Towering over Bukit Changar in the city’s downtown core, it’s ready, set and go for an exciting discovery of the city with plenty of buzz to be found nearby, with the famous City Square Mall, Galleria@Kotaraya, Komtar JBCC, R&F Mall and PERSADA Convention Centre.
Just minutes away from the exit point for visitors travelling to and from Singapore (Woodlands checkpoint) via the Causeway, the area is well supported by a network of transportation facilities at Johor Bahru Sentral, an integrated transport hub with intercity buses and trains. The light rail station for the future Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link is closeby, where commuters can seamlessly transfer between Johor Bahru and Woodlands in just five minutes
EAT & DRINK
EMA’S KITCHEN (9-min drive)
Ema’s Kitchen is a stylish, minimalist café that serves cakes and other freshly-baked treats. Favourites vary from onde-onde, caramel nisang to butterscotch cake and Nutella cheese tarts.
HIAP JOO BAKERY AND BISCUIT FACTORY (9-min drive)
Hiap Joo Bakery, one of the oldest and famous bakery in Johor has been in operation since 1919 selling freshly baked malt-flavoured breads and aromatic banana cakes. One of the prominent feature of this bakery is the use of the wood-fired oven. Cakes are usually ready by noon so arrive earlier to queue to avoid being disappointed.
RESTORAN KIN HUA (9-min drive)
Start your day right with a hearty breakfast at this simple, no-frills kopitiam. Head to Restoran Kin Wah near Jalan Tan Hiok Nee (Culture Street) for a taste and feel of traditional local breakfast, at its best. Come back close to noon to join the queue across the street for charcoal grilled banana cake at Hiap Joo bakery.
SEAFOOD @ DANGA BAY (9-min drive)
Nothing beats having seafood by Danga Bay, along the stretch of sandy shore., soaking in the sunset.
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
ARULMIGU SRI RAJAKALIAMMAN GLASS TEMPLE (6-min drive)
An iconic Hindu temple that stands out among the rest in its glistening beauty – both figuratively and literally. The first-ever glass temple in the world has gone from being just a place of worship to a must-visit attraction in the state.
JOHOR ANCIENT TEMPLE (7-min drive)
Established in the 1800s, this temple is one of the oldest structures in the city and became the symbol of unity among five Chinese ethnic groups of Teochew, Hoklo (Hokkien), Cantonese, Hakka and Hainanese. Believed to be the first Chinese temple in Malaysia to be named after a state, the temple’s courtyard being surrounded by high walls exudes calm far removed from the downtown traffic of Johor Bahru.
TAN HIOK NEE HERITAGE STREET (7-min drive)
Known as Johor Bahru’s Heritage Food Trail, this street is refurbished to commemorate the heritage of the Straits Chinese and Malays. Some of the buildings and shophouses are kept in their original state. There is a good mix of famous old shops and newly-opened hipster cafes around here.
SUNSET AT DANGA BEACH (7-min drive)
Catch the beautiful sunset at Danga Beach as you take a relaxing stroll along the beach and enjoy the sounds of the crashing waves.
ABANDONED KAMPUNG HOUSES AT RUMAH LIMAS
Traditional houses in Malaysia were modernized over time to reflect the environmental, cultural and historical context in which they existed. More than 100 traditional and vernacular Malay houses which were built in the 1900s still exist but are constantly deteriorating and vanishing, due to social changes and the pressure of urban redevelopment. Appreciate the nuances in architecture across the many states, with a main focus on the pyramid roof, often seen in traditional kampung houses.
A "Do You Know?" moment. Experience the destination like a local.
BEYOND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
ISTANA BUKIT SERENE
Istana Bukit Serene is the royal palace and official residence of the Sultan of Johor. Facing the Straits of Johor, it has a bird's eye view of Singapore. The palace has a huge sprawling garden which is a common site for many royal gatherings and celebrations.
A place for the whole family to enjoy, LEGOLAND is a LEGO-theme amusement park with rollercoasters, live shows and amazing attractions.
Concert Siti Nurhaliza at Persada Johor - 18 & 19 Nov