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Johor Arts

The Johor Arts Festival

Johor Bahru Art Gallery

A gem amongst the JSPA catalogue of achievements is the Johor Arts Festival that saw its 7th successful season in July 2010.

The JSPA is zealously working hard each year to improve this ambitious festival with its aim to raise the national and international conciousness of the Johor arts festival to a level only experienced by Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kuching in Malaysia.

Royal Abu Bakar Museum Johor

The Johor Royal Mausoleum

An engaging place to visit in Johor is The Royal Mausoleum that is the final resting place for the Johor Sultanates and royal family members, the tranquility of the surroundings and architecture give an air of serenity and peaceful respect befitting of royalty.

The Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Museum

Johor also has its fair share of Art Galleries and Museums with The Sultan Abu Bakar Royal Museum in Johor Bahru showcasing the artefacts of the Johor royal family.

Although the museum was built in 1866 it was not until the early 1990's that His Royal Highness Sultan Iskandar first allowed the public to view the family collection.

Johor Art Gallery

The Johor Art Gallery

The Johor Art Gallery was built with the intention of it being a residential palace in 1910 and was once the official residencial place for Dato’ Abdullah Jaafar, who was the third Johor Chief Minister.

It eventually opened its doors as the Johor art gallery in 1994 hosting a range of both historical artefacts and modern works of art with a propensity to displaying works of art depicting Johors' cultural heritage.

Johor Arts And Handicrafts

If you are looking to purchase traditional Johor arts and handicraft items such as batik, songket, mats, baskets and chairs made or woven from rattan then The Rumah MAWAR Crafts Centre (Mawar Gallery) in Johor Bahru offers a range of high quality locally made products that are good value.

Another interesting handicraft centre in Johor is The Pasir Gudang Kite Museum that hosts all sorts of traditional Malay kites known as wau.

The primary objective of the museum is to showcase the Malaysian handcrafts heritage of kite making.

Popular Johor Reviews

April 30th 2013

Legoland Malaysia

Where is Legoland Malaysia in comparison to its Malaysian theme park peers?

Legoland Malaysia Spy Star Rating

3.5 Out Of 5 Spy Stars
3.5 stars

April 30th 2013

Tropical Inn Johor Baru

Its facade cuts a dominant presence in downtown JB but could the Tropical Inn Hotel impress our independent reviewer?

Tropical Inn Spy Star Rating

2 Out Of 5 Spy Stars
2 stars
November 1st 2011

Thistle Johor Baru

Thistle Johor Bahru, your business class hotel of choice on the outskirts of downtown JB

Thistle Johor Spy Star Rating

4 Out Of 5 Spy Stars
4 stars


Sanrio Hello Kitty

Can Hello Kitty Really Be As Bad As Our Reviewer Has Opined?

Sanrio Hello Kitty Town Malaysia has certainly made a poor impression on this reviewer

Read this view and see if you agree, it seems there are two Hello Kitty camps with one very large vocal group adoring everything there is about this Japanese feline phenomenon, and, those like our reviewer here who thinks it leaves a lot to be desired. Which camp are you in?