State Secretariat Building

The building was built in 1940 and is located on a hill called Bukit Timbalan. Despite the appearance of highrise buildings in recent years, the square tower of the massive building still dominates the Johor Bahru skyline. It houses the state secretariat as well as the other departments of the state government. Visitors may find the grand hall of particular interest.

Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque


This mosque, said to be one of the most beautiful in Malaysia, was completed in 1900, a few years after the death of the sultan it is named after. The mosque, which took eight years to build, can accommodate 2,000 worshippers. It is located on spacious grounds not far from the Istana Besar overlooking the Tebrau Straits.

Royal Abu Bakar Museum

The imposing palace along Jalan Tun Dr Ismail was built by the late Sultan Abu Bakar, Father of Modern Johor. It houses an impressive collection of many rare and beautiful treasures from all over the world.
Admission fees are as follow:


1.Adults - US$7.00
2.Children (below the age of 12)-US$3.00


1. Adults - RM5.00
2. Children(below the age of 12) - RM!.00
3. Schoolchildren in uniform - RM1.00

Opening hours:

Daily from 10am to 6pm except on Friday.

Tickets are available at the entrance from 10am to 5pm.

For further information, please call: The Curator Royal Abu Bakar Museum Tel: 07-223 0555, 223 0222.

Within the palace grounds is the Mawar Gift Shop
- a souvenir shop where visitors may purchase a     variety of items as mementoes.


City Square

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.

Johor Art Gallery

The Johor Art Gallery was built in 1910 and houses all 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 fine art.

Handicraft Centre

Located within the Mawar Complex, this building was painstakingly restored at great cost to preserve a part of the rich traditional heritage of Johor.Today it houses the exhibition and sales centre of KARYANEKA,ffering a variety of traditional and contemporary handicrafts ranging from batik, hand woven textiles, silverware, basketry, woodcarvings and pottery. goods for sale. The Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation (JARO) maintains a shop in Jalan Sg.Cat where visitors can purchase a wide variety of goods such as baskets, soft dolls and other handicrafts made by handicapped persons. In addition, the Johor Craftown Handicraft Centre at m.s 36,3 3/4 m.s Jalan Skudai, off Jalan Abu Bakar, offers hand-drawn batik cloths, batik paintings, straw mats and other.

The Causeway

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. In January 1942, the British army demolished part of it as invading Japanese forces prepare to attack Singapore from the north.
The Japanese soon effected repairs and the Causeway resumed its role as an important road, railway and general communications link. The crossing includes a pedestrian walkway for the energetic.Singapore gets a good deal of water supply from large water pipes which have been laid across the Causeway from Johor.