kasigui
89500 Penampang, Sabah
Open Thurs & Fri, 6am-2pm

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