Johor Bahru is not a great place for sightseeing or finding other interesting things to do. Many visitors find they go across the Causeway
into Singapore earlier than they expect to. Nevertheless, there are some things to see. One of these is the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque
, only two kilometers west of the Causeway, which is located on top of a small hill overlooking the Straits of Johor.
The Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum
, along Jalan Tun Doktor Ismail and one and a half kilometers west of the Causeway, is the opulent former residence of the Sultan of Johor. The main building is the palace museum complex. It is surrounded by a 53-hectare, beautifully manicured garden. The Sultan Ibrahim Building
, built in 1940, is located on top of Bukit Timbalan. It houses the State Secretariat, the Chief Minister's office, State Assembly Hall and the offices of the state government. The building is an architectural blend of British colonial, Malay and Saracenic elements.
The Sri Raja Mariamman Hindu Temple
, in Jalan Ungku Puan, is right in the heart of downtown JB. It is undergoing renovation for the temple's 100th anniversary in 2011. You can see, however, the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple, which is touted as "The First Glass Temple in the World." The inner surface of the walls and the columns inside the temple are clad with glass, hence the name.
Danga Bay, seven kilometers northwest of the Causeway, is set to be the premier waterfront development in Johor Bahru, with residential properties, commercial buildings and recreational facilities. Among the attractions that have opened so far are: Danga World Theme Park, Danga World Petting Zoo and Rumah Limas. The latter attraction has 10 traditional wooden Malay houses. Cultural shows are performed here while Johor cuisine is served inside and outside some of the houses. There is an orchid garden beside the Rumah Segamat. Massage and spa therapy are offered in the Rumah Spa.
Johor Bahru is reasonably well known for its golf courses. The Royal Johor Country Club
is probably the most expensive golf club in Johor Bahru. Others include the Tanjung Puteri Resort
course, Leisure Farm, Pulai Spring Resort
and the Austin Hills Golf Resort
435 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758398
Muzium Diraja Sultan Abu Bakar, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Choa Chu Kang North 5, Singapore
Kukup Golf Resort, 82300 Pontian, Malaysia
Jurong Point #05-03, 1 Jurong West Central 2 (S)648886, Singapore 648886
Kampung China, Pontian, Johor, Malaysia
95, 82300 Kukup, Johor, Malaysia
Jalan Persiaran Golf
Off Jalan Jumbo
43 miles off the coast of Mersing
101 Johor Labis Estate