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The Top Things To See And Do In Johor Bahru

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Sameer Ghurye
Updated: 9 February 2017
Johor Bahru, Capital of the state of Johor, is located at the crossing point of the Johor Causeway connecting Malaysia to Singapore. The city has grown significantly due to the influx of tourists from adjoining Singapore and is ideally suited for day trips. Here are some of the top attractions for travelers making their way through the town.

Legoland Amusement Park

This popular tourist destination for kids is made up of two sections: a theme park and a water park. Families with children will enjoy the place immensely but be sure to book tickets on-line as the entrance tends to have large queues. The tickets are reasonably priced and the rides are interesting and based on various Lego themes, while the water section of the park is a sure hit in the heat of the Southeast Asian sun.

Legoland Amusement Park,  Jalan Legoland, Bandar Medini, Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia, +60 7-597 8888

Johor Bahru City Center (JBCC)

This is the commercial center of the town, home to shopping malls and entertainment centers. A number of hawker zones also offer the opportunity to go bargain hunting for specialties like brasswork, batik print fabrics and more local goodies. What’s more, food options are plentiful and street-side vendors abound.

Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

Located atop a hill, the Abu Bakar Mosque is visible from many parts of the city. The structure is Moorish in origin, onto which renovations of modern style have been added. Overlooking the sea between Singapore and Malaysia,  the 19th century mosque is a peaceful place to contemplate and rest.

Sultan Abu  Bakar Mosque, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple

A unique piece of architecture, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Other deities are present too, along with a whole host of related art and sculpture. Access is limited and the best option would be to hire a taxi to take you there and back, as the access road is not in great condition.

Sri Raja Mariamman Temple, Jalan Unku Puan, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, +60 7223 5502

 

Chinese Heritage Museum

A small but informative museum about Johor Bahru and Chinese history in the region, there is also a heritage trail map for Johor Bahru here, listing all the places of historical interest in the town. Covering four stories, the exhibit is accessible for a fee of just RM5 for adults below 55, and RM3 for kids and senior citizens. A commendable effort to preserve and highlight the Chinese heritage of the region.

Chinese Heritage Museum, 42, Jalan Ibrahim, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, +60 7224 9633

 

Mini Kuso Trick Art Gallery

The Kuso Trick Art Gallery is worth a quick visit of an hour or two. The small private gallery is located on Taman Mount Austin, and has five themes – Be Funny, Excitement Scene, Horror Room, Romantic Love and Sweet Moments – which showcase 3D art, interesting photographs and optical illusions.

Mini Kuso Trick Art Gallery, 83&85(3rd Floor), Malaysia, Jalan Mutiara Emas 10/2, Taman Austin Perdana, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

The Night Market

If you should stop over in Johor Bahru for the night, the night market is a great place to drop by. Located along the T-shaped alleys connecting Jalan Siu Chin, Jalan Meldrum and Jalan Wong Ah Fook, the place is teeming with locals in the evenings. Try some of the local food stalls mostly selling noodles and rice dishes. Wash it down with fresh coconut water and look for some serious bargains.

12, 1, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia