Johor Bahru sits at the very edge of Peninsular Malaysia and is the gateway of choice for travelers from the south.
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Malaysia's southern gateway, Johor Bahru, is located at the very tip of Peninsular Malaysia, seperated from nearby Singapore by the Tebrau Straits. The city is a favourite destination for Singaporeans, who throng to the city on weekends in search for some relaxation and good bargains.
Linked by the Causeway to Singapore, Johor Bahru handles a lot visitors from Singapore, both foreign and Singaporean, on a daily basis. Its close proximity with the island republic, along with Singapore's favourable exchange rate, also encourages many Singaporeans to establish second homes and weekend getaways within the city or its outlying areas. The city offers a wide range of consumer products and merchandise, including the lastest in fashion, to cater to the varied tastes of its visitors. Johor Bahru is a modern cosmopolitan city with a vibrant nightlife, and its bars and restaurants are popular among locals and visitors alike.
Johor Bahru was built as the administrative centre of the Johor Sultanate in the mid 19th century. Under a progressive leader, Sultan Abu Bakar, the city underwent a remarkable development, with impressive government buildings and vital infrastructure being built. The city had a decidedly European feel, as the Sultan was known to be an Anglophile. Many buildings erected during that era still survive to this day and have become famous landmarks of the city.
Being an important gateway into Malaysia, Johor Bahru is well connected via road, rail and air. Recently, plans have been made to build Johor Sentral, an integrated rail and bus terminal.
Train services are offered at the Johor Bahru railway station at the southern tip of Johor Bahru. It is a stop for the Intercity train service and offers a shuttle service between Johor Bahru and Singapore.
Bus services to all major towns and cities in Malaysia are offered at the Larkin Public Transportation Complex, located in the city centre.
Flights in and out of Johor Bahru utilize the Sultan Ismail International Airport, located at the outlying town of Senai, 25 kilometres north of the city. This airport is a hub for Airasia, and flights are available between the city and various destinations, including Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Miri, Penang, and Sibu. Two other airlines, Firefly, which flies between the city and Subang, and Malaysia Airlines, which flies to two destinations, Kuala Lumpur and Kuching, also operate here.
Johor Bahru's attractions cater to visitors from Singapore who come over to the city for a weekend of fun and shopping. The city's malls offer an extensive range of consumer goods and fashion merchandise.
Royal Abu Bakar Museum
This museum focuses on the Johor royal family and showcases the Sultan of Johor's collection of rare treasures and historical artefacts and heirlooms accumulated by the Johor royal family. The museum is housed in the main palace of Sultan Abu Bakar, the father of modern Johor.
Pasir Pelangi is the Johor Royal village and is situated within the city. It is an enclave with many magnificent buildings associated to the Johor royal family, including several stately palaces.