Perched on the southern edge of Malaysia, Johor Bahruserves as an entrance point for visitors from Singapore and other Asian countries. Museums, art galleries and temples reflect the deeply rooted sentiments of the city, while modern shopping centres and a LEGOLAND amusement park show the influence of contemporary culture.
Things to do in Johor Bahru
The Heritage District of Johor Bahru is worth a stroll to soak in the ambience of everyday life, with custom sari boutiques, Ayurvedic salons and traditional cafes. You can visit landmarks such as Royal Abu Bakar Museum, a former royal palace built in 1866, as well as Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum and Johor Bahru Kwong Siew Heritage Gallery, all displaying artefacts from the city’s past.
Many Hindu temples and mosques are open to the public and give a fascinating glimpse into the multi-ethnic composition of Johor Bahru. Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman temple is dedicated to the goddess Kali and is like stepping into a wonderland of sparkling diamonds created with mirrors, metal and intricate glassworks.
Shoppers can find designer fashion and gifts shops at Johor Bahru City Square, Plaza Pelangi or in the massive AEON Tebrau City Shopping Centre, complete with a movie theatre and children’s playground. To experience local Malaysian street food, graze from hawker stalls at Medan Selera Meldrum Walk, and top it off with fresh sugarcane juice, a local staple.
A nod to Western influence, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort goes all out with 4D rides, interactive exhibits, live shows and an imagination station. The LEGOLAND water park keeps things lively with aquatic slides, tubes and tunnels.
Getting around Johor Bahru
Visitors can arrive by air into Senai International Airport, about 35 kilometres from the city centre of Johor Bahru. Local buses and metered taxis provide convenient transportation, and rental cars are available at the airport.