Situated in southern Malaysia, Johor Bahru is referred to as the Gateway to Singapore. It is also known as Ikandar and is home to over one-million people. A visit to Johor Bahru will result in a plethora of fond, unforgettable memories guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Places Not To Be Missed in Johor Bahru
The Sultan Iskandar Complex, known for its strikingly modern architecture functions as the customs, immigration and quarantine center. It is also the headquarters for the Office of Tourism for Malaysia. The complex boasts checkpoints designed to record the arrival and departure of every vehicle whether occupied by people or tangible merchandise. Sultan Iskandar Complex serves as the hub for the area’s transit system.
Erected in 1866, Istana Besar & Royal Abu Bakar Museum, is the site of the original Grand Palace that served as the palatial residence for the Sultan of Johor. Exhibits include a collection of weapons owned by the royal family. Although now predominently used as a museum, the Grand Palace is still used by the current sultan for state and royal ceremonies. Visitors are afforded the opportunity to view state jewelry, fine tableware and personal items belonging to the royals.
The only glass temple in the world is found in Johor. Arulmigu Sri Rajakalimman Hindu Temple is covered with over a million mosaic tiles of all sizes, shapes and colors. Among the oldest in Asia, this temple is Asia’s second largest structure devoted to religious usage.
Family-Oriented Things to Do in Johor
Guaranteed to delight the young and the young at heart, Legoland, which opened in 2012, is Asia’s 1st and the world’s 6th theme park of this genre. Approximately 40 interactive activities include the opportunity for children to drive cars and for families to enjoy amusement rides outfitted to accommodate both adults and children. One Legoland area definitely not to be missed is the official Lego store. This theme park also includes popular children’s PBS (public broadcast system) television settings including “Kittytown” and “Thomas The Tank Engine.” At Tropical Village, visitors can enjoy miniature replicas of world famous landmarks from a child’s perspective.
Whether a short-term residential or a long stay is desired, there homestays available in Johor Bahru that include areas for sleeping, dining and relaxing. Conveniently located near major attractions such as Johor Zoo, these accommodations are designed to fit every budget and to fulfill every need.