Explore Johor

A city of great heritage & culture

Sultan Istana Besar Johor

Also known as The Grand Palace, the Sultan Istana Besar Johor was built in 1866 by Sultan Abu Bakar. Its distinctive Anglo-Malay architecture is characterized by a symbolic Malay dome and a blue roof of Anglo influence. It is currently used for investitures, state banquets and royal functions.

Also within the palace is The Royal Abu Bakar Museum. It is a living museum which houses a good collection of royal heirlooms, rare artefacts and the history of the state's royal family.

Old Chinese Temple

The Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple is located in downtown Johor, surrounded by modern skyscrapers. One of the oldest structures in Johor Bahru, the temple is a place of worship and a symbol of unity among the five dialect groups.

In the first lunar month of every year, the temple holds its annual Chingay - the Parade of Deities. Lasting four days, the festival attracts more than 300,000 people who, together with the five deities, march down the roads of Johor Bahru.

Tan Hiok Nee Street

The Jalan Tan Hiok Nee is about 300 metres long with many well-preserved shophouses from the British colonial era.

On Saturday nights, many free cultural performances by local street artists turn the street into a huge theatre with free seating.


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