An Insider’s Guide to What to Do in Johor Bahru in 48 HoursMarch 16, 2018 / byIsarapan / Categories : Amari Johor Bahru
Looking for a new place to go? We recommend Malaysia’s newly thriving metropolis – Johor Bahru! Situated at the southernmost tip of the Malay Peninsula, Johor Bahru is the second largest city in Malaysia and can easily be reached within 5 minutes by train across the causeway from Singapore. This flourishing city offers a variety of activities, unique cultural sites for visitors with a myriad of shopping and dining venues for travellers to explore. Here are the top attractions for you to check-out within a 2-day trip.
Where to stay? Centrally located in the heart of the city business district, the five-star Amari Johor Bahru is situated on Jalan Wong Ah Fook. Adjacent to Zenith Mall lifestyle hub which offers a variety of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, also directly opposite to Komtar JBCC (home to the Angry Birds Activity Park) and City Square Shopping Mall. It takes only 5 minutes to walk to the JB Central, Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex. Everything is within reach when you stay at Amari Johor Bahru.
10:00 AM – Old Chinese Temple
Known as one of the oldest structures in Johor Bahru built in the 19th century, this charming century-old Chinese Temple is a place for a worship and a symbol of unity among Five Chinese Dialect Groups in the city.
10:30 AM – Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple
One of the oldest Hindu temples in Malaysia, also the first and only glass temple in Malaysia built in 1911. The best time to visit is in the mornings when the sun is bright and hitting the Gopuram. You might also want to check out how locals make Indian garlands for worshiping in the flower shops just outside the temple.
11:00 AM – Hiap Joo Bakery
Probably the oldest bakery in Johor, Hiap Joo Bakery has been around since 1919 and is running in the third generation now. The must try items include coconut bun and banana cake. The bakery still practices the original baking methods of using wood fire in their 100-year old oven which takes up half the shop space.
12:00 PM – Johor Bahru Heritage Trail
Colourful mural-covered walls, Islamic, Chinese and Colonial-style buildings and hipster cafes: Johor Bahru is full of these fresh sights and flavours. If you’re into street photography, exploring historical attractions or are a huge foodie, you’ll absolutely love this heritage trail.
Two interesting art galleries and cafes to visit, which is the Ehhe Art Cafe and Art 52 Gallery and Cafe, located along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee. Inside you can savour local and international food or just to try the fresh brewed coffee. Apart from seeing the unique works of art in these places, they sometimes host special art exhibitions as well. Along the heritage walk, some of the old heritage coffee shops are a must-try to experience how the locals enjoy their daily coffee and tea.
3:00 PM – Johor Chinese Heritage Museum
One of the interesting museums to visit in Johor Bahru is the Johor Chinese Heritage Museum where you can learn about how the Chinese migrants came to Johor which dates back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties as early as the 14th century.
7:00 PM – Bazar JB (Pasar Karat)
One of the most popular places in Johor Bahru to explore after dinner is Bazar JB. This colourful night covers a large space through the main heritage zone and its surroundings streets. Vendors are seen selling all sorts of items ranging from clothes, costume jewellery, shoes, accessories and even collectibles where you can bargain at most stalls.
Day 2 (Option 1)
10.00 AM – Shop & Dine at Komtar JBCC Shopping Mall
Among the many shopping malls in JB, Komtar JBCC stands prominent along the main road in the city centre boasting 150 stores throughout its premises. This modern shopping mall has recently been refurbished to give it a fresh new look that comes along with some top name tenants. Best of all, it’s just across the street from Amari Johor Bahru.
13.00 PM – Angry Bird Activity Park
There is no better place for kids and even adults to let it all out than at the Angry Birds Activity Park, located on the 3rd floor within the Komtar JBCC. This mini theme playground is perfect for anyone who wants to let loose in this 26,000 square feet park which was opened in November 2015 and also the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
Day 2 (Option 2)
10.00 PM – LEGOLAND Malaysia
Enjoy a fun day of thrills and spills at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort, the first LEGOLAND Park in Asia and sixth in the world, which brings together a LEGOLAND Theme Park, LEGOLAND Water Park and LEGOLAND Hotel in one LEGO themed location. It is a family holiday destination with more than 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions and designed for families with children aged 2-12. It is the first of its kind in Asia and offers adventure, education and fun for action-packed day trips or short break destination. Open Daily: 10:00 – 18:00
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