Johor Bahru

johormap.gif (12197 bytes) Photo: Map of Johor State

Known as the southern gateway, Johor is the third largest state in peninsular Malaysia. Covering an area of 19,984 sq. km. at the sourthern part of the peninsular, it is bounded by the states of Pahang to the north, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan to the west, and the Straits of Johor to the south.

A causeway carrying a road and a railway line connects the state capital, Johor Bahru, to Singapore; making the state highly accessible from Singapore. Boat services also connect various points along the Johor River to Changi in Singapore.

Johor is one of the most developed states in the country, and its economy is based on a mix of agriculture, manufacturing commerce and tourism. It is a prime producer of rubber, oil palm and pineapple. Pepper is also cultivated on a large scale. It also has a timber and wood-based industry. Bauxite is another product derived from Pengerang. Its new port at Pasir Gudang on the Straits of Johor is fast developing into an important international port.

The rich mix of culture is reflected in the various places of worship - the magnificent mosques, temples and churches existing side by side. It is also evident in the various foods and local delicacies, the colourful and enchanting costumes, festivals, ceremonies and rituals. Most festivals are based on the various religions practiced here although some are also culturally derived. Whatever their origin, these festivals afford the visitors an interesting and colourful insight into the multifaceted culture that can be traced back to the history of the state.

Attractions

Royal Abu Bakar Museum and Grand Palace

abubakar.gif (61378 bytes) Photo: The Royal Abu Bakar Museum and Grand Palace

The imposing palace along Jalan Tun Dr. Ismail was built by the late Sultan Abu Bakar, Father of Modern Johor. It houses an impressive collection of many rare and beautiful treasures from all over the world.

 

Admission fees are follow:

Non-Malaysians

1. Adults -- US$7.00

2. Children (below the age of 12) -- US$3.00

Locals

1.Adults -- RM5.00

2. Children (below the age of 12) -- RM1.00

3. Schoolchildren in uniform -- RM1.00

Opening hours: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm except on Friday.

Tickets are available at the entrance from 10 am to 5 pm.

For further information, please call:

The Curator

Royal Abu Bakar Museum Tel: 07-223 0555, 223 0222

Within palace grounds is the Mawar Gift Shop - a souvenir shop where visitors may purchase a variety of items as mementoes

 

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