In the state capital of Johor Bahru, known as the southern gateway to Peninsular Malaysia, are attractions suck as the beautiful Istana Besar (Grand Palace); the Royal Abu Bakar Living Royal Museum; and the ornate 100-year old Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque with its sweeping view of the Straits of Johor; City Square; and the Orchid Valley. Visitors often flock to Johor Bahru for its food and varied shopping in the malls and the duty-free outlet. Johor is home to the famous Endau Rompin Park, an ancient rainforest rich in flora and fauna. Beautiful beaches can be found in Desaru, Teluk Ramunia, Tanjung Balau, and near th fishing town of Mersing, and at the Kota Tinggi waterfalls is a protected marine park, attract keen scuba divers, smokeless and natures lovers. Island hopping is fun among the islands, some of which are still untouched. Accommodation on the islands of Sibu, Rawa, Besar, Tengah and Tinggi range from resort to basic chalets.
Near the border with Malacca lies the picturesque river town of Muar, known for beautiful sunsets and fresh seafood, and the legendary Gunung Ledang (Mt.Ophir), a centre for nature-based activities.
| Johor Buhru |
Johor Bahru is the State Capital, built in 1855 by the late sultanate after the tall of Malacca till the final destruction of the fort in 1587. The earth mount fort has since been restored. Royal Abu Bakar Museum
(The Grand Palace Johor) This beautiful palace was commissioned by Sultan Abu Bakar who laid the foundation stone in 1864. One of the oldest buildings in Johor Bahru, The Grand Place has a cosmopolitan architecture with clear Anglo-Malay influence. Today the palace assumes an additional role as the Royal Abu Baker Museum, displaying treasures of the royal collection.
MAWAR (Majlis Wanita Johor-Johor Ladies Council)
The existing Mawar house was stored at a great cost to preserve the rich architectural design cum heritage of Johor. The completed building is a stunning yet functional structure blending well with the new majectic Mawar Building.
The Royal Mausoleum
The Royal Mausoleum has been the final resting place for Royalty of Johor. The Mausoleum is situated along Jalan Mahmoodiah. An area where one can't help but appreciate the serene and tranquil atmosphere befitting a resting place for eternity. The Mausoleum's architecture is one of a fine, unique and aesthetic design of yesteryears.
Sultan Abu Bakar Monument
This Monument, created in the seafront opposite the courthouse commemorates Sultan Abu Bakar, as the modern architect of Johor.Kota Tinggi Waterfalls
The waterfalls are a favorite spot for picnics and relaxation. The water cascades 34 m down into a pool deep enough for swimming. Fully furnished chalets complete with cooking facilities are available for booking.
Johor Lama (Old Johor) is a quiet village 19 kilometers from Kota Tinggi on the banks of the Johor River. However, after the fall of Melaka it became the royal capital of the Sultans of Johor until the final destruction of the town fort by the Portuguese in 1587.
Mersing is a pleasant town known for its large bustling fishing fleet. It is also the setting-off point for a large number of islands in the South China Sea, including the well-known Pulau Tioman in the state of Pahang. The Mersing Boat Hire Association provides boats for inter-island travel or fishing.
The Johor countryside is well cultivated with pineapples. Just an hour's drive from Johor Bahru city, the fishing village has a settlement of fisherman living on stilts by shore. The town is also the staging point for visitors going to Gunung Pulai for waterfall picnics, jungle trekking or mountain climbing.
This picturesque town is well-known for its delicious and inexpensive footstalls and restaurants. the tree-lined Tanjung is ideal for evening strolls. The waterfalls at the foot of Mount Ophir (Gunung Ledang) is accessible from Muar.
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JOTIC is a one-stop center for visitors to get a better understanding of Johor. Besides, the availability of informative print materials like brochures on Johor, there are shops selling various types of handicrafts, which are mostly Johor's very own. Occasionally, visitors are entertained with live cultural performances. Traditional food can also be savoured at the center's food court. Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
Officially opened by the late Sultan Ibrahim in 1890, this mosque is considered one of the finest in Malaysia. It took 8 years to complete at a cost of RM400,000. Its architectural design and setting atop a hill with sweeping view of the Straits of Johor makes this mosque a famed landmark.
Sultan Ibrahim Building
The massive building on Bukit Timbalan dominates the skyline of Johor Bahru. The Saracenic character and fine mosaic detail particularly of the Grand Hall make this one of the most interesting buildings in Johor Bahru.
Istana Bukit Serene
His Majesty The Sultan of Johor resides in this palace. Perched on high ground with a 350 m tower, the palace is a landmark to travelers coming from the north. It contains one of the most beautiful gardens in Johor and a private zoo.
This sun-drenched beach of Johor Bahru, stretching over 7 km provides city tourists a variety of water adventures from canoeing, sailing to cruising.
The Federation International Motorcycle (FIM) has given the honor to his circuit to host one of the legs of the World Motorcycle Championship in 1998.It is one of the only two legs to be held in Asia. Despite its international status, this circuit is open to any motorsport enthusiasts to sample the thrill and spill of the speed adventure.
Desaru is Johor's most famous beach with its white sands and clear blue waters. Located near Singapore (About 1hr 15 min drive from Johor Bahru). Imagine fabulous resort filled with exhilarating experiences 365 days a year ! It's all here at Desaru Impian Resort. The first all-suite beachfront theme resort in Malaysia. A fully integrated lifestyle destination of international standards. 25 acres of fun, excitement and adventure; lush landscaping and recreational facilities
The beach is a popular picnic area. The annual "Pesta Air Papan" celebrated on 1st May draws thousands of people. There are chalets for rental. Located about 15 minutes from Mersing town, you may spend your night here and laze the beach before proceeding to the islands off the coast.
Lover of ceramic art will find Ayer Hitam a Haven for potteries, earthenware, porcelain ,stoneware. The town is a popular transit point for visitor stopping for lunch or dinner on their way to Johore Bahru and Kuala Lumpur.
Kukup is a fishing village with houses on stilts at the water's edge. There are numerous restaurants on stilts serving delicious seafood. Handicraft and delicacies such as keropok, belacan and cencaluk are available at Kukup.