St. Michael’s Church in Penampang was initiated by Fr. August Wachter. The Foundation stone was laid on 29th September 1936; nonetheless, the construction was postponed during the Second World War only to resume in 1947.The church is located about 15 to 18 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu, approximately 25-30 minutes drive away.
To visit St. Michael church, from Kota Kinabalu visitors need to take the No.13 bus from the bus station in front of City Hall to Donggongon
; the fee charged is RM1.50 per person. From Donggongon, take the bus headed to Kampung Babah and ask to be dropped off at St. Michael church. Bus fare is RM1 per person. By taxi, visitors can request for a direct trip to St. Michael church; taxi fare is RM25 per taxi.