Things to do in Johor Bahru

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Things to Do in Johor Bahru


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Top Attractions in Johor Bahru

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  • OnAir28163111127
    1 contribution
    Wonderful time spend with family of 4 in this wonderful theme park. Attentive staffs. Dated facilities, hotel, water park, theme park
    Written February 24, 2024
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  • Hardy Liga
    Indonesia98 contributions
    Strategic and closest to the immigration gate to Singapore. No wonder is the 1st choice for every people who crossed from Singapore to JB.
    Well, for me, nothing too special but for foods, this is the mall you gotta go. Other than that, I do not find anything amusing.
    Come here and gotta try ORIENTAL (it is a modern coffee shop like Ya Kun or Toast Box in Singapore but with more variety of traditional foods).

    Written November 14, 2023
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  • CAS
    Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia13 contributions
    From booking via Facebook to being warmly greeted, to the fabulous gentle boat trip, everything was excellent. An abundance of fireflies. Some trees were so full of them, to a British Expat it reminded me of a winter wonderland. So many twinkling lights in the trees.

    The boat captain even knows where the monitor lizard sleeps and pointed it out.

    I cannot recommend highly enough how much you should see this attraction and support the family that offers it.
    Written April 19, 2021
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  • tricht
    19 contributions
    there are a mix of victorian and malay architecture and resembles the Masjid Jamek sultan ibahim in muar.But i was told to leave the morsque by the security guard as he says i can not enter the place as i am a non muslim.the entire building is painted in a cute shade of yellow and white
    Written June 1, 2022
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  • Travelove58
    11,313 contributions
    Huge new mall. Quite a distance away though from JB customs. If don't drive, take Grab ( about 10-15mins from City Square) - cheap fare, about RM10 one way. Lots of food & retail options. Direct link to St Giles Southkey Hotel.. Nice new big hotel - in our opinion, the best in JB.
    Written July 5, 2023
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  • yellowshaun
    Singapore, Singapore737 contributions
    Budget friendly mall with a very decent mix of food and retail outlets. It has a stream of crowds during peak periods but not to the crazy levels of crowded that mid valley encounters.
    Written November 25, 2023
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,658 contributions
    This temple was founded by Tan Hiok Nee, a wealthy and influential Teochew businessman in Singapore and Johor during the 19th century. Jalan Tan Hiok Nee which was a road located within walking distance from the temple was named after him.

    The temple is one of the oldest structure in Johor Bahru and become a unifying symbol among the 5 Chinese ethnic groups, namely, the Hokkein, the Cantonese, the Teochew, Hakka and Hainanese. The 5 deities in the temple are representative of each of the 5 ethnic groups:

    Yuan Tian Shang Di (元天上帝) (大老爷)
    Hong Xian Da Di (洪仙大帝) (洪仙公)
    Gan Tian Da Di (感天大帝)
    Hua Guang Da Di (华光大帝)
    Zhao Da Yuan Shuai (赵大元帅)

    Tan Hiok Nee was able to command the respect of the other ethnic groups because he was able to gain the favor of the Johor Sultan who appointed him as Major China of Johor, the highest ranking Chinese official in his government.

    Unlike the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British who came to colonalise Malaya, the Chinese like Hiok Nee amassed wealth through sheer diligence and entrepreurship and had no political ambition. They chose to live harmoniously with the local Malay rulers and help to create a peaceful and conducive business environment by unifying the Chinese ethnic groups .

    The prosperity of today Johor Bahru is due to the solid foundation laid down by these pioneers and the harmonious relationship enjoy by all the races. The Temple continues to be a living symbol of the mission of the Chinese entrepreneurs in Johor Bahru.
    Written July 12, 2023
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  • Dimple958
    New York City, NY60 contributions
    Very colorful and beautiful temple with thousands of glass mosaics. Its small and in not in a noticeable location. Fairly new so most locals don't know it off the top of their heads. There is an entrance fee for foreigners which was shocking to me as a Hindu as we don't charge to visit temples but nonetheless this temple has a fee.
    Written January 17, 2023
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  • LESTERSEOW@SEU338E
    Penang Island, Malaysia117 contributions
    I would recommend to all those history lovers out there. I learn a lot about the heritage of Johor after visiting this museum. One of Johor Bahru founding father was Wong Ah Fook and I was curious to learn more about him. This museum had allowed me to get to know his history and the impact he had made in shaping Johor Bahru
    Written April 5, 2020
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,658 contributions
    KSL City Mall has been Singaporeans' top picks of the malls in JB to shop. Beside food and shopping, Singaporeans came here to pamper themselves with beauty services, wellness, spa and massage including nail and hair treatment and watch movies. I was shocked to see more than 50 salons, hair studios and massage parlors in the mall at almost every level. The prominent ones include Studio M, VZ Hair Salon, Cozy Massage, SQ Massage, Relux Zone, BKK Thai Spa, X PRO, De Nail Palace, SMA Hair and Beauty, etc. It was not the original KSL City Mall I know of when it was open.

    There are also dental clinics, optical shops and pharmacies which give comparatively cheaper rates and charges than that same goods and services in Singapore. Apparently, the mall has adapted to meet the interests and needs of Singaporeans.

    Compared to AEON Tebrau City, Mid Valley South key and Toppen, this mall is unbelievably congested with push carts and atrium display that there is no space for seats. Push carts selling street food at the lower ground floor and also push carts are at every level selling phone accessory, snacks, apparels, watches, slippers and many other items.

    Car servicing workshops sprouted around the vicinity of the mall to cater to Singaporeans who may find it cheaper to service their cars here. On every Monday night, there is also a Pasar Malam set up just outside the mall and Singaporeans can patronize the many makeshift stalls selling roasted duck, jackfruit, rojak, durians, buns, fish, vegetables, satay, Thai mango sticky rice, etc.

    If you are not driving, just take bus F100 JB Sentral Bus Interchange and it alights directly at KSL City Mall. Bus fare is only RM1.50. The famous Ming Ang Confectionery is located just across the road from the mall, and you can buy the palatable local pastries and tau sar biscuits at this outlet. There is also a well-known bak kut teh shop on the same stretch of shops as Ming Ang Confectionery. Old Chang Kee, Seoul Garden, Sushi King, SK Jewelry, Watsons, Guardian Pharmacy, Factory Outlet Store, Starbuck, Coffee Leaf & Bean etc are familiar brands to Singaporeans and you can find them all in the mall. Maybe, NTUC Fairprice or Sheng Siong Supermarkets can open a branch here which will definitely attract more customers than Lotus's Hyper-mart.

    Before I departed KSL City for JB Sentral, I bought 3 packets of heong peah (biscuits) - bamboo charcoal, traditional sesame pastry and the original heong peah from the Snack Boys Shop for my family.

    KSL City Mall has been specially molded to suit the taste and likings of Singaporeans. It is really a haven here and Singaporeans enjoy 吃喝玩乐 (eat, drink and be merry) especially when the conversion rate of the currency is in favor of Singapore.

    I could not feel this atmosphere at Plaza Pelangi or AEON Tebrau or Toppen or even at Bukit Indah. It is here at KSL City that I could see the craziness of Singaporeans pampering themselves in hair salons, reflexology and wellness centers, massage parlors, beauty spa and nail studios.
    Written July 14, 2023
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,658 contributions
    I forgot that it was September school holiday until I reached the border immigration when I saw parents and children gathering in long queues waiting for the cross border public buses. But it was too late to reverse my travel decision.

    Fortunately, Paradigm Mall is not that popular among Singaporeans as compared to City Square, KSL and Mid Valley South Key. From JB Sentral, I took bus T31 to this mall. The bus fare cost RM2.20 and I alighted at a bus stop after Kip Mall.

    The mall is extremely large with 7-level of retail outlets and very spacious and lustrously clean. Unless you like ice skating at the Blue Ice-Skating Rink at level 3, Singaporeans would prefer convenience and would rather satisfy their shopping urge at City Square or KSL. The number of beauty, hair and massage salons with competitive pricing and the popular restaurants and eateries are not as many as at KSL and City Square.

    There was an atrium promotion for moon cakes, but the crowd was not there. The entire mall was miserably quiet and lack of business. The Food arcade at Level 4 does not seem to be popular and not well patronized. In fact, I saw comparatively more customers at the Fastfood outlets at Fish & Fish, Macdonald, KFC and Pizza Hut. In terms of customers' volume, I saw a stark contrast at these fast-food outlets at City Square. When I reached City Square in the afternoon, I was alarmed at the long queue at Lavender Bakery but the business at the outlet at this mall was lackadaisical.

    Maybe the mall needs to re-strategize to target Singaporeans by offering a free shuttle bus service from JB Sentral to the mall.
    Written September 6, 2023
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,658 contributions
    I visited KSL Mall on Monday. The Pasar Malam sets up every Monday in front of KSL from 4 pm to 9 pm. Quite a long stretch of makeshift stalls along Jalan Seladang. Bus F100 pick-up point was diverted to the other exit near KFC and Old Chang Kee on every Monday due to the road closure.

    While the make-shift stalls were setting up at about 4 pm, I went to have a look. From durians, jackfruits, drinks, vegetables, fish, toys, dumplings, kueh kueh to roasted ducks, grocery items, satay, otak otak, buns, corns, etc, etc, you can find a diversified range of items here. I saw queues at stalls selling roasted duck, the rojak, jackfruits, fried bee hoon, kuey teow. Residents from Taman Abad also flooded at the fresh vegetables to select their vegetables. While the cold drinks look refreshing and thirst quenching, I would not buy them as their color don't look that natural. It may be labeled soursop, avocado or mulberry and the fruits were displayed side by side, I doubt their authenticity as the drinks appears artificial with color additives.

    The fragrant smell of the burning satay was tempting, and I noticed one only stall operated by a female Malay to have attracted more customers than those by males. Probably, her satay sticks are more meaty and cheaper. Rojak, Zhu Chang Fen and Mui Chee stalls were also quite a favorite. The jackfruit stalls also attracted many buyers as the jackfruits were processed on the spot and freshly cut.

    I like the Hakka specialty stall selling the Yam abacus (suan pan zi), stinky tofu. The Thai mango sticky rice, the Yaki Gyoza, Penang Laksa, Arisan Fried chicken, Teochew Traditional Oyster puff and the Kampar Rojak look unique and appealing.
    Written July 12, 2023
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