Happenings and happenstances in the little Gerai Tamu Donggongon, a wet and dry market outside the town of Penampang, Sabah. Donggongon is a town in the West Coast Division of Sabah, Malaysia. The town is located within the district of Penampang, but today it can be considered as part of Greater Kota Kinabalu and is located about 15 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu. [Read More]
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Donggongon is a very important town for the district of Penampang. The Penampang District Police Headquarters, Penampang District Library, and the Penampang Sports Complex, are located in Donggongon. It also feature a popular weekly tamu (Market) in the town every Thursday and Friday where thousands of people gather to buy households products, foods, and traditional handicrafts such as bangles, headbands or gongs. The town boast itself as having the longest shopping mall in Sabah, Megalong Shopping Complex, which was opened in 2010, state of the art Fire Station and numerous sundries and restaurants. There are also numerous pubs and karaokes in this town (about 30 of them).
Images here are from its Gerai Tamu (market), where you can find a farmer’s market and local goods on display. Donggongon which means “rest stop” in the Kadazan language, referring to its historical role as a stop-over for people from the hills who journeyed down the coast for trade. It is one of the best places to buy fresh locally grown produce. In addition to fruits and vegetables, you can find an assortment of meats and craft items such as bangles and gongs for sale, as well as landscaping and garden supplies. If you see something you like, put on your bargaining skills with the traders because your trip is not complete without bringing home a souvenir!