Travel to Johor Bahru, an exciting city with a rich natural heritage
Fondly known as JB, Johor Bahru is a Malaysian city and the capital of the state of Johor. It’s the second largest city in the country and although it was known as a dirty and uninviting place for many years it’s cleaned up its act and has recently grown into a thriving tourist destination. Today you can visit Johor Bahru and enjoy its many retail and dining opportunities as well as an assortment of historic sites to see.
The area of Johor Bahru was originally founded in 1855, although it didn’t get its current name until seven years later and at that time it was administered from Singapore. Over the years the area became a hub for agriculture. Johor Bahru began to grow and modernize during the reign of Sultan Abu Bakar, when more schools were built as well as places of worship and rail links to Singapore. Although the area grew and became more important over the years, it didn’t achieve city status until 1994.
Johor Bahru has emerged from a past when it was known principally as an industrial area, to become a center for the tourist industry. It does not have the pristine appearance of neighboring Singapore but it does have a fun and adventurous vibe that can be really intoxicating.
Over the years, Johor Bahru has been missed by many people traveling around Malaysia but the rebranding that has taken place has massively increased its popularity. There is something for everyone in this Malaysian city, including museums, a heritage district, enticing cafes and LEGOLAND Malaysia. This is one part of Malaysia that has undergone an extreme makeover and if you visit Johor Bahru today, you can’t fail to have a good time.