Cultural Pursuits in Johor Bahru

BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Johor : Cultural Pursuits in Johor Bahru
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Sure Johor Bahru is famous for it’s good food and many shops, but there are cultural gems within easy reach. Nearby historical landmarks like the Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum and the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque top my list of things to do in Johor Bahru. The treasures of sultan rule at the palace are still impressive as is the old colonial style on show at the Mosque. When I’m looking for someplace serene I’ll head to Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple, a traditional temple where it feels like I’ve stepped into ancient China.

Another wonderful spot to see is also a record-breaker. The Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is one of Johor Bahru’s oldest Hindu temples, and is listed in the Guinness Book of records for being the nation’s only glass temple. Here Indian gods and almost every surface inside the temple are rendered in glass and mirrorwork that is just dazzling.

Down at Danga Bay I take a stroll along the boardwalk on the beachfront. I’m planning on meeting some friends for lobster at Grand Straits Garden Seafood later on, but until they arrive, I wander through the Danga City Mall and then grab a coffee at Insomnia in the Country Bay complex, where I cosy up in and armchair and enjoy the boats bobbing by on the straits. Ah! Simple such worthwhile pleasures!

Culture vultures visiting in Johor Bahru should ask one of my team for more suggestions. They are always happy to share their insider tips.