VIBRANT JOHOR BAHRU
About Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru, capital of the Malaysian state of Johor, sits at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. On the Johor Bahru’s waterfront is Istana Besar, a royal palace built by Sultan Abu Bakar in 1866 that now houses the Royal Abu Bakar Museum.
Johor is a state of Malaysia in the south of the Malay Peninsula . Johor has land borders with the Malaysian states of Pahang to the north and Malacca and Negeri Sembilan to the northwest. Johor shares maritime borders with Singapore to the south and Indonesia to both the west and east.
Johor Bahru is the capital city and the economic centre of the state, Kota iskandar is the seat of the state government, and Muar serves as the royal town of the state. The old state capital is Johor Lama.
Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque was built over a period of some eight years starting in 1892 and is a mix of British colonial architecture and traditional Islamic motifs.
One of the signature features of the mosque is the four minarets that are located on the top and are meant to look like traditional British clock towers.
Much of the interior is covered in white marble and you will find a pretty blend of quaint Victorian design features mixed with Moorish motifs.
The mosque can accommodate some 2,000 worshippers at one time and if you like religious architecture then this is not to be missed.
GETTING AROUND JOHOR BY BUS
Visitors to Johor Bahru can travel to different places within the city by using its extensive bus service network. The buses have destination boards and mostly operate from Larkin Central or the main bus stops in the city centre opposite of City Square (a shopping mall linked to the Malaysian Customs). The fares for the majority of the buses are relatively cheap and they also cater to travellers who are heading to the outskirts of Johor.