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    Cool down in City Square

    by SLLiew Written Aug 12, 2007

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    There are several major shopping centers in JB.

    City Square is at one time reputed to one of the largest shopping complex in Malaysia. It is a popular meeting place to just cool down from the outside heat and bustling noisy traffic.

    Here you can see the local Johoreans or visiting Singaporeans do their shopping or dining or window shopping inside this multi-storey spacious shopping complex.

    There is a branch of "Popular Bookstore" and "MPH Bookstore" to get maps or guidebooks.

    I bought some postcards here but the post-office is another nearby shopping complex, Komtar.

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    Walking around JB Downtown

    by SLLiew Written Aug 12, 2007

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    JB downtown is relative small, the roads are narrow and with all the traffic crowding to cross the causeway to clear immigration to get to Singapore, it is better to park your car and walk around.

    There are many private as departmental store security car parks right at JB downtown.

    You can explore the many street stalls and eating places and supermarkets.

    Beware of personal security especially at night. There have been cases of snatch thieves riding on motorcycles.

    As well as the busy traffic day or night. Remember where you park as it is easy to lose your orientation.

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    Small Villages around JB

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 21, 2007

    JB is a much poorer area than Singapore, but if you can get outside of the city you will see much, much poorer areas yet. I spent just a few minutes in a village where the people lived in small shacks built on stilts over the water. As you can see from the photos, this is just minutes from the city's tall apartment buildings full of middle-class families.

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    The Grand Palace and Sultan Abu Bakar Museum

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    This beautiful building on the water facing Singapore is the Istana Besar, or the Grand Palace of JB. It was built in 1866 and is used mainly for ceremonies and official functions today. Sultan Abu Bakar oversaw much of the construction by a European architect, he ordered the furniture from England, and he directed the placement of the gardens.

    Since 1982 the Grand Palace has housed a fine museum with many historic pieces. Its features are the throne room, the treasure rooms, and the hunting room. Exhibits include coins, stamps, guns, stuffed wildlife, pottery ceramics, The cost is US $7 if you are foreign and only about US $ .50 if you are Malaysian.

    The gardens are now a large, peaceful public park.

    The Museum is open 9am to 5pm Saturday through Thursday.

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    Central Market

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    The Central Market area is just about 1 km north of the border checkpoint. It is somewhat run down, but busy and full of people. This area has a McDonald's and several other restaurants, as well as a few shopping centers.

    Many people from Singapore shop in JB for the bargains. I have been told that JB prices are about 1/3 the price of the same item in Singapore.

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    Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Mausoleum

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    The Sultan's Mausoleum houses the tombs of the Sultans and their families. It's large gray structure sits in the middle of a common cemetery in town. This is a very quiet, peaceful area filled with rows of neatly aligned trees. Cars and pedestrians are welcome. The cemetery is open 8am to 6pm Monday through Sunday.

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    Waterfront area

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    The old waterfront area, immediately across the border from Singapore, boast s unique architecture, a few restaurants and banks, and little else. Near the Sultan Abu Baker Museum is an area called Waterfront City. It was opened in 2000 as a shopping center but was quickly abandoned before it could reach its full potential and scrapped in 2003. This area is now being re-redeveloped into a 10 acre "tourist, commercial and recreational spot." I think that's marketing language for tourist trap.

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    Royal Museum

    by zuyao Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    The Royal Museum in Johor Bahru is worth a visit. Contains many personal treasures of the Sultans of Johore. There is also an exhibit on the history of the Sultanate, which is quite interesting. The Sultans also enjoyed hunting and there is an exhibit displaying their catches!

    The musem was actually the old palace for the Sultan of Johore. So you can actually see actual rooms, dining area etc. that were used by the royal family. The most impressive part is the throne room. Very majestic and elegant. I think the throne room is still used from time-to-time for official ceremonies.

    The museum is manned by the royal army of the Johore Sultanate, the only remaining army owned by a royal family in Malaysia. These guys are strict, stern and no-nonsense people. But you can always ask them for directions if you are at lost within the complex.

    The royal gardens behind the palace is open to the public. This is a good place for a walk or jog in the mornings or evenings. Do note though that the garden is closed after certain hours in the late evening.

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    All Thing's Fried

    by imran8852 Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    Not All Food Sold By The Street Vendors Are Unhygienic. Just Use Your Common Sense And Choose A Suitable But Clean Shop To Buy. If You Happen To Pass By Jalan Stulang Darat, Don't Miss To Try All The Fried Food That's Being Sold There, Ranging From Banana, Sweet Potato, Tapioca, Mushroom Etc2.

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    Another Little India In J.B?

    by imran8852 Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    When you pass through this road (Jln. Ungku Puan) you will see a lot of stall selling flowers, incenses and other stuff for the Hindu's to pray because the temple is just around the corner. There are quite a number of Indian restaurants at the nearby location too so just drop by and have a feast on spicy curry meal or try some Indian desserts...Relax for awhile before you embark on another journey around J.B town.

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    Pasar Raya Pandan

    by imran8852 Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    Going To Pasar Borong Pandan Doesn't Mean You Can Only Buy Fish And Poultry, You Can Stop Over At The Nearby Pasar Raya Pandan That Offers You Dvd's, Console Game's, Clothing's, Shoe's, Magazines And Book's For Your Shopping Leisure.

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    The First Toll From The South

    by imran8852 Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    Visitors who drive to M'sia via Woodlands Checkpoint have to pay RM2.60 at the toll and if you enter M'sia via the second link the toll will be more than RM10.00 if you exit at Perling, I guessed that's one of the reason why the causeway always have traffic jam. There's news that M'sian Government will increase the price but it is not finalized yet.

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    Explore J.B Town By foot!

    by imran8852 Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    If you are a good walker, all you need are comfy clothing and walking shoes plus a bottle of mineral water for drinking and you are all set to go to explore J.B Town. Most of J.B attraction is located nearby. From this road Jln. Ungku Puan (Inserted Picture) walk straight ahead and you will see the Indian Temple and it will lead you to Dataran Segget and Jln. Wong Ah Fook. On the left (The pink building) is Kota Raya Shopping Center. If you're tired of walking just hail a cab but don't forget to negotiate the price before you take a ride. Normally the price to nearby location will be around RM5.00 to RM10.00.
    You can also hired a cab : This Taxi Driver can be hired coz' she used the 'Meter' Her name is Noli. You can call her Cell Phone : 0197440009

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    Persada Johor

    by imran8852 Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    This newly built convention centre will be hosting various trade and consumer shows, weddings, banquets and other special events. Johore International Convention Centre can accommodate up to 6,600 delegates.

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    Vision City Of The South!

    by imran8852 Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    "Danga Bay: Vision City Of The South"...Danga Bay Is Fast Becoming A Popular Place To Dine And Relax Among Locals And Visitors From Across The Shore . It's Easily Accesible From Singapore Too. There's So Much Things To Do When You're There! Sometimes There Are Carnivals Organized There To Promote Campaigns For Special Events. I've Posted Some Pictures Which I Took From My Handphone, But It's Kind Of Blur As It Was During Night. Danga Bay Can Be Confusing To Reach At Times And If You Have Any Inquiries Or Need Directions To Get There, You Can Visit The Website.

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