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Johor

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Best Time: April - September Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest Airport: Senai International Airport Check Flights

"Malaysia in a State"

Johor Tourism

Located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, Johor is a Malaysian state consisting of highly diverse rainforests and is renowned for its beaches. The jungles of Johor have a wide array of plant and animal species and there is a huge network of rivers which originate from the mountains and hills and are spread across the west, south and east. The state of Johor provides a perfect insight into the Malay culture, tradition and history and is famous for its diversity in language and ethnicity.

Johor is a Muslim dominated state which was initially known as Gangganu or Ganggayu (which translates to Treasury of Gems) owing to its abundance of gemstones near the Johor River. It was also referred to as Ujong Medini (which translates to Land’s end) as it is located at the southern tip. The name Johor comes from the Arabic word ‘Jauhar’ meaning precious jewel or stone and was changed as the local people found it difficult to pronounce the Arabic word Jauhar.

There are several engaging attractions in the state which include Endau Rompin National Park that houses waterfalls and diverse species. The capital of the state Johor Bahru is a chief part that comprises of Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple and the Victorian-era Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque which reflect the history of the place.

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Vibrant Culture of Johor

The different ethnicities through the history of Johor have influenced its culture, making it a unique amalgamation.
  • The art performances practised in the town include zapin, hamdolok and Masri and the musical instruments used include qambus which shows an Arab influence.
  • Zapin dance was initiated by Arab Muslim missionaries and it has different forms in five different regions namely zapin tengl and zapin pulau in Mersing, zapin pekajang in Johor Bahru, zapin lenga in Muar, zapin koris in Batu Pahat and zapin seri bunian in Pontian.
  • The different Chinese ethnic groups in Johor namely Cantonese, Hakka, Hoklo, Teochew and Hainanese come together to organize a Chingay parade every year around the Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple.
  • The Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum very well represents the past of the Chinese migrators to Johor.
  • Indian influence can be found in the ghazals, Buginese and Javanese influence are showcased in the kuda kepang and bosara dances which were introduced by the immigrants.
  • The making of traditional medicines, souvenirs and handicrafts can be traced from the Aboriginal culture.
  • All the cultural performances usually take place during festivals and weddings in Johor.

Diverse Cuisines in Johor

Johor has to offer a wide array of international cuisines which have been influenced by Buginese, Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Arab and Indian cultures. The famous dishes include Cathay laksa, cheese murtabak, Johor laksa, kway teow kia, asam pedas, mee rebus, pineapple pajeri, Pontian wanton noodles, mee bandung, Muar satay, san lo fried bee hoon, telur pindang and otak.

Notable desserts include banana cake, kluang buns, pisang goring, burasak, lontong and kacang pool. Mouth-watering Vietnamese food, Filipino food, Indonesian food, Korean food, Japanese food, Taiwanese food and Thai food can be found in Johor Bahru and Iskandar Puteri. Some Johor based companies also promote state drinks namely Fun Hut, NJ Natural Juice and Deluxe Rich.

Shopping in Johor

The capital city, Johor Bahru is a major shopper’s stop and consists of several shopping malls such as City Square Mall, the ZON Mall, Landmark IT Mall, AEON Tebrau City, Sutera Mall, Plaza Pelangi, KSL City, Danga City Mall, Plaza Larkin and AEON Bukit Indah. At the malls, along with shopping the visitors can also enjoy bowling, eat at the food courts, restaurants, outlets like Coffee Bean and Starbucks and have fun at the cine complexes.

For local shopping, Jalan Segget is a good place to visit where the daily markets take place selling a good range of bags, accessories and clothes at compelling prices.

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A show of diversity of cuisines, culture and ethnicity.

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The nightlife in Johor is not so great.

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