Vip Malaysia - History and Culture in Johor

Johor is well known about the history and culture. From foods, people to history especially their signature building, palace etc. The people in Johor is very polite and friendly. No wonder they have very good history and culture.


Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim

Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim

Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim is a monument of western and eastern architecture, a symbol where traditional and modern civilization blended harmoniously together.


Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim was the earliest skyscrapers and stood the tallest amongst the buildings in Johor Bahru until the 1970s.

Officially inaugurated in 1942, this historic building is a symbol of the King’s visionary plans for Johor. Gaze at the building’s western and eastern design, a product of the prominent British architecture firm Palmer and Turner.


With a total build-up area of 60,000 sq ft, the total construction of Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim was estimated to cost a whopping RM2 million.

Address & Details

Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim

Jalan Bukit Timbalan

Bandar Johor Bahru

80000, Johor Darul Ta’zim.

Telephone: +607-266 6070/71

Entrance Fee



Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru

Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru

The soul of Johor Bahru captured in a square that serves as a reminder of the humble beginnings of this thriving, rapidly developing city. Dataran Bandaraya has been the main square of Johor Bahru since it was declared a city back in December of 1993.

The clock tower which stands mightily in the square was erected not long after, and is now an iconic landmark forever etched in the city’s rich heritage. The dataran is now used for large scale official events, with a stage set up just in front of the clock tower.


At night, multiple vans set up shop here, making this a great place to have a steamboat dinner. Whenever major football games of the local team are being played, multitudes of fans drop by to watch the match on the big screen that is set up by the stage. Though there has been so much development around Dataran Bandaraya since it was first built, it is one of the few places where you can still feel original spirit of Johor Bahru.

Address and Details

Jalan Sungai Chat

Sri Gelam

80100 Johor Bahru


Telephone: +607 219 8000


Dataran Batu Pahat

Dataran Batu Pahat

Looking for a fun vibrant nightlife scene at Batu Pahat ? Check out Dataran Batu Pahat, place where you and your friends consider hang out at. Like some sort of “uptown”, Dataran Batu Pahat has a lot to offer for their visitor such as foods stall, arts selling, and much more.

There are also events such as concert, exhibition, and cultural performance took place once in a while since it is an open field in the middle of the town of Batu Pahat. Truly all-in-one center for your needs!   

The Dataran’s prominent landmark is a pair of hands chiseling stone sculpture that represents Batu Pahat’s square. Place that won’t call it a night.

Address and Details

Jalan Rahmat, Kampung Bahagia

83000 Batu Pahat

Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Open Everyday 24 hours

Dataran Segamat

Dataran Segamat

Dataran Segamat – Dataran Segamat or Segamat Square was constructed in 1996 as the main venue for Johor’s state level celebration of the Malaysian National Day. 

In 2005, when Segamat was once again chosen as the state-level host, Dataran Segamat was renovated beautifully. It also houses the clock tower and a durian replica that makes Dataran Segamat the landmark of Segamat.

Address and Details

Jalan Omar, Kampung Gubah

85000 Segamat

Johor Darul Ta’zim.


Galeri Dato Onn (BP)

Galeri Dato Onn (BP)

You know his name but not his story. So consider yourself to get to know Johor’s late former Chief Minister deeper than ever at gallery Dato Onn Jaafar located at Batu Pahat, Johor.

In this gallery contained some memory, photographs, artifacts and personal items belong to Dato Onn that are well preserved and displayed orderly in the main gallery as well as exhibition hall. Visitor can look forward to witnessing the daily life of our statesman

Address and Direction

JKR 525 Jalan Dato Mohd Shah Gunong Soga

Batu Pahat

83000 Batu Pahat, Malaysia

General Inquiries: +607-431 7220

Operating Hours

9.00am-4.30pm everyday(except Friday and Public Holiday)

Galeri Seni Johor

Galeri Seni Johor

(Also known as Johor Art Gallery)

Connect to Johor’s history, art and architectural glory at the Johor Art Gallery, a historical building that stood the test of time since 1910.

Located in Jalan Petrie, The Johor Art Gallery building was built in the year of 1910 and used to be the official residence of the Chief Minister of Johor, Dato’ Abdullah Jaafar. He was the third Chief Minister of Johor.

The government decided that one way of preserving the unique architecture of the building was to turn it into an art gallery. This art gallery was opened on 29th January 1994 by the Chief Minister of Johor Bahru.

Full Address Johor Art Gallery

JKR 144, Jalan Petrie, Kampung Bahru

80100 Johor Bahru

Johor Darul Ta’zim.

Telephone: +607-226 3266

Entrance Fee

It is free!

Galeri Terompah Mastor

Galeri Terompah Mastor

(Discover our malay heritage through Terompah Mastor gallery.)

Gallery that consist variety of terompah’s shape and color. With seven form of terompah’s design, each of them used bright and colorful paint to evoke the happy mood of the wearer.

Over one thousand terompah been made every month to meet the need of customer both locals and abroad.  Now you know it is not your typical terompah.

So what you waiting for? Be a guest at Terompah Mastor gallery and rock it those wooden sandal like how our grandma does before!

How to get there?

Galeri Terompah Mastor

Jalan Benut, Simpang Renggam

Johor Darul Takzim


General Tel: N/A


Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple

Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple

Immerse in the rich culture of the Sikh at Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple and learn more on their exotic heritage.

 Walk amongst the 22 Sikh Gurwurkhi students at the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple, situated in the heart of Johor Bahru. They are here on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Giani Gurdit Singh Ji Ghali Village Ghal Kalan. Ferozpur served as a Granthi for nearly 22 years in this Gurdwara from 1950 to 1972.

Explore this majestic landmark of the Sikh community in Johor Bahru and see a display of culture and customs that dates back for centuries.

This Gurdwara is managed by an elected committee comprising a president, secretary, treasurer and their assistants and ten other committee members, working together to ensure that this holy landmark remains as majestic as it was first built.

Address and Location

Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple

1, Jalan Trus

80000 Johor Bahru

Johor Darul Ta’zim.

Operating Hours

Sunday (9:30am – 11:30am) – Normal Weekly Prayers
Saturday (6:30pm – 8:00pm) – The Naujawan Programmes
Tuesday (2:30pm – 4:30pm) – The Isteri Satsang Programmes

Istana Bukit Serene

Istana Bukit Serene

(Also known as Laman Mahkota.)

The Istana Bukit Serene is the official residence for the Sultan of Johor and remains as one of the most famous landmarks in Johor.

The Istana Bukit Serene keeps its gates closed for safety precautions, but visitors can still snap photos and take in the majestic view of the palace. Marvel at the high tower, measuring as high as 35 metres and fully crafted with traditional motives and fascinating carvings.

Inside, a huge garden accentuates the palace and becomes the meeting grounds for celebrations and gatherings of the Royals.

The crown arch that complements the palace was actually built as a gift by the Sultan of Johor for the people. If you’re lucky, you will get to see the Royal Highness himself as he gracefully entertains the tourists.

Address to Palace

Istana Bukit Serene

Jalan Straits View, Bukit Serene

80200 Johor Bahru

Johor Darul Ta’zim.

Jeti Nelayan Sungai Rambah

Jeti Nelayan Sungai Rambah

A quaint fisherman’s jetty painting the picture of hardworking Malaysians whose lives depend solely on the sea. The Sungai Rambah Fishermen’s Jetty is a quiet, calm place filled with honest, diligent people.

Early in 2016, fishermen from this very jetty heroically went out to Kukup to help save a whale that was beached nearby.

Such are the stories recanted by the fishermen who sit around shooting the breeze after an arduous day on the high seas. Although many eateries opened near the jetty roughly 18 years ago, only one still remains to this day.

A joint known as Mi Udang Manja serves up excellent Malay fare, specialising in noodle dishes utilising the fresh seafood caught by the fishermen.

With the atmosphere around Sungai Rambah Fishermen’s Jetty, it is easy to get lost in the moment where time stands still, further enhanced by the riverside ambiance.

Addditonal Information/ Address

82000, Pontian

Johor Darul Ta’zim


Johor Bugis Museum

Johor Bugis Museum

Traders, warriors, seafarers and at times pirates, the Bugis were one of the many ethnic groups that had come to settle in Peninsular Malaysia.

One of the many components that made the country, Johor in particular, into the racial polyglot and melting pot of cultures that it is.

The  Bugis museum which sits next to the Teluk Kerang Mosque in Kampung Teluk Kerang, Pontian celebrates this memory.

The museum was built by the descendants of the Bugis and residents who live around the museum, who wanted to keep alive the history and tradition of their ancestors.

Among the museums’ prized exhibits are various enlarged prints of original black and white photographs which help chronicle the story of the Bugis in Johor.

Entry Fee

It is Free!


82020, Telok Kerang, Pontian

Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia.

Johor Gu Miao

Johor Gu Miao

Visit the oldest Chinese temple in Johor Bahru and gain a fascinating insight on one of the oldest cultures in Malaysia.

Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple (Chinese: 柔佛古廟; pinyin: Róufú Gǔmiào), also known as the Old Temple (Chinese: 古廟; pinyin: Gǔmiào) by the locals, is a Chinese temple located in Johor Bahru.

Located at downtown Johor Bahru of Jalan Trus, the temple is flanked by modern skyscrapers. This temple is one of the oldest structures in Johor Bahru.

The temple is a place of worship and a symbol of unity among Five Chinese Dialect Groups which are “Teochew”, “Hoklo (Hokkien)”, “Cantonese”, “Hakka” and “Hainan”.

In 2007, a Documentary series called My Roots had featured the temple in the episode “Grand March with the Deities”.

Address and Location

Lot 653, Jalan Trus

80000 Johor Bahru

Johor Darul Ta’zim.

Contact No: +607-277 7858

Operation Hours: 7:00am (Everyday)

Kampung Johor Lama

Kampung Johor Lama

Leave the hectic city life and experience the rustic and relaxed lifestyle at Kampung Johor Lama for a truly unique travel experience.

Leave your stress behind and embark on a journey that starts 73km away from the bustling city of Johor Bahru.

Be mesmerised by the tranquillity of Kampung Johor Lama and live the kampong life to truly experience the old ways  the Johoreans once upon a time had.

Kampung Johor Lama is all that remains of the foundations of what is termed the old Johor Kingdom which was ruled under the auspices of the ancient Malacca empire, before becoming a kingdom in its own right after the fall of Malacca.

Overran by the Portuguese after Malacca City fell in the 16th century, only the village remained to mark what was once the most important trading post and administrative centre in the region.

It was also the site of the Kota Lama Johor, the fort which once guarded the old settlement, though now only archaeological ruins remained to mark the spot.

The nearest town to Kampung Johor Lama is Teluk Senget, which sits near the mouth of Sungai Johor, facing the South Chinese Sea.

To learn the history of this village, visitors can head on to the Johor Lama Museum and immerse themselves in the folklore , culture and tales that have been passed on from generations to generations.

Location and Contact No

Located at the banks of the Johor River

Tel:+607-883 1498

Kota Iskandar

Kota Iskandar

Step into a different league of architectural beauty at Kota Iskandar, the pride and joy of Johor.

It began with a vision for an administrative centre like no other. Kota Iskandar embraces Islamic design elements, harmonising civilization with Johor’s history, culture and nature.

Named after the late Sultan of Johor, Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Kota Iskandar will stun all with its curated harmonious environment and architectures.

Address & Location

Kota Iskandar, 79000 Iskandar Puteri, Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Ta’zim.

Contact Number: +607-290 9080

Operation Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Daily except public holidays)

Kota Tinggi Museum

Kota Tinggi Museum

Designed to showcase and commemorate the glory of the Johor Sultanate which began after the fall of the ancient Malacca Empire to the Portuguese in 1511, construction of the Kota Tinggi Museum began in 1997, and it was open to the public in 2002.

Kota Tinggi was chosen as the location for its historical significance as the seat of the Old Johor Kingdom.

It was also here in the Johor River Valley that the celebrated writer Tun Sri Lanang, wrote ‘Sejarah Melayu’, the greatest text to embody the lineage and tales of the Malay rulers.

A walk through the two-building complex will bring you across time as you peruse its collection of rare ancient artefacts dating from the 16th century until today, including centuries old pottery, large canvas paintings, ancient musical instruments and the weapons which once symbolised the might and strength of Old Johor.

How to get there?

Address: Kampung Makam ,81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor Darul Ta’zim.

Telephone No: +607 – 883 5749 / +607 – 883 1498

Operating Hours:Saturday to Thursday (9:00am – 4:00pm)

Kubu Bentayan

Kubu Bentayan

The last fortress of the retreat Malacca Sultanate soldiers before it falls during the attack of the Portuguese in the 15th century situated at the Sungai Bentayan, where the Bentayan Express Bus Station located now.

There’s another fortress but built by the Portuguese and now being the famous historical place to be visit by tourist. If you enjoy yourself to merge into historical story and old building.

Visit Kubu Bentayan to satisfy your pleasure.

Address to Kubu Bentayan

Jalan Salleh, 84000 Muar, Johor, Malaysia

Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque

Masjid Sultan Abu Bakar

Located along Jalan Skudai, Johor Bahru, the mosque was constructed between 1892 and 1900.

Designed by Tuan Haji Mohamed Arif bin Punak the architect of the mosque, he intentionally based much of its appearance on colonial English Victorian architecture as noted by the minarets that take the form of British 19th century clocktowers.

The architecture of the mosque additionally includes some Moorish architecture elements, along with some minor Malayinfluence. Tuan Haji Mohamed Arif bin Punak was supervised by the Johor government engineer Dato’ Yahya bin Awalluddin who communicated the Anglophile sentiments of Sultan Ibrahim ibni Sultan Abu Bakar who was the Sultan of Johor at that time.

This Anglophile influence can further be seen in the British architectural influences not only on the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque but also in several others government and palace buildings in Johor constructed during the same period.

The mosque sits on top of a prominent hill, overlooking the Straits of Johor. The mosque is named for Sultan Abu Bakar, the father of Sultan Ibrahim who ordered its construction.

The mosque can accommodate 2,000 worshippers at any one time.

How to Reach Here

Address: Jalan Abu Bakar, 80100, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.

Telephone No: +607 224 2000

Bukit Kepong Museum

Bukit Kepong Museum

About Bukit Kepong Museum

Bukit Kepong Museum is a natural and historical museum that located at small town of Muar’s district.

This is basically a museum that enshrine historical facts about how the authority back then struggled to fight the notorious attack by communist towards Bukit Kepong police station during the emergency period.

Have a visit to the museum and learn more about Bukit Kepong’s history and at the same time do appreciate the sacrifice made by our warrior.


Jln Muar-Labis, Bukit Kepong, 84600, Johor, Malaysia

Muzium Layang-Layang

Muzium Layang-Layang

At a Glance

Through the ages of time, kites have been more than just instruments of play in Malaysia; they have been symbolic of the rich Malay culture that has withstood the test of time. 

At the Kite Museum or “Muzium Layang-Layang” located in Pasir Gudang, they pay homage not only to the traditional wau kites but also kites from around the world. Visitors will be treated to a variety of Malaysian wau kites as well as a massive international kite collection while learning about the roles they have played throughout history.

In addition, there is also a demonstration in making wau kites at fixed times every day. You will no doubt leave here with a newfound respect and appreciation for the humble kite. The Muzium Layang-Layang is open daily till 5pm and entrance fees are RM2 for adults, RM1 for children and RM3 for foreigners.

Where it is located?

Kompleks Pusat Bandar

81700 Pasir Gudang, Johor, Malaysia.

Contact Muzium Layang-Layang

Tel: +607 251 3720

Operating Hours

Monday-Sunday (9.00 AM – 5.00 PM)

Royal Abu Bakar Museum

Royal Abu Bakar Museum

This architectural wonder was completed in 1866. It was commissioned by the late Sultan Abu Bakar and is also known as the Grand Palace (Istana Besar Johor).

The palace was renovated to become a museum in 1982 and was officially opened in 1990.

Address & Telephone

Jalan Seri Belukar, Kebun Merah, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Telephone: +607-223 4935

Stadium Tan Sri Dato’ Hj Hassan Yunos

Stadium Tan Sri Dato’ Hj Hassan Yunos

Support your local footie favourite at Stadium Tan Sri Dato’ Hj Hassan Yunos, where the fun never stops.

Tan Sri Dato Haji Hassan Yunos stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Larkin that mostly holds football matches for thousands of fans. The stadium could accommodate up to 80,000 people in one time and it was open in 1964.

It was named after the former Menteri Besar of Johor, Tan Sri Dato Hj Hassan Yunos.

The entrance fee depends on the ticket price for every football match – but be prepared to pay extra when Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) takes the stage!

The JDT football club was founded in 1955 and currently plays in the top division of the Malaysian Super League. The club is owned by Johor Football Association.

Address & Contact No

Stadium Tan Sri Dato’ Hj Hassan Yunos

Jalan Dato Jaafar, Taman Dato Onn

80350 Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Ta’zim

Tel: +607-2078 0024

Tanjung Balau Fishermen’s Museum

Tanjung Balau Fishermen’s Museum

Be transported back in time to witness the bygone era of traditional fishing in Malaysia. The Tanjung Balau Fishermen’s Museum is a one-of-a-kind attraction not only in Johor, but in Malaysia as well.

Opened in 1992, the only fishing museum in the country has long attracted visitors with its displays of time-honoured fishing traps such as the “bubu” and “pukat”.

Also on show are old fishing boats used by the fishermen that have braved the waters off the East Coast in search of large hauls. The shipwreck gallery exhibits all the vessels that capsized in the nearby waters in the 1800’s.

Visitors will also get the chance to delve into the world of fishermen superstitions and pre-fishing routines adopted in the old days. The museum is open daily from 9am to 6pm, with entrance fees of RM4 per person.

Address and Details

Lembaga Kemajuan Johor Tenggara,Jalan Dato Hj Hassan Yunus,81930 Bandar Penawar,Johor

Telephone Number: +607 884 3000 /1 800 888 620

Operation Hours: Monday to Sunday (9:00am – 6:00pm)




Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim

The Sultan Ibrahim Building is the Johor State Central Administrative Building housing the Johor State Government Departments. Its unique design and location on Bukit Timbalan lends a distinctive identity to this historic building; a landmark to the city of Johor Bahru.

The building was constructed on the decree of the Sultan of Johor, DYMM the late Sultan Ibrahim, as the administrative centre of the Johor State Government; a symbolising the supremacy of the Johor state government which was fast developing.

Ever since the Johor administrative centre moved from Teluk Belanga in Singapore to Tanjung Puteri, (later renamed Johor Bahru) in 1866, the central government had never had its own building. With this new building, it enabled the state government offices to be placed under roof to make it convenient for the public to conduct official business with the Government.

The proposal to build this building began in 1929, but due to the economic downturn in 1930, the proposal was deferred. In 1937, a building plan designed by architects Messrs Palmer and Turner was accepted and approved.

Consequently, on 7 November 1938, the Crown Prince of Johor, YAM Tunku Ismail (the Regent of Johor) officiated the land reclamation ceremony at the construction site to mark the commencement of construction work. On 10 March 1940, Tunku Mahkota Johor officiated the foundation stone laying ceremony. At the ceremony, the Johor State Government Mufti, Syed Alwi led the reading of prayers.

Circa 1941, the building construction work had to be stopped following the Second World War which spread to Malaya. The war affected several parts of the building walls that were still under construction. The walls overlooking the Straits of Tebrau were hit by artillery fire from the direction of Singapore.

After the war, the construction work was continued by the contractors Messrs United Engineers and Ah Hong and Company under the supervision of architects Messrs Palmer and Turner. By the end of 1942 the eleven-storey building was completed at an estimated cost of RM2 million.

The uniqueness of the design and and architecture was a combination of Johor Malay, Islamic and Colonial architectural influence. At the front section, which is the middle hall, there is a floor painting depicting eight stars to symbolise the eight districts in Johor. While at the entrance there are carvings in the shape of a tower, and on the pillars there are attractive carvings of plant motif such as cloves and black pepper,signifying that they were once the two main produce of Johor.

The relocation of the other offices to the new building and the inauguration celebration were held on Tuesday, 3 November 2602, the 'Meiji Setsu Day' equivalent to 3 November 1942. This building, aside from housing the state government offices, also serves as the venue for the State Legislative Assembly meeting.

In recognition to of the contribution made by the late Sultan Ibrahim, who decreed the construction of this building on 9 August 1982, the building was proclaimed as the Sultan Ibrahim Building by the reigning Sultan of Johor.

Still stands majestically on Bukit Timbalan, witnessing the booming development of the city of Johor Bahru. Its function as one of the Government office buildings continues while it retains its original and interesting design


*from Arkib Negara