Johor Bahru or in short, JB is the state capital of Johor, located on the Malay Peninsula. It is linked to Singapore by a causeway and it is very close to Singapore. The close proximity and the advantage of the low Ringgit exchange rates have many Singaporeans, as well as international tourists, waiting to hop on a bus to take them into JB for more shopping and tasty food.
Some top things to experience in Johor Bahru include:
Chinese Heritage Museum
Although small, the Chinese Heritage Museum is well-curated with many trinkets and memorabilia hailing from Johor Bahru’s distant history. It is housed in a four-storey restored building that explains the history of early settlers and their contributions to local society. You will find interesting documentaries on topics like opium smoking and Chinese secret societies. Learn more about the different dialect groups like Cantonese, Hakka, Hokkien and Hainanese, along with how they contribute to the growing immigrant economy.
Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple
Founded in 1922 and rebuilt and reopened in 1996, this magical place is often touted as “The First Glass Temple in the World” due to the internal walls that are decorated with different shimmering sizes of glass mosaics and lit up by the decadent and elegant crystal chandeliers. The moment you walk in, you will be embraced with glittery lights reflected off the many pieces of glass. It is truly a beautiful sight and definitely an eye opener, drawing many tourists from all around the world to enjoy its beauty.
Sanrio Hello Kitty Town
The very first Hello Kitty attraction outside of Japan, it is a large indoor haven filled with baby pink, girly, cute Hello Kitty decorations. It is a absolutely must for families with kids and, of course, if you are an avid Hello Kitty fan. There are free activities like nail painting, cookie decorating, dressing up as Sanrio characters (for the young and old!), and plenty of photo opportunities in Kitty’s House! There is even a café to rest your feet after running around taking selfies!
There are several great places to shop in Johor Bahru. These include the ZON Mall and JB Bazaar.
The ZON Mall is the biggest duty free shopping mall in all of Malaysia. It is spread over five floors and is perfect for shopaholics! There is a wide array of international brands, including products related to skincare, perfumes, cosmetics, household items, and fashion. And the best part? The prices are duty free!
The excellent JB Bazaar, known locally as Pasar Malam, is an enticing shopping destination. It is a whole stretch of an entire street, with plenty of cheap bargains to be snapped up. Of course, don’t expect all to be genuine! There are counterfeited luxury goods and pirated DVDs, street food and quirky items. Treat your senses and absorb the local down-to-earth culture that Malaysia is well-known for.
Angry Birds Activity Park
Another indoor amusement park that stretches over 26,000 square feet, the fabulous Angry Birds Activity Park offers hours of fun and laughter for everyone. The state of the art activity park is easily accessible and offers a wide variety of fun games and attractions, such as walking through a labyrinth and go karting. Fans alert – Games like Laser Bird Shoot, Red Bird Goal, Piggy Shooting Gallery and Captain Black Bird can be expected at the park.
Enjoy your stay in Johor Bahru and explore one of the fastest growing cities of Malaysia, Truly Asia.