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johor bahru, malaysia

Located in the southern part of Peninsular Malaysia, Johor Bahru is the capital city of the state of Johor and is situated just across the border from Singapore. Separated by the Straits of Johor, Singapore and Johor’s history, people, culture and food are tightly intertwined.

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  1. Location: Johor Bahru is located at the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia, bordering Singapore to the south. It is situated on the Straits of Johor, which separates Malaysia and Singapore.
  2. Population: Johor Bahru is the third-largest city in Malaysia, with a population of over 1.5 million people. The city has experienced rapid growth and urbanization in recent years.
  3. Economic Hub: Johor Bahru is a significant economic center, attracting investments and businesses from various industries. It has a well-developed manufacturing sector, particularly in electronics, petroleum refining, logistics, and food processing. The city is also known for its tourism industry, with attractions such as Legoland Malaysia and Johor Premium Outlets.
  4. Transportation: Johor Bahru is well-connected by various transportation modes. It has an international airport, Senai International Airport, which serves both domestic and international flights. The city is also linked to Singapore by two causeways, namely the Johor-Singapore Causeway and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, facilitating cross-border travel.
  5. Landmarks and Attractions: Johor Bahru offers several notable landmarks and attractions. The Johor Bahru City Square is a popular shopping complex in the city center. Other notable places include Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru (Johor Bahru City Square), Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, Istana Bukit Serene (Royal Palace), and the Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple.
  6. Cultural Diversity: Johor Bahru is a multicultural city, with a diverse population comprising Malays, Chinese, Indians, and other ethnic communities. This cultural diversity is reflected in the city’s architecture, cuisine, and festivals, making it a vibrant and dynamic place to visit.
  7. Educational Institutions: Johor Bahru is home to several educational institutions, including universities, colleges, and international schools. Some of the prominent ones are Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor Bahru Polytechnic, and Raffles University Iskandar.

But enough of boring facts. We’re here today to talk about all the reasons why Singaporeans love Johor – and why you should, too!

No. 1 – FOOD !

No. 2 – SHOPPING !

No. 3 – FUN !

Check out this post for how to get to Johor.

Check out this post for Johor travelog (April , June 2023)

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