Across the border of Singapore and in the heart of JB lies Bandar Johor Bahru. It is an energetic area famous for its historical and cultural attractions, many from the British colonial period.
The city centre houses cosy residences and world-class eateries that serve mouthwatering local dishes. So if you’re a new arrival feeling lost about the ins and outs of the city, we’ve got your back!
There is a myriad of places to explore for leisure activities. Here are some must-visit attractions in Bandar Johor Bahru:
1. Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum
The Chinese Heritage Museum illustrates the history, culture, and traditions of the Chinese settlement in Johor Bahru. What better way to settle into a new place than to grasp its origins by the neck?
Plus, the museum offers an engaging audio guide for history buffs who want to learn about the past at their own pace. With a small entrance fee of RM6, visitors can understand and appreciate the contributions of the diverse Chinese communities in Johor.
2. Pasar Karat
Night owls of Bandar Johor Bahru can head to Pasar Karat for a look-see. This lively spot contains a night bazaar filled with cheap street foods, clothes, electronics, and trinkets. The buzzing starts as early as 6 pm and lasts until 2 am.
Although temporarily affected by COVID-19, the bazaar reopened in October 2021, abiding by the standard operation procedures (SOPs). Do note that only fully-vaccinated visitors are allowed in.
3. Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
The Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque sits along Jalan Skudai, Johor Bahru. Residents can admire white-marble interiors and breathtaking architecture of the Victorian and Moorish elegance with a slight splash of Malay style.
Even if you are a non-muslim, rest assured that the Sultan Abu Bakar mosque welcomes all. The magnificent mosque accommodates about 2,000 worshippers at a time, so you can visit with your family anytime! However, keep in mind to dress modestly upon entrance to convey your respect.
4. Skyscape Johor Bahru
From the great heights of the Sky Bridge, residents can enjoy a magnificent view of Johor Bahru and Singapore. This spot offers exciting, family-friendly activities like virtual reality, LED tunnels, interactive floor games, and mini-theatre.
It operates from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm daily (closed on Saturdays).
- MYKAD holders: RM28 for adults
- Non-MYKAD holders: RM38 for adults
5. Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple
Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple, also known as Old Temple by the locals, was built in the 19th century to honour the highly revered five deities. The vibrant red and white temple is one of the oldest temples in the city, frequented by the local Chinese community. The temple also showcases the story of the Chinese settlement in Johor Bahru.
6. Medan Selera Meldrum Walk
Medan Selera Meldrum Walk houses about 90 local hawker stalls that serve a mix of Malay, Indian, and Chinese cuisines. Residents can experience an authentic dining experience, shedding the old skin of proper dining etiquettes and embracing the beautifully messy local way of feasting. The food haven sets up at 5 in the evening until late at night.
Experience the Buzz in Bandar Johor Bahru
Merely reading about the dynamic Bandar Johor Bahru does not do it justice; get out and immerse yourself in the culture!