Royal Abu Bakar Museum
Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim
Sitting magnificently atop Bukit Timbalan, the imposing Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim is a mighty melange of colonial pomp, Islamic motifs and...
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
The stunning whitewashed walls and blue-tiled roof of this Victorian-inspired mosque speak of a mix of architectural influences. Built...
Chinese Heritage Museum
Well-laid-out exhibits chronicling the history of Chinese immigrants in this part of the Malay peninsula are the highlight of this...
Roost Juice Bar
A trendy back-alley bar with retro furniture and laidback staff, this is the coolest hangout in the colonial district. Beer is half the...
An authentic vegetarian Indian restaurant run by volunteers of the Temple of Fine Arts, with the motto ‘eat what you want and give as...
Jln Ibrahim · interesting places nearby
Royal Abu Bakar Museum information
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 remodelling, with plans to reopen in 2016.