Royal Abu Bakar Museum
Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim
Sitting magnificently atop Bukit Timbalan, designed by Palmer & Turner architects, the imposing Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim is a mighty...
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
The stunning whitewashed walls and blue-tiled roofing of the Sultan Abu Bakar features a mix of architectural influences, including...
Chinese Heritage Museum
Well laid-out exhibits chronicling the history of Chinese immigrants in this part of the Malay peninsula. Learn how the Cantonese...
An authentic vegetarian Indian restaurant run by volunteers of the Temple of Fine Arts, with the motto of ‘eat what you want and give as...
Royal Abu Bakar Museum information
Lonely Planet review
The marvellous Istana Besar, once the Johor royal family’s principal palace, was built in Victorian style by Anglophile sultan Abu Bakar in 1866. It was opened as a museum to the public in 1990 and displays the incredible wealth of the sultans. It's now the finest museum of its kind in Malaysia, and the 53-hectare palace grounds (free entry) are beautifully manicured.
At the time of research the museum was getting an extensive, two-year remodel, but will no doubt have reopened by the time you're reading this, with the – possibly increased – entrance fee payable in ringgit.