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Johor Bahru Travel Tips

Bangunan Sultan Ismail, one of the most recognisable landmarks of Johor BahruBangunan Sultan Ismail, one of the most recognisable landmarks of Johor Bahru (16 September, 2016)

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Johor Bahru (GPS: 1.48848, 103.75762), (Jawi: جوهر بهرو; Chinese: 新山; Pinyin: Xīnshān; Hokkien: Sin3snua1/Sin3san1; Tamil: ஜொகூர் பாரு) is the capital as well as largest city in Johor. It also serves as the administrative centre for Johor Bahru District. Popularly abbreviated as JB, Johor Bahru has a population of approximately 500,000 and a metropolitan area with 1.8 million inhabitants, making it the third largest city1 in Malaysia and one of the fastest growing in Southeast Asia.

Johor Bahru Travel Tips is a comprehensive guide created to help you plan what you get to know and enjoy your visit to this state capital of Johor. All its sights is described here in detail, with GPS coordinates to help you find your way to each of them.

Sights in Johor Bahru on the map

Places to eat in Johor Bahru

  1. Kam Long Curry Fish Head Restaurant (GPS: 1.45925, 103.76486)

Places of Interest in Johor Bahru

  1. Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam Temple (GPS: 1.45924, 103.76399)
  2. Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Temple (GPS: 1.46862, 103.75968)
  3. Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim (GPS: 1.45782, 103.76114)
  4. Church of the Immaculate Conception (GPS: 1.4652, 103.75885)
  5. Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru (GPS: 1.4603, 103.74122)
  6. Gurdwara Sahib Johor Bahru (GPS: 1.45964, 103.7638)
  7. Hutan Bandar Municipal Park (GPS: 1.51151, 103.63262)
  8. Istana Besar/Royal Abu Bakar Museum (GPS: 1.455, 103.75635)
  9. Istana Bukit Serene (GPS: 1.47981, 103.72624)
  10. Istana Pasir Pelangi (GPS: 1.48353, 103.78612)
  11. Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple (GPS: 1.46055, 103.76313)
  12. Kota Iskandar (GPS: 1.42224, 103.64825)
  13. Legoland Malaysia (GPS: 1.45714, 103.76336)
  14. Masjid India (GPS: 1.45714, 103.76336)
  15. Masjid Sultan Abu Bakar (GPS: 1.4569, 103.75118)
  16. Menara Landmark (GPS: 1.46531, 103.75975)
  17. Pulau Danga Bayu (GPS: 1.47762, 103.70958)
  18. St Christopher's Anglican Church (GPS: 1.4633, 103.75151)
  19. Zoo Johor (GPS: 1.4572, 103.75288)

Transportation Hubs in Johor Bahru

  1. Port of Tanjung Pelepas (GPS: )
  2. Senai International Airport (GPS: 1.6357, 103.66565)
  3. Sultan Iskandar CIQ Complex (GPS: 1.46537, 103.76666)

Roads and motorways in Johor Bahru

Category of sights in Johor Bahru

Suburbs of Johor Bahru

Towns within Johor Bahru District

Transportation Infrastructure in Johor Bahru

Hospitals in Johor Bahru

  1. Hospital Permai: tel: 07 237 3333 ext 333
  2. Hospital Sultanah Aminah: Jalan Abu Bakar, 80100 Johor Bahru, tel: 07 225 7000

Utilities in Johor Bahru

  1. Syarikat Air Johor Jalan Garuda, 80350 Johor Bahru, tel: 07 224 4040

Johor Bahru Travel Information

Going to Johor Bahru

By Road
Johor Bahru is linked to Singapore via the Causeway as well as the Second Link. The city is located at the southern end of the North-South Expressway (E2), which links it to most of the major towns and cities in Peninsular Malaysia.

By Plane
Johor Bahru's Senai Airport (JHB), also known as the Sultan Ismail Airport, is located 28 km to the northwest of the city. The airport is served by Malaysia Airlines, which connects it to Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. AirAsia also flies to Senai, providing air links with Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kuching, Sibu, Miri, Kota Kinabalu, Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya and Bangkok. Firefly provides connection between Senai and Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur.

JB SentralJB Sentral (14 September, 2016)

History of Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru was founded by Temenggong Daing Ibrahim in 1855 as his capital. Before that, it was a small Malay fishing village known as Tanjung Puteri. It was his son Temenggong Abu Bakar who renamed it Johor Bahru on 1 January 1866. Temenggong Abu Bakar later ascended the throne as Sultan Abu Bakar in 1885. Many of the historical buildings in Johor Bahru were built by Sultan Abu Bakar, who is regarded as the father of modern Johor.

The railway line connecting the towns in Peninsular Malaysia was extended to Johor Bahru in 1909. With the completion of the Causeway in 1923 allowed the railway to go all the way till Singapore. Sultan Ibrahim Building was constructed as the British government building in 1940, but soon fell into the hands of the Japanese.

The Japanese army arrived in Johor Bahru on 31 January 1942 and took over the town with little resistance. Istana Bukit Serene, residence of the sultan, was made the base for their preparation to conquer Singapore.

After the end of World War II, Johor Bahru became the cradle of Malay nationalism. It was here that the Menteri Besar of Johor, Onn Jaafar, formed the United Malay National Organisation, UMNO, in May 1946 to voice their disenchantment over the granting of citizenship to non-Malays.

Johor Bahru started growing rapidly since the 1960's, helped in some way by its proximity to Singapore. Small towns close to Johor Bahru were absorbed as the metropolitan area expanded outwards. It was given city status on 1 January 1994, and Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru was built to commemorate the occasion.

Further Reading on Johor Bahru

On this section, I like to share articles written by my friends related to Johor Bahru.

- My friend Evonne wrote about the Hispter Quarter of Johor Bahru. It appears on Today Online. Here's the article.


1. Based on the population of Kuala Lumpur of 1.7 million (2015), by the Department of Statistics, Malaysia, of Penang Island of 678,000 (General Info, by Tourism Penang, 2007), and of Johor Bahru of 497,067 (Statistics Department, Malaysia, 2010).

List of Towns in Johor and State Capitals of Malaysia

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