Top 5 Johor Bahru Attractions

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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Johor Bahru is situated in Malaysia, adjacent to Singapore  But, Singapore has nothing on this city: it has its own interesting sights, activities as well as world class Malaysian hotels. If you like interesting architecture and history, you’ll be especially pleased! Here’s our top 5 attractions to see in Johor Bahru.

5. Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

This mosque is interesting architecturally because it’s a fascinating mix of Victorian and Muslim styles. It was built between 1892 and 1900 and the minarets look a lot like British clock towers. It can hold up to 2000 worshippers during prayer time. Only Muslims can enter to visit, but non-Muslims can still see the building from the outside.

Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

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4. Roufo Old Chinese Temple

Malaysia is a country of contrasts and many cultures, and the religious sites in Johor Bahru reflect that variety. Aside from many mosques, you will also find Chinese temples like this one, situated in the heart of the city. The temple was built around 1870 (no one knows the exact date) and was meant to be a centre of worship for the Chinese community. Five deities are represented (each the deity of a specific Chinese culture). People still come here to pray, so behave accordingly. Photos are not allowed in the temple or museum but you can take pictures of the outside.

Roufo Old Chinese Temple

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3. Danga Bay

The Danga Bay is more of a neighbourhood than an attraction, but it’s the entertainment and restaurant centre of Johor Bahru. There’s a seafood market, beautiful views of the bay and it’s really close to downtown. You can relax on the beach, try one of the many delicious (and cheap) restaurants along the waterfront or simply walk, take pictures and take in the local life. If you’re into local nightlife, this is a great spot for more laid-back, casual partying. Bring a camera!

Danga Bay

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2. Johor Bahru Art Gallery

This is a must for all art lovers. This gallery displays the finest contemporary Malay art along with Islamic cultural artifacts like calligraphy, ceramics, window frames, clothing and weapons. Admission is free and the building itself is a historical 1910 2-story house. Great spot for backpackers, art lovers and cultural tourists. And it’s free, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t stop by.

1. Pasar Malam

No visit to Johor Bahru is complete without a stop to one of many night markets (or Pasar Malam) that pop up throughout the city. The food is fresh, cheap and delicious. You can buy souvenirs for yourself or friends and take in the local life. Some stall owners have been operating for 30 years! These might markets are a staple of Malaysian life and you really need to stop at least once–some people do their groceries for a week there.

As usual, don’t forget to get travel insurance before heading out to Malaysia. When that’s taken care of, you can enjoy the wonderful sights of Johor Bahru with peace of mind. Don’t hesitate to tell us about your favourite spots!


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Tom Mallet is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US, adding an Asian twist once in a while. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics.