Tanjung Simpang Mengayau

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This area marks the northernmost tip of Borneo island.

Tanjung Simpang Mengayau or Tanjung Simpang Mangazou, also known as Tip of Borneo in English is the northernmost tip of Borneo located in the district of Kudat, in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. The tip marks the meeting point of the South China Sea and Sulu Sea.


The original name of Tanjung Sampang Mangazou comes from the language of the Rungus, an ethnic group which resides mainly in the district of Kudat. The words Tanjung (cape), Sampang (union) and Mangazou (battle) refers to this location of a battle that occurred when the ethnic Rungus defended their territory against the attack from Moro Pirates.[1][2] According to legend, this place was a favourite landing point for the pirates.[2] While the Chinese people call this place as Den Foh Liew, which in Hakka means lighthouse due to a lighthouse on a nearby island of Pulau Kalampunian can be seen from here.

During the famous circumnavigation era, Ferdinand Magellan fleet supposedly went here to perform repairs on his ships.[1][2]

Bronze globe[edit]

Bronze Globe of Tanjung Simpang Mengayau
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The bronze globe.
Coordinates7°02′14″N 116°44′32″E / 7.03722°N 116.74222°E / 7.03722; 116.74222Coordinates: 7°02′14″N 116°44′32″E / 7.03722°N 116.74222°E / 7.03722; 116.74222
Dedicated toMarks the northernmost point of Borneo island.

This tip has been developed as a tourist attraction. It is located in a park-like grounds and feature a square with a Malaysian flag pole, a large bronze globe also located here. The bronze globe marks the location of Tanjung Simpang Mengayau at latitude 7 degrees north and longitude 116 degrees east with a map featuring the island of Borneo is embossed in bronze and laid on a flat surface at an angle with inscriptions to mark the Tip of Borneo.


  1. ^ a b Found in the inscription on the back of the bronze globe.
  2. ^ a b c ena (9 July 2012). "Heaven at the edge of Borneo". Tourism Malaysia. Retrieved 22 March 2014.