Johor is a state in Malaysia that is located in the southern part of the Peninsula Malaysia. This state is rich in culture and its diversity in food keep people coming back for more. Johor was named after Arabic word “Jauhar” which means precious gems. Arab influence in Johor has been significant due to Arab traders who used to come to trade spices a long time ago. Visitors and traders from Siam used to call Johor “Gangganu” which also means gems.
Johor’s culture, especially its traditional dances owe their existence to Arabs mostly. The musical instruments used in Zapin and the movements can be traced back to the Arabs’ Hadramaut. The Javanese also had heavy influence on Johor’s culture. Kuda Kepang, a dance which uses horse-shaped plaited mats as props, originated from Java. The dance is mystical and some performances involve the witch doctor, as the dancers sometimes ended up being possessed by what they believe is spirit of the horses.
Johor Bahru is the capital of the southernmost state, Johor and is one of the largest city in Malaysia. Johor Bahru is connected by two bridges with its neighboring country, Singapore. Although it is not our most favourite city in Malaysia, Johor Bahru is indeed known for its attractions and famous landmarks like Tioman Island and the vast number of shopping malls.
Some of the best attractions in Johor that must be visited includes –
When you are tired of walking around the whole city, Johor is also home to some of the largest shopping mall in the country. Here are some of the must visit shopping malls when you are down in Johor.