Johor has a wide and varied economy ranging from agriculture and industry
to commerce and tourism. There are also historical buildings and traditional
handicraft centres besides some of the finest hotels, off-shore island
resorts, tourist complexes, golf clubs, racing circuits and sport facilities
(both land and sea).
Lovers of ceramic art will find Ayer Hitam a haven for potteries, earthenware,
porcelain and stoneware.The town is a popular transit point for visitors
shopping for lunch or dinner on their way to Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur.
This picturesque town in the north is well-known for its delicious and
inexpensive foodstalls and restaurants. The tree-lined Tanjung is ideal for
evening strolls. The waterfalls at the foot of Mount Ophir (Gunung Ledang) is
accessible from Muar.
This countryside town is famous for its pineapples. An hour's drive from Johor
Bahru, the fishing village has a settlement of fisherman living on stilts by
the shore. The town is also the staging point for visitors going to Gunung
Pulai for waterfall picnics, jungle trekking or mountain climbing.
The Federation International Motorcycle (FIM) has given the honour to this
circuit to host one of the legs of the World Motorcycle Championship. It is
one of the only two legs to be held in Asia. Despite its international status,
this circuit is open to any motorsports enthusiasts to sample the thrills and
spills of the speed adventure.
Royal Abu Bakar Museum (The Grand Palace Johor)
This beautiful palace was commissioned by Sultan Abu Bakar who laid the
foundation stone in 1864. One of the oldest buildings in Johor Bahru, the
Grand Palace has a cosmopolitan architechture with clear Anglo-Malay
influences. Today the palace assumes an additional role as the Royal Abu Bakar
Museum, displaying treasures of the Royal collection
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
Officially opened by the late Sultan Ibrahim in 1980, this mosque is
considered one of the finest in Malaysia. It took 8 years to complete at a
cost of RM400,000. Its architecture, design and setting atop a hill with
sweeping view of the Straits of Johor makes this mosque a famed landmark.
Sultan Abu Bakar Monument
This monument, situated in the seafront opposite the courthouse, commemorates
Sultan Abu Bakar (1864-1895), as the architect of modern Johor. A bronze
replica of the Johor crown surmounts the monument.
Sultan Ibrahim Building
The massive building on Bukit Timbalan dominates the skyline of Johor Bahru.
The saracenic character and fine mosaic detail particularly of the Grand Hall
makes this one of the most interesting buildings in Johor Bahru and
deservingly the famous landmark of the city.
Dataran Bandaraya, or City Square, was officially opened on 31st December 1993
by the Sultan of Johor. A much sought after venue for public events like
parades and stage shows, this popular tourist attraction comprises a large
stage, a minaret, a fountain and a clock tower reputed to be the biggest in
the region. It also has the tallest flag staff in the state. A mega video
screen has been installed for visitors to view live transmissions.
Entering Johor Bahru from Singapore involves travelling across the Causeway
which links the two cities. Completed in 1924 after four years' work, the
Causeway is 1,056 metres long and extends to a depth of 23 metres below the