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Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque

Visit the state mosque of Johor, a beautiful old building that was commissioned by a sultan and boasts a mix of architectural styles.

Put a visit to the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque on your to-do list when you are in Johor. This beautiful building combines Islamic and colonial English Victorian styles and sits on top of a hill overlooking Singapore and the Tebrau Straits. 

Building of the mosque was completed in 1900 following an 8-year construction period. It is named after the sultan who commissioned its construction. Enjoy a stroll through the landscaped grounds and take a moment to study the four grand minarets, which resemble old Victorian clock towers. Look over the elegant detailing of the white façades. 

Non-Muslims are permitted to enter the mosque, but must observe a simple, modest dress code. This means no shorts, bare shoulders or sleeveless tops. If skirts are worn they should be longer than knee length.

Inside, appreciate the beauty of the vast prayer hall, which can accommodate around 2,000 worshippers. Before entering, you will need to remove your shoes. The hall features grand Roman pillars and colonial-style windows. Admire the splendor of the chandeliers and the ornate carvings of the mimbar, or pulpit.

After your visit, stop by nearby attractions. These include the Sultan Abu Bakar Monument and the Royal Abu Bakar Museum, which was once the Grand Palace of the Sultan of Johor. Its collection features photographs and artifacts related to the Johor Royal Family. The building is another example of Victorian-style architecture in Johor. Look for other examples as you move around the city. Among them are some government buildings and the Figure Museum. This history museum is housed in a grand structure that was built toward the end of the 19th century.

The Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque is open every day except Fridays, when it is closed for prayers. Admission is free. This cultural gem is easily reached on foot or by a short taxi ride from the center of Johor.


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12 Jalan Ngee Heng, Johor Bahru, Johor
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Central District, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Persada Convention Center, Johor Bahru City Square, and Komtar JBCC. KSL City Mall and Danga Bay are also within 3 mi (5 km). JB Sentral is 25 minutes by foot.

    KSL Hotel & Resort NT$1,049
    KSL Hotel & Resort

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    33 Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, Johor Bahru, Johor
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Johor Bahru resort is located in a shopping district, within 3 mi (5 km) of KSL City Mall, Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple and Johor Bahru City Square. Angry Birds Activity Park Johor Bahru and Johor Zoo are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru NT$1,398
      Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru

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      Menara Tiga Serangkai, Jalan Tengku Azizah, Johor Bahru, Johor
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Central District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple, Johor Bahru City Square, and Komtar JBCC. KSL City Mall is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away. JB Sentral is only a 5-minute walk.

        Amari Johor Bahru NT$1,505
        Amari Johor Bahru

        Amari Johor Bahru

        No. 82C, Jalan Trus, Johor Bahru, Johor
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Johor Bahru hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Persada Convention Center and Komtar JBCC. Johor Bahru City Square and KSL City Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km). JB Sentral is 23 minutes by foot.

          Citrus Hotel Johor Bahru by Compass Hospitality NT$777
          Citrus Hotel Johor Bahru by Compass Hospitality

          Citrus Hotel Johor Bahru by Compass Hospitality

          No. 16, Jalan Station, Johor Bahru, Johor
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Central District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Johor Bahru City Square and Komtar JBCC. KSL City Mall is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away. JB Sentral is 16 minutes by foot.

            Thistle Johor Bahru NT$1,772
            Thistle Johor Bahru

            Thistle Johor Bahru

            Jalan Sungai Chat, Johor Bahru, Johor
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central District, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque and Johor Zoo. Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple and Sultan Ibrahim Building are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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              The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru

              The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru

              Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim, Johor Bahru, Johor
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Central District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple, Johor Bahru City Square, and Komtar JBCC. KSL City Mall is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away. JB Sentral is 20 minutes by foot.

                Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru NT$965
                Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru

                Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru

                Lot 512, Jalan Syed Mohd Mufti, Johor Bahru, Johor
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Central District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Palace Museum, Komtar JBCC, and Johor Bahru City Square. Angry Birds Activity Park Johor Bahru and Danga Bay are also within 3 mi (5 km). JB Sentral is 22 minutes by foot.