Chinese Heritage Museum
We walked to this Shophouse that was converted to a small Museum of the Chinese Heritage.It was located at Jalan Ibrahim , a short walk from our hotel , the Citrus.Go Southwest and you will find this museum between other shophouses.It was well maintained , clean ,pleasant atmosphere and Air Conditioned.Interesting place to learn about how the early Chinese settlers, their contributions for Johor Bahru , the history of British colonial and the Japanese war period.We can see artifacts of the early Chinese settlers, music instruments,photographs, documents ,etc. The accounts of Chinese Secret Societies to be intriguing.
This building has 4 storeys ,the exhibition took place on the first 3 floors , the 4th floor its a temporary exhibition space.Entry price is just RM 5 for adults and RM 2 for Child and Senior.On 3rd floor of this museum you can have Chinese writing stamps,on the brochures provided near the entry.
Business hours Tuesday - Sunday 9.00 am - 5:00 pmRelated to:
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Johor Premium Outlets
The Johor Premium Outlets is located in the outskirts of Johor Bahru City , near Kulai or Senai airport.Took about an hour to reach by taxi to this two storey Outlet building .
Its location was in the middle of nowhere ,in the middle of palm plantation.
They have a website ,so you can check the latest happenings on the Outlet.http://www.premiumoutlets.com.my/center-information
There's many exciting branded shops here like Armani ,Burberry ,Coach, Nike ,Guess ,etc, offering huge discounts as far as 70 %.At some stores, like the Coach , we have to Q to get inside. Stuffs here usually were stocks from the last season ,and not the newest arrival.
Some restaurants are lined between the shops ,reasonably priced.
Worth a visit.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Food and Dining
The biggest cultural & religious procession in JB is the Chingay Procession, otherwise known as youshen (deities procession). The procession is held annually on the 21st day of the Chinese New Year (which is usually in Feb or Mar). The five deities representing the five major Chinese communities would be paraded around JB city with much fan fare. The 130-year old tradition features numerous cultural performances, lion/dragon/tiger dances, Chinese clowns, beautifully decorated floats, martial arts troupes, huge Chingay flags etc. The best place to catch the action would be in front of the City Square shopping mall, along Jalan Wong Ah Fook. The procession starts a shrine at Jln Ulu Ayer Molek at around 7 pm and would arrive at City Square by 9.30pm to shouts of "Huat" and "Heng" which roughly means good fortune.
Thousands of devotees with joss stick in their hands will be walking past together with the parade. The 5 deities coming in at different points of time would be welcomed with eagerness. You have to catch the sight of the deities sitting on the carriage being swing in earnest as a sign of good fortune and prosperity.By the time the last deity passes by it would be past midnight. This is definitely an event not to be missed in JB.
Chinese Heritage Museum
Get to know more about the origins of the Chinese community in Johor Bahru. There are a number of exhibits of traditional Chinese wares, photos of olden days Johor, old documents etc.
The Chinese community came about through the "kangchu" system of plantations. Learn the contribution of Ngee Heng society its relation to the royal family. Get to know also the economic, social and cultural heritage of the Chinese. Not to mention, how the Chinese fared through the colonial period, Japanese occupation, communist insurgency and finally to the birth of an independent Malaya/ Malaysia.
The museum itself is founded by the JB Tionghua Society (formerly Ngee Heng Society) which is made up of the 5 major groups of Chinese in JB, namely the Hokkiens, Teochews, Cantonese, Hakka and Hainanese.
Truly a very educational and interesting visit for those who wants to know more about the history of Johor Bahru.
Entrance fee: RM3 for adults
Opening hours: 9AM - 5PM (Tues - Sun); Closed on Mon
Garden in the City
Hutan Bandar (Johor Bahru, Malaysia) in Malay means “Jungle in the City”. Open daily with free admission, Hutan Bandar is located a 5 minutes drive from Larkin Bus Terminal (or a 20 minutes drive from the City Center). It is a popular spot for family and school excursions. In addition, young people come here for picnic, camping, a game of basketball as well as wedding photo shoots.
Most of the walking trails are man-made and should not pose a challenging to most people. There are presence of lakes, playgrounds, a basketball court and resting area.. and, it makes a romatic setting for wedding proposals (for those who wants it simple only! Not for brides-to-be who prefers a candlelight dinner at an Italian resturant, with a violin dedication.. big diamond ring yada yada..)Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- National/State Park
Overlooking the Johor Straits towards Singapore, the Istana Garden (Sultan Garden) in Johor Bahru (Johor Baru, Johore Bahru, Johor Baharu) is open to public everyday from 7am to 7pm. The Sultan Palace, owned by the Sultan of Johor, consist of several scattered buildings that sits just besides the garden. These buildings are closed to public.
With plenty of free parking lots available, the Istana garden is both accessible and a frequent hunt for family outings. Most people come here for jogging, leisure walk or a game of badminton at an open area in the park. It is also common see couples having their outdoor wedding photos taken here as well. It may get a little crowded during weekends but there are plenty of space for you to run about. A jog round the full garden trail is about 2.5km. Some trails lead up a knoll for more strenuous exercise routine.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- National/State Park
The Johor State Library has newly-opened in Johor Bahru. The book collection is new though modest. The library itself is a quaint, comfortable place to spend a few hours of reading. Unlike most other libraries in Malaysia, the atmosphere is relaxed without too much rules on food/drinks, dressing etc. The ambience if good.
Meldrum Walk is a pedesterian walkway in the middle of Johor Bahru city center. Along this stretch of road, are shops selling DVDs, bags, clothes as well as restaurants serving typical local fare. Also found here are money changers with some of the best rates in town.
However, the area is frequented more by foreign workers than locals. Beware of pickpockets and do not wander off into quiet and dark lanes.
Street of Harmony
The Street of Harmony is JB's hidden treasure of a harmonious and delicated balance region that is manifested by the juxtaposition of places of worship (mosques, temples and churches) and the proximity of its old charms and modern attraction...
The street of harmony covers several streets in the city centre around Jalan Trus and Jalan Wong Ah Fook... The starting point is the Sultan Ibrahim Building... There are interesting features or trades like the old bakery, barber, antiques, charcoal making and Chinese paper figuring... Pewters, fresh flowers, pubs, bookstores, second-hand magazines and books and a host of other products are found along this harmonious path... Local coffee, tea and food are also available in the many coffee shops and modern restaurants lining the street...
Hutan Bandar (City Forest) is a patch of greenery in the city of Johor Bahru. This is a popular haunt for city dwellers to jog, date, and spend evening playing with their kids. It's somewhat like the Central Park of JB.
Indonesian Jamu And Cosmetics
Tri Andara is one of the biggest Jamu shop at Pasar Borong Pandan that sell a lot of Indonesian Jamu and cosmetics. Local herbs or medicines are also available here. If you are one of the users you can get the Indonesian Jamu or cosmetics even when you are in M'sia but the price is slightly more of course! There are shops at Komtar and other shopping center that sell this Indonesian Jamu too.
N.B:‘Indonesian Jamu’ are medicines or cosmetics that were made mostly from herbs.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
Downtown Sikh Temple
Next to the Hindu temple along Jalan Wong Ah Fook is a Sikh Temple . Sikh is an Indian religion founded by "Guru Nanak".
A Sikh Temple is called "Gurdwara" which is in Punjabi, the language of spoken by most Sikhs, originating in India northwest of New Delhi.
The architecture is simple but unique. It is similar to the Sikh Temple found in Penang.
At one time, in Malaysia, the security guard at a bank is often a turbaned guard of Sikh descent.
The Sikh community is small but closely knit.
Downtown Hindu Temple
Along Jalan Wong Ah Fook, you will see the colorful tower of the Sri Mariamam Temple.
Similar temples like of Southern India origin can be found throughout all major towns in Malaysia with significant Hindu Indian populations.
You can enter the temple but have to remove your shoes in the inner sanctum. Just ask if not sure. Photography is generally permitted.
As usual, you will find ferral pigeons at Hindu temple ground as well as the stalls outside selling flowers to dedicate to the Hindu dieties.
Playground of JB - Danga Bay
A popular place to be for locals and tourists is Danga Bay.
Whether you want to take a boat ride, train tram or ride a bicycle or enjoy a stroll, this coastal public park with adequate car parks and no admission fees is the ideal place.
It can be hot during the day but in the evening with the cool breeze, it is ideal for family time or couples for the night out. There are many different eating places from cafes, restaurants to street style stalls.
There is also a night market to buy souvenir, bargains and trinkets.
JB Landmark Clock Tower
Overlooking the Tebrau Straits is another of JB famous landmark - the Clock Tower.
It is another Anglo-Victorian-Moorish style building.
In the eveninng, it is lighted up and a welcoming sight to all visitors to JB.
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