Johor Bahru is the southernmost city in Malaysia and is one of the largest cities in the country. Founded in 1855, Johor Bahru was previously known as Iskandar Puteri or Tanjung Puteri. The area was renamed "Johor Bahru" in 1862 and became the capital of the Sultanate when the Sultanate administration centre was moved there from Telok Blangah. The city was also once known as "Little Swatow (Shantou)" by the Chinese community in Johor Bahru called Teochew people.
The population growth rate of Johor Bahru is among the highest in Southeast Asia. The local ethnic Malays speak the Malay language while the language primarily spoken by the local Chinese is Mandarin Chinese. The Chinese community is mainly represented by several dialect groups such as Teochew, Hainanese, Hakka and Hokkien. The Indian community predominantly speaks Tamil.
Johor Bahru is the main commercial centre for Johor and is located in the Indonesia–Malaysia–Singapore Growth Triangle. The city receives about 16 million tourists annually. Most tourists come from Singapore due to the low currency at Johor Bahru, and the city makes a very cheap place to shop. Also, the city is also part of the Sijori Growth Triangle which has recorded one of the highest growths in Southeast Asia over the last couple of years.
1. Senai International Airport
Senai International Airport started its operation in 1974 and managed by Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd. It is the main airport in Johor and mostly cater the people from the southern states of Peninsular Malaysia. This international airport is capable of handling up to 3.5 million passengers and 80,000 tonnes of cargo per annum. Among the facilities available at the airport are nursery/diaper change room, prayer rooms, locker service, foreign exchange and ATM as well as facilities for the disabled.
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Johor Bharu is generally hot all year round and best to visit from April to October. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Johor Bahru, the hottest months are June, May and April. The warmest time of year is generally mid-June where the temperatures are regularly around 90.3°F (32.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 75.2°F (24°C) at night. As for humidity, the least humid month is February (78.9% relative humidity) and the most humid month is November (84.5%). Besides that, the windiest month is January followed by February and December.
1. Legoland Malaysia - It is the first Legoland theme park in Asia and sixth in the world upon its establishment. The official opening of Legoland Malaysia was made by Sultan Ibrahim Ismail, Sultan of Johor on 22 September 2012. Legoland Water Park is a Lego-themed water theme park with over 40 attractive games and attractions. The cost of Legoland Malaysia and the water theme park was RM720 million, while The Legoland Hotel cost RM190 million. Besides that, Legoland Malaysia also features attractions around the world made from lego such Taj Mahal, Petronas Twin Tower and many more. Besides Malaysia, there is also a Legoland theme park in other countries such as the United States of America, Denmark and England.
2. Danga Bay - Danga Bay is one of the famous attractions in Johor Bahru. This attraction houses a shopping mall, restaurants and cafes, hotels and park. Firstly, the shopping mall called Danga City Mall consists of high end and affordable retail outlets, entertainment and dining places. Besides that, numerous restaurants are located here, and they are usually packed in the evening and at night time because Danga Bay offers the best waterfront view. On top of that, the Danga Bay Park also attracts children as it offers many activities for them.
3. Abu Bakar Royal Museum - Abu Bakar Royal Museum is one of the oldest buildings in Johor and was built in 1866. It was commissioned by the late Sultan Abu Bakar and is also known as the Johor Grand Palace. The architectural of this museum was inspired by Renaissance style and constructed by local artisans under the supervision of a European architect. In 1982, it had turned into a museum and officially opened to the public in 1990. It is comprised of information and artefacts of the Royal Family. Besides that, this museum also showcases belongings of the Royal Family including weapons and silverware and exhibit the royal family tree. Also, there also other attractions named after Sultan Abu Bakar such as Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque and the Sultan Abu Bakar Monument which are also situated nearby this museum. This museum opens from Saturday until Thursday from 9 is to 5 pm.