Gaya Street, which used to be called Bond Street, is considered the main road of Kota Kinabalu. Because of the great potential of the area, the place underwent a major facelift back in the 1950s and 1960s. The traditional shops were transformed wherein the ground floors were occupied by different shops and the second floors were turned into residential units or hostels. Nowadays, Gaya Street is still considered the commercial and business district in all of Kota Kinabalu. This is where you can find the most number of banks, other financial offices, and legal offices. It is lined with so many hotels, hostels, specialty shops and restaurants that operate 24 hours a day. A lot of these commercial establishments have been in existence for so many years and some are family businesses that have been passed on from generation to generation.
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