What are the top things to do in Johor Bahru?
The first thing you must do is shopping! You can find them all at the Johor Premium Outlets (JPO) just a stone’s throw away from JB town. Shop at Coach, Calvin Klein or LV and if that is not enough for you, there are shopping malls like the Danga City Mall, Holiday Plaza and the very famous City Square Shopping Mall around JB.
Jalan Wong Ah Fook
This is one road that you will never miss in JB. Named after the Chinese Kapitan who co-founded JB with Temenggung Daeng Ibrahim, it connects JB with other parts of the city and is the main road that comes in from Singapore. There is a night market here which is located in the main central business district of JB.
If you are in JB for holidays, you will surely be coming here to visit the international theme parks like Legoland Malaysia, the Puteri Harbour Theme Parks that includes the Sanrio Hello Kitty theme park and the Little Big Club as well as the recently opened Angry Birds Activity Park which is in Komtar JBCC.
Danga Bay will be the first place to come to mind as it is a beautiful and serene seaside resort located not far from the city centre. There is a shopping mall here while the resorts are luxurious and comfortable, ideal for a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim
This is the former state secretariat building which was once the tallest building in Malaya before independence. Located in Bukit Timbalan, it was officiated in 1940 and has a rich colonial and Malay architecture behind it. Today it is one of the most prominent landmarks in JB which you must see when visiting the city.
The people of JB have the utmost respect of the Sultan of Johor and the Royal Family. The royal palace and official residence of the Sultan of Johor is at Istana Bukit Serene which is majestically designed located about 10 minutes away from the city centre. It was designed with Art Deco influences and guarded by the Johor Military Force with a large garden and beautiful surroundings.
The Royal Abu Bakar Museum is one place you must go to learn of the history and rich culture of the state. Located around the palace area, it is in fact one of the oldest buildings in the state which was once the Grand Palace of the Sultan of Johor.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Heritage Museum located in Jalan Ibrahim is a very unique attraction here that showcases the historical events leading to the Chinese settlement in Johor. This museum is housed within a 4-storey building within a row of shops.
There is the Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple which remains as one of the most prominent places of worship among the Chinese people in JB and the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple which plays an important role among the Hindus here. Meanwhile, the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is known to be one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia.
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