Main Attractions and Sights in Johor Bahru

Straddling in between the Johor and Pahang border, Endau-Rompin is one of two largest national parks in Malaysia, covering an area of about 80,000 hectares. The park is home to a rich variety of exotic flora and fauna, includes the watersheds of the rivers of Endau and Rompin.

Nature-lovers can enjoy a wide variety of activities such as camping, hiking, canoeing, cave exploration, mountain climbing and bird watching. Within the park is a rain-forest that has been in existence for over 130 million years, which has been home to a number of rare flora and fauna indigenous only to the country.

Among these are the Sumatran Rhinoceros, leaf monkeys, elephants, long-tail macaques, white-handed gibbons and tigers just to name a few. To protect this natural beauty, you will need to get first a special permit from the Johor National Park Corporation or at the District Office next to the Police Department in Kuala Rompin. It is not advisable to go to the park during the months between November and March since the park is closed to the public during these months.

State Secretariat Building
Located on Deputy Hill (Bukit Timbalan), the building was built in 1940 and houses the state secretariat and the other departments of the state government of Johor. Its Sarascenic character and the mosaic detail in the Grand Hall have made this building one of the most interesting buildings in Johor.

Royal Abu Bakar Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is sprawled over 53.8 hectares of fine, manicured lawns. The palace is a depiction of the architecture that was present during the Neo-Classical era. It now houses many artifacts of the Johor Royal family, most of these collected by Sultan Abu Bakar and his son, Sultan Ibrahim during their travels. A Japanese garden and replica of a Japanese teahouse is located near the palace, which was a gift presented by the Crown Prince of Japan to the Sultan of Johore.

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