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Spotlight on Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Malaysia’s Johor Bahru is the Eurasian mainland’s southernmost city and includes the country’s royal village, Pasir Pelangi. After the national capital Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru is the second largest city in Malaysia. Its location on the Straits of Johor (or Tebrau), separating Malaysia from Singapore, is stunning. The area also includes several rivers (Sungai Tebrau, Sungai Pulai and Sungai Johor), as well as ecologically important swamp lands. As Johor Bahru is within easy reach of Singapore, visitors often travel to both.

Habitat - tree top view with Johor Bahru in the distance across the Johor Straits

Johor Bahru was founded as a city, from a small fishing village, by Temenggong Daeng Ibrahimm in 1855. It was then expanded by his son Abu Bakar, who oversaw the construction of many beautiful  buildings, such as the State Mosque. Later construction included the Malay Peninsula railway extension and the Causeway (linking Malay with Singapore)..

the causeway

Some of Johor Bahru’s most visited landmarks are the Sri Raja Mariamman and Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temples, the Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage and the Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museums, the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, the Sultan Ibrahim Building and the Johor Bahru Kwong Siew Heritage Centre.

The Johor Bahru Old Chinese temple is exquisite. A stroll around Danga Bay and Jalan Tan Hiok Nee Cultural Street will impart some of the city’s best flavours and sights. Johor Bahru Zoo will be a hit with youngsters.

For getting around, Larkin Bus Terminal, which provides links to West Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, is just a few kilometres outside the city centre. Similar destinations are served by the Johor Bahru Central railway station. You can also take a drive, or the train, over the six-lane Johor-Singapore Causeway.

Image credits: Masayuki Kawagishi, Lip Kee Yap, Jonathan Choe, Stefan Fussan, Walter Lim

Karen Bryan

As well as writing about travel, Karen Bryan offers tips on saving money, frugal living and how to live well on less, on her site Help Me To Save

Posted : Friday, June 29th, 2012 at 10:00
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