City spot­light: Jo­hor

Lo­cated in the south­ern­most tip of Jo­hor, Jo­hor Bahru is a colour­ful and chaotic city caught up in fast-paced de­vel­op­ment. Sammi Lim ex­plores JB (as the lo­cals call it) and pro­vides sug­ges­tions on how to get the most out of a one-day trip

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Jo­hor Bahru is Malaysia’s sec­ond largest city and, as with ev­ery rapidly grow­ing mod­ern me­trop­o­lis, is still com­ing to terms with its touris­tic value. There are her­itage walks and food trails to fol­low, mostly cen­tred in and around the streets of Jalan Tan Hiok Nee and Jalan Dhoby where a bur­geon­ing hip­ster café scene is very much in ev­i­dence. It may not have the cul­tural over­load of Pe­nang or the buzz of the cap­i­tal, but it’s well worth a cou­ple of days of ex­plo­ration.

There’s no bet­ter way to get ac­quainted with a city than to dis­cover its his­tory, so be­gin your day at the Grand Palace (Jalan Sri Belukar, Ke­bun

Merah). Once the ‘hum­ble’ abode of Jo­hor’s royal fam­ily, the blue and white build­ing is a stun­ning ex­am­ple of An­glo Malay ar­chi­tec­ture. No longer in

use ex­cept for grand func­tions, the palace also houses the Royal Abu Bakar Mu­seum.

Tour the palace grounds and feast your eyes on an­cient arte­facts and royal heir­looms.

When you’re done, head

to the nearby Sul­tan Abu Bakar State Mosque (Jalan

Ger­tak Merah). This beloved land­mark perched on top of a hill pro­vides a sweep­ing view of the Straits of Jo­hor and the sur­round­ing area.

Sul­tan Abu Bakar State Mosque

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