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Cultural Attractions in Johor

Johor is Malaysia's second-largest city, and boasts a stunning history all the way back to her humble beginnings as a tiny fishing port. Discover her heritage through the Johor Bahru Heritage Trail.

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Danga Bay Marina Club

Although this isn't exactly part of Johor's history, being a new waterfront development such as the Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, which is a recent Johor Bahru hotel, it is bound to be part of the modern history of Malaysia's iconic city. Upon completion, this waterside attraction is sure to be an iconic aspect of the city, featuring a marina, a fairground capable of hosting various events, a collection of restaurants and even a waterside esplanade allowing one to even take a recreational walk if needed.

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High Court Building

There are many exquisitely built British buildings all around Malaysia from her colonial days and some would say that these structures are one thing that the occupying nation did right by Malaysia. Johor Bahru's High Court Building is one such instance. The building's antique architecture and sprawling front lawn with a fountain bearing the city's coat of arms is definitely a sight to be featured on your journey into Johor's heritage. This building is so iconic that there's even a model of it at Malaysia's Legoland.

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Sultan Ibrahim Building

This striking work of architecture used to dominate the city's skyline as the tallest building in Malaysia, until independence was gained. Once it was constructed in 1940, an invading Japanese force occupied it and utilised it as a base to plan their invasion of Singapore. Currently the massive building remains unoccupied, but there have been mentions of it being converted into a museum.

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Johor Bahru Chinese Museum

Also known as Tiong Hua Museum, this delightful place will delight you with a lively and colourful re-telling of the times of Chinese settlement in the city of Johor. Through a visit to this museum, one can learn a great deal about the history of Jogor's Chinese settlers, as well as their culture and lifestyles. If you wish to check out this most charming museum, it is housed in a four-story establishment in the area known as Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.

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Jalan Tan Hiok Nee

Named after a reputable Chinese trader of goods such as clothing and pepper. The street is now an iconic market-place featuring an array of colourful shops selling all kinds of merchandise and produce. Along this famed stretch, you can also find unique restaurants to indulge in some Johor street food.

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Old Johor Bahru Railway Station

A most visually attractive piece of architecture that was constructed sometime in 1931, became a real milestone for the city. Before the arrival of this station, Johor's train services took place out of a small wooden establishment that was located next to the railway track. This building no longer functions as a railway station since a newer and more updated one was built right next to it. There are plans of having the premises converted into a railway museum.

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The Chinese Temple

More than thirteen decades old, this incredibly sacred refuge unifies the five groups of Chinese minorities. This monumental feat was achieved by the temple containing statues of all the relevant deities, including Kwan Yi (the goddess associated with Mercy) and the Chinese God of Water. This temple is one of the most notable features of Johor, so if you find yourself in this incredible city, think about taking a visit to the enigmatic Chinese temple of Johor.

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