Top 5 Johor Bahru Attractions

Top 5 Johor Bahru Attractions

City: Johor Bahru
State: Johor
Country: Malaysia

A bustling city at the South tip of Peninsular Malaysia, Johor Bahru is the largest city in the state of Johor, and a major regional transportation and manufacturing hub. Positioned as an industrial city, Johor Bahru has few places of interest to a casual tourist, although it's known for its popular shopping malls and waterfront restaurants.

Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Johor Bahru, all of which hold important cultural or historical significance. All these are permanent locations which can be visited and viewed at any time throughout the year.

1. Legoland Malaysia


Legoland Malaysia is 1 of only 6 intergrated LEGO theme parks worldwide, and is the only one in Asia. Located 22 kilometres away from Johor Bahru city center, near the coast of South Johor, the theme park features 7 themed areas (Miniland, The Beginning, Land of Adventure, Imagination, LEGO Kingdom, LEGO Technic, and LEGO City), with over 40 interactive rides, and a nearby LEGO themed water park and hotel. The star highlight is the Miniland themed area, where major Asian and Malaysia landmarks were reconstructed with LEGO bricks.

2. Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum

The Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum, also known as the Royal Abu Bakar Museum, is a premier tourist attraction in Johor Bahru. The opulent former home of the Sultan of Johor, the Istana Besar / Grand Palace was converted into a museum in 1990. Showcasing the wealth of the Sultans, including royal heirlooms and impressive artifacts, with beautifully landscaped grounds, and a distinctive Anglo-Malay architecture, this museum is the finest of its kind in Malaysia.

3. Johor Bahru Art Gallery

While small, the Johor Bahru Art Gallery, also known as Galeri Seni, houses a good collection of traditional and modern Malay art and handicrafts, including paintings, ceramics, clothing, sculptures, calligraphy, and traditional Malay weapons. Considered the arts and cultural centre of Johor, it is a fine example of the state contributions to the culture of Malaysia.

4. Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque

Due to a large Muslim population, there are many mosques throughout Malaysia, but some of the most beautifully designed are in Johor. Of these, the most famous is the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque. Architect Tuan Haji Mohamed Arif bin Punak based the mosque design on a fusion of colonial English Victorian, Moorish, and Malay architecture. The result is a stunning place of worship, with 4 minarets that resemble British clock towers, carved Egyptian pillars, a Moorish pyramid roof and dome, and Italian Venetian marble panelling and stained glass.

5. Angry Birds Activity Park

The Angry Birds Activity Park Johor Bahru is an indoor theme park located within Komtar Johor Bahru City Centre (JBCC) / Tun Abdul Razak Complex, a major shopping mall in Johor. This family friendly theme park is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia and Malaysia, and is based on the popular Angry Birds game app by Rovio Entertainment. Featuring 4 themed zones (Danger Zone, Utopia, Classic, South Beach), there are a variety of activities including go-karting, video games, foam pit, scoot track, and even a parkour area!