JOHOR DARUL TAKZIM
Johor covers an area of 19,984 square kilometer, is the
third largest state in Malaysia with the population of two million
people constitute a representative mix of Malaysia's three main
ethnic communities, the Malays, Chinese, Indian and others.
The state consisted of 8 districts namely, Johor Bahru, Batu
Pahat, Kluang, Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Muar, Pontian and Segamat.
Johor is situated at the southern tip of the peninsula, just
across the Straits of Johor from Singapore. Its capital is Johor
Bahru. Johor possesses a wide range of attractions, from the
exciting metropolitan atmosphere of Johor Bahru to the forests
of Endau-Rompin Park.The village of Desaru and the remote and
beautiful tropical islands in the South China Sea are favored
by vacationers seeking a relaxed and natural holiday environment,
while the state's commercial centres attract businessmen from
all over the world. This southern gateway to Malaysia, has a
number of prominent historical buildings too. The capital Johor
Baru is linked to Singapore by road and railway and the newly
completed tolled Second Link. The state offers picturesque scenes
of rural kampongs, wildlife sanctuaries, and beautiful islands
off the east coast. Johor’s ceramics and handicrafts are
some of the most artistic and creative. Over the years, millions
of visitors from all over the globe have visited Johor.
History of Johor
With the Portuguese capture of Malacca in 1511, the
Malay kingdom re-established itself in Johor. For the next several
centuries Johor played an important role in the regional power
struggles, eventually allying itself with the Dutch in their
successful capture of Malacca in 1641. Johor's modern history
began with Dato' Temenggong Daing Ibrahim, the son of Temenggong
Abdul Rahman, who was a descendant of Sultan Abdul Jalil IV
of Johor. In 1855, under the terms of a treaty between the British
in Singapore and Sultan Ali of Johor, control of the state was
formally ceded to Dato` Temenggong Daing Ibrahim, who began
to develop Johor. Land was opened to Chinese settlers, and the
cultivation of pepper was initiated, bringing Johor its initial
economic base. The Temenggong was succeeded by his son, Dato'
Temenggong Abu Bakar, who was formally crowned Sultan of Johor
in 1866. Sultan Abu Bakar gave Johor its constitution, developed
its modern administrative system, and constructed the Istana
Besar, the official residence of the Sultan. He is known today
as the Father of Modern Johor.
The state continued to flourish throughout the 19th and 20th
century. Today its economy continues to exhibit strong growth,
with healthy industrial development and outstanding trade and
Town & Cities in Johor
Johor Bahru is a vibrant and exciting commercial city, offering
a host of sporting events, a pulsing nightlife, outstanding
shopping and accommodations, and a wide array of fine restaurants.
Johor Bahru is linked to Singapore via its 1,056-meter causeway,
a dramatic road, rail, and pedestrian link across the Straits
Mersing is a pleasant fishing town, known primarily as the departure
point for some of the most beautiful tropical islands in the
South China Sea, including the legendary Pulau Tioman.
Pontian and Kukup
These two tiny fishing villages along Johor's southwestern coast
offer some of the best fresh seafood in the region. The houses,
as well as the restaurants, are built in traditional style on
stilts at the water's edge.
Muar is a picturesque town along the western peninsular coast.
Also known as Bandar Maharani, Muar is in many ways a smaller
version of Malacca, its more famous neighbor.
Tanjung Piai, situated in the midst of an extensive area of
mangrove forest, provides visitors with an glimpse of the richness
of Malaysia's coastal fauna as well as an experience of traditional
kampung life. Multi-coloured mangrove crabs, beady-eyed mudskippers,
and crab-eating macaques abound here.
Accommodation facilities available for the state of Johor are
Mutiara Johor Bahru and Grand Continental Johor Bahru for Johor
Bahru and Rimba Resort on Sibu Island.
Places of Interest in Johor
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
A famed landmark, this century-old mosque is said to be one
of the most beautiful in Malaysia. It was completed in 1900,
a few years after the death of the Sultan it is named after.
It look eight years to build and can accommodate 2,000 worshippers.
The Grand Palace and Royal Abu Bakar Museum
The beautiful palace was commissioned by Sultan Abu Bakar, who
laid the foundation stone in 1864. One of the oldest buildings
in Johor, it has a cosmopolitan architecture with clear Anglo-Malay
influence. Today the palace assumes an additional role as the
Royal Abu Bakar Museum, displaying treasures of the royal collection.
Dataran Bandaraya or City Square, was officially opened on 31
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 boasts of 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 water level.
Johor Art Gallery
Founded in 1910, the Johor Art Gallery houses all the discovered
and historical items such as documents and cultural artifacts
traditionally used by Malays, particularly from the State of
Johor. Among the exhibits are clothings, weapons, currency,
manuscripts and examples of calligraphy, ceramic objects and
The Royal Mausoleum
The Royal Mausoleum has been the final place for Royalty of
Johor. The mausoleum is situated along Jalan Mahmoodiah.
This sundrenched beach of Johor Bahru, stretching over 7 km
provides city tourists a variety of water adventures from canoeing,
sailing to cruising.
The legendary beauty of Mount Ophir has made it one of Johor's
most popular attractions for hikers and birdwatchers. The mountain
offers several nature trails to its summit, some lovely waterfalls,
and modern facilities for camping and picnicking.
Other Places of Interest in Johor are Endau Rompin National
Park, Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest, Gunung Ledang Recreational
Forest, Gunung Arong Recreational Forest, Gunung Lambak Recreational
Forests, Gunung Belumut Recreational Forest, Gunung Panti Recreational
Forests, Johor Lama, Ayer Hitam, The Tropical Village Mini-World
Theme Park, Kota Tinggi Waterfall, Ayer Papan, Desaru, Pasir
Gudang Racing Circuit, Tanjung Piai,
Tropical Islands of Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Sibu, Pulau
Lima, Pulau Tengah, Pulau Pemanggil, Pulau Aur, Pulau Besar
and the renown Pulau Tioman.
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