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Johor Bahru - Johor, Malaysia

The Sultans Palace in Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the capital of one of Malaysia's fastest growing and most populus state. As such this city is an asian melting pot with a bit of a history. Speaking of history; the city has been known once under the names of Tanjung Puteri and Iskandar Puteri. But this was at times when it was still a little fishing village in close proximity to Singapore.


No fancy story here. Sultan Abu Bakar was responsible for renaming then Iskandar Puteri to Johor Bahru in 1862. The english spelling has differed for decades yet the Malysian spelling is the one internationally used today.


Traditional dancing at a music festival

In 1819 the area came under the control of Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim who used his ties to the British in Singapore to establish his rule with their backing. In 1855 a treaty was signed in Singapore between Sultan Ali and Temenggong Ibrahim which handed control over the area of Tanjung Puteri to Temenggong in exchange for Johor's Sultan title and money.
Temenggong renamed the place to Iskandar Puteri and administered it from Singapore. At this point the area is still wild jungle with little else than the fishers house wedged between the trees and waterline. To jumpstart the area Temenggong started to encourage the immigration of Chinese and Javanese people who in turn started logging and agrigculture at the site.
Temenggong died on the 31st January 1862 and left his son in charge; Abu Bakar. The town was renamed to Johor Bahru and by 1899 the administration had been relocated from Singapore to its new location on site. Extensive construction of infrastructure followed and and in 1923 the Malaysian and Singapore railway networks were linked through the Johor-Singapore Causeway. The State Mosque and the Royal Palace were also constructed during this period.
The region continued to grow until the Japanese invasion in 1942. Johor Bahru was the last town to fall but should become the Forward Operations Base for the Imperial Japanese Army on their way to Singapore.

Geography & Climate

Earth and things and rocks and such. Sediments found here reach from granite to sandstone with a few others mixed in. And even though it's neighbours Indonesia and the Philippines are bristling with volcanos, there is none in Malaysia. Or lets say there is no active one we know of in 2015.
The climate is as anticipated tropical. Quite constant temperatures between 25° and 28°C and high humidity throughout the year. The rainiest months are September to December during the northeast monsoon.

Today's Johor Bahru

Skyline of Johor Bahru

The city's current demographic puts its citizens at about 50% Malay, 35% Chinese, 1% Indians and other minorities. Supported as well by the myriads of day-tourists from Singapore. Taking advantage of the stronger Singapore Dollar Johor Bahru became quite a weekend paradise for nearby Singapore (Traffic on the causeway can get unbearable on weekends).
Tourism is actually so extensive in Johor Bahru that it accounts for almost 50% of the country's anual 22.5 million tourists. As such you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation and eating out.
There's also a lot of things to do and visit, not counting the constant expositions and festivals celebrated throughout the city.

Hotels in Johor Bahru

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