Johor Bahru is the southernmost and second largest city in Malaysia. It is one of the most visited cities in the world and is home to the busiest international land border crossing in the world. With more theme parks than any other state in the country and lots of cultural attractions, there is plenty to see and do on a visit here. So, whether you are planning a trip or are just curious to learn more, here are some of the most interesting facts about Johor Bahru.
7 Interesting Facts about Johor Bahru
1. Johor Bahru is the southernmost city in Malaysia
Johor Bahru, also spelled Johore Baharu and commonly referred to as JB, is a city in southern West Malaysia. It is situated at the southern end of the Malay Peninsula. In fact, it is the southernmost city in Malaysia. It is the second largest city in Malaysia, with more than 1,065,341 inhabitants. Kuala Lumpur, with a population of 8,419,566, is the largest city. Johor Bahru is one of the fastest-growing cities in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur.
2. Johor Bahru was founded in 1855
Raja Temenggong Tun Daeng Ibrahim bin Temenggong Daeng Abdul Rahman (quite the mouthful) founded the city in 1855. The city’s name was Tanjung Putri until officials renamed it Johore Bahru (“New Johore”) in 1866.
3. Two causeways connect Johor Bahru with Singapore
Johor Bahru borders Singapore in the south of Peninsular Malaysia. The Johor Strait separates Johor Bahru from Singapore. Two causeways connect Johor Bahru with neighbouring country Singapore. These bridges receive a lot of traffic. In fact, Johor Bahru has the busiest international land border crossing in the world. Approximately 350,000 travellers cross the border checkpoints of both the Woodlands Checkpoint and Sultan Iskandar Building daily. The annual total is around 128 million travellers.
4. Johor is the only state in Malaysia with its own army force
The Royal Johor Military Force (RJMF) is an independent military force and the oldest military unit in Malaysia. It is the private royal guard of the Sultan of Johor, and its headquarters are located in Sultan Ibrahim Camp. The main role of the Royal Johor Military Force is to protect the Sultan of Johor, his royal family and his properties. The Sultan is the head of state, while the head of government is the Menteri Besar.
5. Johor has the most theme parks in Malaysia
There are currently 12 indoor and outdoor theme parks in operation in the state of Johor. They are Legoland, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, Angry Bird Park, Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park, Dinosaurs Alive Water Themepark, TS Wonderland Indoor Themepark, Tiram Indoor Water Themepark, La Stella Water Themepark, Wet World Batu Pahat Village Resort, Desaru Coast Water Themepark, and the MCM Themepark at Capital 21.
6. Johor Bahru has some wonderful cultural institutions
Apart from theme parks, there are plenty of other attractions in Johor Bahru for visitors to enjoy. Some of the top sights include the Royal Abu Bakar Museum, located within the Grand Palace building. This is the main museum in the city. Another great museum is the Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum, which houses a collection of documents, photos, and other artefacts. The Johor Bahru Kwong Siew Heritage, the Foon Yew High School, and the Johor Art Gallery are also great cultural institutions.
7. Johor Bahru is one of the world’s most visited cities
Johor Bahru is one of the most visited cities in the world. With 6.396 million tourists per year, Johor Bahru was the 38th most visited city in the world in 2019.