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The Sandakan Heritage Trail is a comprehensive walk that covers the town’s important and interesting sites which have contributed to her rich historical past.

The walk will begin at Masjid Jamik which is more than 100 years old, passing by the new Hotel Sandakan (the old Hotel Sandakan existed nearby in the late 1880’s) and proceed uphill to reach MPS Square where William B. Pryer Monument is placed (moved from its original site after the war). Moving across the street, you will come upon a WWII Memorial. From here, you will then climb the Stairs with a 100 Steps which will lead you to a beautiful view of Sandakan town and bay. It also brings you to the famous Agnes Keith’s House.

Trekking downhill you will reach the Clock Tower roundabout and cross over to the other side of the road to reach the remains of foundation/stairs which is believed to be the remaining of the Consulate building of the pre-war Chinese Government. Going downhill towards Singapore Road to reach the entrance of the Goddess of Mercy Chinese Temple, a small temple built in the late 1880s. A little further down the road, you can see a pathway/stairs leading to the quaint stone church of St. Michael’s and All Angels’ Church.

Going downhill from the church heading towards the town padang on your left and passing through the main gate of the padang you will see the oldest temple, the Sam Sing Kung Chinese Temple, first constructed in 1885 and completed in 1887.

Strolling along the side of the padang after visiting the temple, you will reach to a traffic light junction where you are facing the Malaysia Fountain. By crossing here, you will arrive at the Harrisons (& Crosfield) building, one of the oldest British origin companies. As you proceed along the main road (Lebuh Tiga), look out for the stairway beside the Harrisons building. The last historical building at the top of these stairs is Wisma Warisan which now houses the Sandakan Heritage Museum which is situated on the ground and first floors of this building.

From restored colonial building like the Agnes Keith’s House, to places of worship – Goddess of Mercy Chinese Temple, St. Michael’s and All Angels Church and Sam Sing Kung (Three Saints) Temple, ending at the Sandakan Heritage Museum, this two hours or more walk takes you back to over 100 years.

Last reviewed: March 6, 2019