Places of Interest
Bazar Karat 1 & 2
This night market situated in the centre of Johor Bahru, along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Jalan Sengget and spilled over to adjacent streets, is known locally as ‘pasar karat’ or flea market. It’s 5 minutes walk from Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru.
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
On top of a hill of downtown Johor Bahru, overlooking the Straits of Johor and neighboring Singapore, stands the magnificent Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, one of the most beautiful old mosques in Malaysia.
The construction of the mosque marked the start of Johor's modernization process in 1892, which was commissioned by the "Father of Modern Johor", the late Sultan Abu Bakar. It took eight years to build and was completed in 1900. The mosque can accommodate up to 2,000 worshippers at any one time.
The mosque is a mix of architectural styles, but principally Victorian. It is said that the minarets look like British watch towers.
Today, the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is listed as a protected heritage monument by the Department of Museums and Antiquities. 5 minutes driving from Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru.
Popular shopping centre with more than 200 retailers offers a host of fashion, entertainment and restaurants. It has always been a firm favourite of the “Now” generation. 5 minutes walk from Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru.
Is a new shopping mall in the heart of Johor Bahru. Open in 2014 and is adjacent to the popular Johor Bahru City Square. 5 minutes walk from Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru.
Angry Bird Activity Park
The indoor theme park covers 26,000 sq ft. and is strategically located in the premises of KOMTAR JBCC, Johor Bahru City Centre’s newest premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination. The state-of-the-art activity theme park is easily accessible and offers a wide variety of fun games and attractions suitable for toddlers, kids, youth and parents alike. It’s 5 minutes walk from Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru.
Sultan Ibrahim Building
Located at Bukit Timbalan in Johor Bahru, was the former state secretariat building of Johor. It was built by the British Colonial government under Sir Shenton Thomas, the 11th and last British High Commissioner in Malaya (1934 - 1946), in its attempt to streamline the Johor state's administration. Construction work began in 1936 and was officially opened by Sultan Ibrahim in 1940.
The Sultan Ibrahim Building was the tallest building in pre-Merdeka Malaya and in Johor Bahru itself, it stood unchallenged as the tallest building in the town until the completion of the Merlin Tower in the 1970s. The offices of the state secretariat, including the Menteri Besar's office and the Johor State Legislative Assembly, have now moved to Kota Iskandar, and there are plans to convert the building into a museum. 5 minutes walk from Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru.
Established in 1928 by the late King of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar, the Zoo Johor is one of the oldest zoos in the country and also in Asia.
Zoo Johor is open daily from 8am to 6pm. It gets packed during public holidays and school holidays, so avoid those periods if you don’t like crowds. 5 minutes drive from Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru.
Royal Abu Bakar Museum
The late Sultan Abu Bakar is also known as the Grand Palace (Istana Besar Johor). Following a Renaissance style, the building was constructed by local artisans under the supervision of an European architect. The original furniture of the palace was made in England and ordered by the late Sultan Abu Bakar in 1866. The palace was renovated to become a museum in 1982 and was officially opened in 1990. 5 minutes drive from Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru.
Hutan Bandar Recreation Park
Hutan Bandar Recreation Park has always been ideal location amongst locals for family picnics, hiking and outdoor activities. There are many facilities inside the park that cater to children such as children’s playground and swimming pool. 5 minutes drive from Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru.
Previously known as Plaza Kotaraya located by the intersection of Jalan Trus and Jalan Ungku Puan within the city centre. 5 minutes walking distance from Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru.
Danga Bay is the foremost recreation park in Johor Bahru. Outside the central business district, the area hosts many festive events throughout the year and contains many leisure and entertainment points of interest. 5 minutes drive from Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru.