Overview of Johar Bahru :
Johor is one of the most developed states in the country, and its economy is based on a mix of agriculture, manufacturing commerce and tourism. It is a prime producer of rubber, oil palm and pineapple .Its new port at Pasir Gudang on the Straits of Johor is fast developing into an important international port.
The rich mix of culture is reflected in the various places of worship - the magnificent mosques, temples and churches existing side by side. It is also evident in the various foods and local delicacies, the colourful and enchanting costumes, festivals, ceremonies and rituals.
Places of Interest
State Secretariat Building
It is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Johor Bahru Malaysia. The building was built in 1940 and is located on a hill called Bukit Timbalan. Its columns and pillars are designs of Saracenic architecture. The building, which is a symbol of progressive and modern Johor, commands a magnificent view of the Straits of Johor. Visitors may find the Grand Hall particularly interesting. The whole building covers 11 floors above the ground and it houses 46 government offices and departments. During World War II, the Japanese occupied the building as a fortress and a store dump when planning attacks on neighbouring Singapore.
Sultan Abu Baker Mosque
A famed landmark, this century-old mosque is said to be one of the most beautiful in Malaysia. It was completed in 1900, a few years after the death of the Sultan it is named after. It look eight years to build and can accommodate 2,000 worshippers. It is located on spacious grounds overlooking the Straits of Johor and Singapore. Locals put up stalls selling souvenirs and handicrafts.
The Grand Palace and Royal Abu Bakar Museum
The beautiful palace was commissioned by Sultan Abu Bakar, who laid the foundation stone in 1864. One of the oldest buildings in Johor, it has a cosmopolitan architecture with clear Anglo-Malay influence. Today the palace assumes an additional role as the Royal Abu Bakar Museum, displaying treasures of the royal collection.
Dataran Bandaraya or City Square, was officially opened on 31 December 1993 by the Sultan of Johor. A much sought after venue for public events like parades and stage shows, this popular tourist attraction comprises a large stage, a minaret, a fountain and a clock tower reputed to be the biggest in the region. It also boasts of the tallest flag staff in the state. A mega video screen has been installed for visitors to view live transmissions.
The other attractions of Johor Bahru Malaysia include the famous Johor Art Gallery, that houses all the discovered and historical items such as documents and cultural artifacts traditionally used by Malays, particularly from the State of Johor, The Royal Mausoleum, the final place for Royalty of Johor , The Causeway, links the Johor Bahru with Singapore when entering Johor Bahru from Singapore.
Shopping in Johor Bahru :
The city also offers visitors a multitude of souvenir, handicraft stores at reasonable prices which are popular among locals as well as Singaporeans. Shopping complexes such as the Holiday Plaza, Plaza Pelangi, Plaza Kotaraya, L'ien Hoe complex and the new City Square City offer a good selective of local and imported goods including designer clothing label, electrical items and household products.
There is also a Duty-Free Trade Zone where visitors will be able to purchase a large range of items including alcohol and cigarettes at tax free prices. Due to it's duty-free zone, this place is catered for foreigners from Singapore and around the world.
Entertainment World of Johor Bahru Malaysia :
Visitors will also be glad to know that Johor Bahru provides great entertainment at affordable prices. Around the L'ien Hoe complex located in the area of Sentosa are many night spots for visitors to have fun. Famous for its large number of nightclubs, pubs and restaurants, visitors will be fascinated by the lights and colors of the nightlife in Johor Bahru.