Bongawan

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Bongawan
Pre-World War II shophouses in Bongawan.
Pre-World War II shophouses in Bongawan.
Bongawan is located in Borneo Topography
Bongawan
Bongawan
Coordinates: 5°32′0″N 115°51′0″E / 5.53333°N 115.85000°E / 5.53333; 115.85000
Country  Malaysia
State  Sabah

Bongawan is a town in the state of Sabah in Malaysia. The main town is 2 miles inland from the South China Sea, located in the West Coast Division and is approximately 60 kilometres south of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital, situated on the main A2 highway. Bongawan is situated within the parliamentary constituency of Kimanis. It is one of the major stops for the North Borneo Railway.

The name Bongawan is local parlance for 'bangau' (egrets), a common sight at the paddy fields surrounding the hamlet.

The town's main claim to fame are its two blocks of old wooden shophouses, which date from 1939. Architecturally-similar shophouses existed all over Sabah in the pre-World War II era. However, after all the major towns suffered heavy Japanese and Allied bombing in the war, most of these were completely destroyed and the shophouses in Bongawan have become a rare remnant of the pre-war era in this part of Sabah. Most of the current shops are operated by the Chinese minority, which comprise mainly of Hakkas and Hokkiens.

To the north of the town running down to the coast is the Borneo Golf and Country Club an 18-hole golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus. The course plays 6546 metres off the championship tees and is spread over 200 acres on a 900-acre site. [1]

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Coordinates: 5°32′N 115°51′E / 5.533°N 115.850°E / 5.533; 115.850