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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 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

  2. AEON Malls & AEON Big in Johor Bahru
  3. Bakeries in Johor Bahru
  4. Cemeteries in Johor Bahru
  5. Chinese Temples in Johor Bahru
  6. Churches in Johor Bahru
  7. Coffee Shops in Johor Bahru
  8. Country Clubs in Johor Bahru
  9. Giant Hypermarkets in Johor Bahru
  10. Government Buildings in Johor Bahru
  11. Highways in Johor Bahru
  12. Hindu Temples in Johor Bahru
  13. Historic Buildings in Johor Bahru
  14. Hospitals in Johor Bahru
  15. Hotels in Johor Bahru
  16. Markets in Johor Bahru
  17. Mosques in Johor Bahru
  18. Museums in Johor Bahru
  19. Palaces in Johor Bahru
  20. Parks in Johor Bahru
  21. Shopping Malls in Johor Bahru
  22. Skyscrapers in Johor Bahru
  23. Streets in Johor Bahru
  24. Supermarkets in Johor Bahru
  25. Tesco Stores in Johor Bahru

Suburbs of Johor Bahru

  1. Danga Bay
  2. Kempas
  3. Kota Iskandar
  4. Larkin
  5. Nusajaya
  6. Plentong
  7. Senai
  8. Tampoi

Towns within Johor Bahru District

  1. Kangkar Pulai
  2. Masai
  3. Tanjung Kupang

Transportation Infrastructure in Johor Bahru

  1. JB Sentral
  2. Port of Tanjung Pelepas
  3. Senai International Airport
  4. Sultan iskandar Customs, Immigration & Quarantine Complex

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

  1. Arriving at JB Sentral
  2. Arriving at Sultan Iskandar CIQ Complex
  3. Arriving at Senai International Airport
  4. Johor Bahru Express Bus Services
    1. 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.


      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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