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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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List of things that Johor Bahru is famous for – A Journey of Discovery & Fun

The capital of Johor, Malaysia, the city of Johor Bahru is a fascinating place to visit both in terms of things to do and places to see, making it such a popular holiday destination in the region.


Duty Free Shopping

A retail hub that offers shopaholics lots of opportunities to enjoy plenty of shopping fun, Johor Bahru is also a duty free zone which even attracts shoppers from neighbouring Singapore. Some of the top designer brands can be found here at prices that are much lower than what you will find in most other cities. The Johor Bahru Duty Free Complex and ZON Duty Free are two places where you can purchase such duty free items which include designer fashion, branded cosmetics, an assortment of chocolate varieties and a wide range of liquors too. Do keep in mind there's plenty of other shopping to be enjoyed here too, with the likes of Johor Premium Outlets featuring luxury premium brands.


Night markets

Locally known as "pasar malam", night markets are popular in such destinations as Johor Bahru. Some of these markets can pop-up in and around the city so do keep a lookout for them as you explore the area around your Johor Bahru hotel. Such markets not only offer plenty of opportunities to buy some souvenirs and relatively low priced items (electronics, DVDs, clothing, antiques and more) but to also soak up the lively atmosphere which is very much a part of this vibrant attraction.



Lego for many has been very much a part of their childhood; for people like this as well as those from the younger generation who are enraptured by the magic that is Lego, Legoland Malaysia is a must visit! Easily accessible from the city centre and properties like Berjaya Waterfront Hotel Johor Bahru, this popular theme park offers a fun filled day for the entire family and is packed with activities, shows, rides and various other attractions that will keep the young and young at heart well occupied. There's even a Legoland Water Park which provides a fun way to have fun and cool off.


Street Food

An important part of any cultural experience is sampling authentic local cuisine including exotic street food. The great thing about Johor Bahru is that it is a multicultural city meaning that its cuisine has been influenced by a variety of cultures as well. Street food is very popular here, especially at places like the local night markets. As you wander along the streets you will come across a tempting array of street food which has been influenced by Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisines.


Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

A unique architectural creation, the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is one of the most impressive and beautiful mosques in the locale. While non-Muslims are not allowed to enter inside, you can still take in the wonderfully architecture of this sacred site that showcases various design influences including Victorian style design and a distinctive roof with blue tiles.

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