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5 Must-Visit Attractions in Johor Bahru, Malaysia - For the history buffs!

Johor is mostly used as a stopover when journeying to Singapore from Malaysia. But, it offers more, especially for the history buffs.


Sultan Abu Bakr Royal Palace Museum

The Sultan Abu Bakr Royal museum is one of the main attractions in Johor. This historical site attracts a horde of tourists every year as it is the oldest building in the area. Built in 1866, the establishment used to house the Royal family of Johor. This fine establishment went from being the grand palace of the sultan to a museum in 1982. Tourists are marvelled at the fine arts and artefacts that are displayed in the museum. The pride of the museum, however, is the display of the belongings of the royal family. Even the weapons that were used in the sultans' time is also exhibited. The museums boast of a gallery that features the royal family tree. Once you have scoured the museum, you can treat yourself to nearby attractions too. The Sultan Abu Bakr State Mosque and Monument are some of the attractions you can visit. If you plan to stay the night, you can check out a number of hotels in Johor Bahru, around the area, the likes offered Berjaya Hotels and Resorts.


Tanjung Pai

Tanjung Piai, a cape in Pontian district, is located at the southernmost tip of Asia that overlooks the Johor Straits. The main attraction in Tanjung piai includes the wooden jetty overlooking the waters. The seafood restaurants lining the coastline of mangrove forests attracts and lures tourists to spend more time. Tanjung Piai is a quaint area away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre where one can witness the skyline of Singapore which is visible from the Johore Strait. If you are a keen bird watcher or just looking to fish over calm waters, this is the place to be. Tanjung Piai offers something for everyone.


Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Street

The Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Street is not a long stretch and is best visited for the coffee offered in quaint little boutique coffee shops. You can also explore the ancient buildings and its architecture while you sip away on your hot coffee. You'll be taking a step back in history.


Johor Art Gallery

If you are into art and history, then why don't you set some time aside for the Johor Art Gallery. In here, you can explore the incredible history of Johor. The building in itself was built back in 1940 and was used as a military base for the Japanese. It was also used as the official place of residence of the chief minister. However, the building is a place showcasing wonderful art and sculptures of talented local art enthusiasts.


Sultan Ibrahim Building

The Sultan Ibrahim Building used to be the tallest structure before the independence. The building was used to serve as an office for the state secretary and proudly displays the best of local architecture combined with the colonial-style architecture of the British.