Johor Bahru was founded in 1855 as Iskandar Puteri when the Sultanate of Johor came under the influence of Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim. The area was renamed “Johor Bahru” in 1862 and became the capital of the Sultanate when the Sultanate administration centre was moved there from Telok Blangah.
Johor Bahru is capital of Johor, sits on the southern coast, facing the Straits of Johor. It is the southernmost city in the Malay Peninsula. Johor Bahru was formerly known as Tanjung Puteri. Now it is a part of Iskandar Malaysia, the country’s second largest metropolitan area. A causeway spans the straits, connecting Johor Bahru to the neighbouring city-state and international travel hub of Singapore.
Johor Bahru is known for the glitter of its nightlife and variety of its retail outlets, many of which are clustered along Jalan Wong Ah Fook, the main boulevard of the city’s central business district. It also houses the ceremonial seat of the Johor Monarch, Istana Besar or The Grand Palace, one of the historical attractions in the city within which The Royal Abu Bakar Museum is located.