Johor Bahru, sometimes also spelled as Johor Baharu or Johor Baru is one of the few metropolitan areas in Malaysia and the capital of the state of Johor. Johor is Malaysia's second largest city and a the center of tourism, industry and trade located in the southern tip of the Malay peninsula. Tourism is one of Johor Bahru main industries with many tourists coming from nearby Singapore. Johor offers many shopping centers and several historic buildings and good museums.
Johor Bahru History
On the current location used to be a Malay fishermen village, Tanjung Puteri founded by Tumenggung Daeng Ibrahim in 1855. Tumenggung Daeng Ibrahim was the father of Sultan Abu Bakar Daeng Ibrahim who later moved the capital of his empire from Teluk Belanga in Singapore to this region. The name Tanjung Puteri was later changed to Johor Bahru. Recently Johor Bahru has undergone rapid development and on January 1, 1994 Johor Bahru become officially a city.
Things to see
There are several museums and temples you can visit. For some history head out to the Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum, while if you are maybe interested in pineapples you can visit Johor Pineapple Museum where you will find about eighteen kinds of pineapple grown in the area around the museum.
A more interesting place to visit is probably the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple, made completely out of glass.
Things to do
Johor Bahru has several theme parks, of which the new Legoland Malaysia is one of the most interesting. Hiking or even camping can be done in Tanjung Piai Johor State Park with many protected and rare flora and fauna. At the Johor Ostrich Farm you can see and learn the uniqueness of ostrich in close range. The beautiful Kota Tinggi Waterfalls, located at the foot of Mount Muntahak, is a popular destination as well.
Things to eat
Nasi Lemak is still the most preferred food in this city. The materials used are still the same, the difference is just that it taste a little different from those in other regions. Besides Nasi Lemak, another favorite dish is Botok-botok made of fish with potato leaves, basil and various spices and then steamed. There is also Nasi Dagang, glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk and served with fish curry and coconut sauce plus pickled cucumbers.
Getting to Johor Bahru
Flying to Johor Bahru: Johor Bahru is served by Senai International Airport. Senai International Airport is located about 25 km north from Johor Bahru. A taxi into the city from Senai International Airport would cost MYR 35.00. Read more about Senai International Airport or look for flights to Johor Bahru