The Local Culture

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Temples: Hindu Temple, Pu Men Guan Yin Temple (斗湖普门观音庙), Che Hsing Khor Moral Uplifting Society(德教会紫辰阁),Eight Immortal Temple,Tian Hou Temple etc.

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Hindu Temple (photo credits: Sabah Chinese High School)

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Che Hsing Khor Moral Uplifting Society (photo credits: Sabah Chinese High School)

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Pu Men Guan Yin Temple (photo credits: Sabah Chinese High School)

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Tian Hou temple (photo credits: Sabah Chinese High School)

Monestaries: Tawau Buddhist Lodge (斗湖普照寺), Lotus Buddhism Studies Mission Tawau 斗湖莲海佛学會 (菩提寺), Tawau Maha Bodhi Society(斗湖佛教會), Lean Fu Tang (斗湖莲湖雷藏寺), Tawau Amidism Buddhist Centre (斗湖佛光寺) etc…

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Tawau Buddhist Lodge (photo credits: Baidu)

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Lean Fu Tang (photo credits: Sabah Chinese High School)

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Tawau Maha Bodhi Society (photo credits: Sabah Chinese High School)

Churches: Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Basel Church, Methodist Church, True Jesus Church, Baptist Church, Calvary Church, Glory Church, Jehovah Witness, Seventh Day Adventist etc.

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Calvary Church (photo credits: Sabah Chinese High School)

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Methodist Church (photo credits: Sabah Chinese High School)

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Basel Church (photo credits: Sabah Chinese High School)

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Catholic Church (photo credits: Sabah Chinese High School)

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Baotist Church (photo credits: Sabah Chinese High School)

Mosque

  1. Masjid Al-Khautar – open 7.00 am -11.00 am.   Visitors are required to contact the mosque prior to their visit for a guide to be arranged (contact Haji Jaafar 6012-838-1060).dsc_1317
    (photo credits: Sabah Chinese High School)
  2. Masjid Bandar – contact Usman Ladama 6019-588-7430.  May need a formal letter application for visits.DSC_1980
    (photo credits: Sabah Chinese High School)
  3. Masjid Raya –  Need to have formal letter application for visits.
  4. Many small mosques are not mentioned here.   

Please note that visitors to mosques must be respectful and comply with the rules and regulations of the mosques.  Women must not wear sleeveless shirts or shorts, and men must wear long sleeved shirts and long pants.  Visitors must go into mosques (buildings) barefooted.

The month of Ramadhan:  Many bazaars are set up during the month of Ramadhan, every day from 3pm to 6pm, selling various kinds of food, mostly Malay dishes.  Popular bazaars are the ones located at the Fuji Park parking lot, near the main bus station, the MARA building and the Sabindo Square parking lot.  People of all ethnic groups visit these bazaars for the delicacies, which include curry, roasted fish, stay and various kuih-muih.  

Cultural Parade / Display / Performance:

  1. Chinese New Year Carnival (Chinese festival);
  2. Thaipusam festival (Thirumurugan Temple)
  3. Exhibition and Performance of Popular Folk Dances (Sabah Minority cultural dances), neighbouring countries are also encouraged to participate
  4. The Tawau Buddhist Lodge Buddha Bathing Ceremony (during the Wesak celebration in May)
  5. Tawau Amidism Buddhist Centre Buddha Bathing Ceremony (during the Wesak celebration in May)
  6. Dragon Boat racing during the Dragon Boat festival
  7. Sandcastle building competition
  8. Chinese New Year – lions, dragons and unicorns dances gathering
  9. Sabah Chinese High School lions, dragons and unicorns dances performance

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“Jing” Lion Dance(Photo source: Sabah Chinese High School)

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Unicorn Dance (Photo source: Sabah Chinese High School)

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Dragon Dance (Photo source: Sabah Chinese High School)

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Lion Dance (Photo source: Sabah Chinese High School)

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24 Beats Drum (Photo source: Sabah Chinese High School)

Newspaper Agent
Tawau Daily: Operated from the 1950s till the 1970s
Morning Post: operated from the 1970s till now
See Hua Post: Operated from the 21st century till now
The above three newspaper agents all publish Chinese newspaper

Education
There are 52 National Primary Schools (Sekolah Kebangsaan), 7 national Chinese Primary Schools (Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina), 21 National Secondary School (Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan), 1 Chinese Independent Secondary School (Sabah Chinese High School) and 2 international school (Vision International School and Charis International School). There are a few private schools in Tawau, including but not limited to Vision Secondary School and St. Patrick’s Academy. There are also Higher Educational Institutions in Tawau, including the Institute for Science and Management, Open University and University of Sabah Tawau campus.

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SJK(C) HIng Hwa (photo source: Sabah Chinese High School)

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SJK(C) Yuk Chin (photo source: Sabah Chinese High School)

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SJK(C) Sin Hwa (photo source: Sabah Chinese High School)

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SJK(C) Kung Min (photo source: Sabah Chinese High School)

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SJK(C) Chung Hwa (photo source: Sabah Chinese High School)

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SJK(C) Kuok Ming (photo source: Sabah Chinese High School)

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SJK(C) Phui Yuk (photo source: SabahChinese High School)

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Institute of science and Management (photo source: Sabah Chinese High School)