ACE will have a lot of fun in Iskandar. Each night of the conference we will have receptions, local tours and dinners, it is included in participant's standard registration fee, with no extra charge.
Johor Bahru City
Spread across a scenic 25km waterfront shoreline, Danga Bay is set to be a premier waterfront development and one of the highlights of Iskandar Malaysia. It is positioned to be a self-contained city within a city with world-class infrastructure offerings amongst others, upscale properties, top-notch retail outlets, thrills and spills of leisure activities, and it’s an oasis for local and international food and beverage. (www.dangabay.com)
Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim or Bukit Timbalan
Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim or Bukit Timbalan is unmistakably the icon of JB. The building used to house the State Secretariat and the offices of the state government for 67 years until the recent relocation to Kota Iskandar, Nusajaya. It was the tallest building in Malaya during the pre-Merdeka era. Lately, Bukit Timbalan has housed the Earth Hour events and the 8th JB Arts Festival, giving the building a new chapter of usages. (www.ywj.gov.my/warisan/)
JB CITY CENTRE & HERITAGE TRAIL
Under the watchful sentinel of the iconic Bangunan Sultan Iskandar, the JB Heritage Trail boasts of 20 spots all to be explored within walking distance. As a community of diverse ethnic mix of races, Johor offers plentiful heritage attractions, colourful cultures and delectable local cuisines. Take a stroll down Johor’s history, as buildings one after another enrich you with wonderful glimpses of the city’s amazing pasts.
MASJID SULTAN ABU BAKAR
Named after the late Sultan of Johor – Sultan Abu Bakar – famously known as the ‘Father of Modern Johor’. He laid the foundation stone in 1892, and the mosque was completed in 1900. Today, the mosque is listed as a protected heritage monument by the Department of Museums and Antiquities. The mosque represents the many architectural heritage of Johor.
Located at Nusajaya, Kota Iskandar is the administrative centre for the Johor state government. Based on Islamic architecture, it revolves around the philosophy that harmonizes humanity with the State’s history, heritage, culture and nature and is dubbed the Living Legacy of Johor. The State Legislative Assembly Hall is the first ‘parliament’ open to public in Malaysia. It’s detailed with JB based nature concepts with the pineapple roof, the 10 pillars marking the 10 districts of Johor, the extra details of the pillar bearing the pewter pineapple heads and pepper vines (the original fruit and spice Johor was known for).(www.kotaiskandar.com)
Puteri Harbour is The Jewel of Nusajaya. It is poised to be a unique luxurious lifestyle community, offering the experience of exceptional waterfront living, dining, entertainment, and arts and culture in a safe and picture postcard natural setting.(www.puteriharbour.com.my)
Packed full of family fun with more than 40 rides, shows and attractions, almost everything is hands-on, so you can push, pedal and program, or steer, squirt and splash your way through a truly interactive experience – and of course there’s building too. Recently completed, it’s a favourite spot for both locals and tourists!
Western Gate Development
Tanjung Piai is the southernmost point of Peninsular Malaysia. It also helms a RAMSAR wetlands National Park with a thriving habitat for dusky leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques, rare bird species and seasonal migratory birds.
It also features seafood restaurants, perched on wooden jetties that are surrounded by unspoiled mangrove forests.
Tanjung Piai is a hidden secret of Johor worth the exploration.(www.mdpontian.gov.my)
Pekan Nenas is a small town by the side of the trunk road to Pontian from Johor Bahru city centre, It is the entry point for those who wish to visit Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest. A must visit is the Pineapple Museum which shows the cultivation methods of the fruit and a section that is dedicated to illustrate the varieties of pineapples. (Pineapple Museum Contact Number: +607-6868 750)
Eastern Gate Development
Pasir Gudang Kite Museum
The Pasir Gudang Kite Museum is dedicated to the traditional Malay kite known as the Wau. With the aim to preserve and promote the Wau as part of the Malaysian craft heritage, this museum showcases the art of kite-making and displays a collection of traditional Wau’s and modern kites, in spectacular colours and designs. Visitors can also enjoy the video display relating to the tradition of kites. (www.kitefestpasirgudang.com)
Senibong Seafood Restaurant
Located at Permas Jaya, Senibong Seafood Restaurant is a food gem better savored than merely spoken about. Dining here will satisfy all your seafood cravings with fresh fish, crabs and placed in a scenic backdrop of the ocean. There are about 5 – 10 restaurants that are ready to serve their most delicate dishes fresh from the sea! Also a hot favourite here is the nasilemak made famous by Restaurant Corner no.6. (www.senibong.com.my)
Kulai, Senai, and Surroundings
Johor Premium Outlets
The Johor Premium Outlets (JPO) is the first Premium Outlet in Malaysia and Southeast Asia located at Kulaijaya. JPO offers a collection of over 80 designer brand outlet stores featuring savings of 25% to 65% every day. The shopping complex is located about half an hour’s drive from the Tuas Checkpoint and is poised to be the crème de la crème of designer wear in JB! (www.premiumoutlets.com.my)
Senai International Airport
The Senai International Airport is able to handle up to 4.5 million passengers per annum. With more than 45 major mul t inational manufacturers and almost 40,000 people working and living within a 2km radius, the airport’s Aero Mall caters as a lifestyle focal point and has transformed Senai and its surrounding area into a world-class airport city! (www.senaiairport.com)
Tanjung Puteri Heritage Trails
Tun Sri Lanang Park
This park at the heart of JB is named after , the pen name of Tun Muhammad bin Tun Ahmad, the Bendahara to the old Sultanate. Apart from being a top adviser to the then Sultan, Tun Sri Lanang was also a literary legend. (www.mbjb.gov.my)
Johor Bahru Railway Station
Opened in 1909, the station is an icon in JB. As a gateway to travelling in the early days, it used to be known as the Wooden Railway as it had tracks made of timber. The station has closed after 100 years and is currently a KTMB Mini Museum. (www.keretapi.com)
Sri Raja Mariamman Temple
Chinese Heritage Museum
Occupied by the Johor Bahru Tiong- Hua Association since 1948, it was officially opened as a heritage museum in October 2009. The museum preserves valuable information about the cultural and traditional ways of the early Chinese immigrants. (www.jb-tionghua.org.my)
Sentral Police Station
Built in 1914, this Colonial building was the third to replace the original ‘Pos Police’ at Bukit Polis. Located along Jalan Sawmill, the police station building is still well used and has blended into its surrounding heritage. (www.polisjohor.gov.my)
Old Chinese Temple
Wong Ah Fook Village
Tan Hiok Nee Street
Heritage Buildings and Sites
Johor has a couple of museums and Muzium Tokoh at the Dato Jaafar Building is a must mention. Constructed in the 1890’s it was used extensively both by the British and the Japanese during war times. Currently the museum is managed by Yayasan Warisan Johor. (www.ywj.gov.my/warisan)
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
The Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is a combination of English and Moorish architecture and is located on a hill overlooking the Straits of Johor. Admission is free and the visiting hours are 10am to 6pm from Saturday to Thursday except during congregational prayers. (http://www.johordt.gov.my/pelancongan/page/sejarah_penubuhan_johor)
Arts and Culture
The Kuda Kepang best represents as the traditional Malay dance of Johor. The dance depicts warriors in battle till victory is celebrated.
Art Gallery at Jalan Petrie
The Art Gallery at Jalan Petrie displays works of various talented Johor born artists. Besides paintings and sculptures, the gallery also showcases discovered and historical items amongst other items. (Contact Number: +607-2263 266)
Leisure and Shopping
Taman Merdeka at Jalan Datin Halimah is not merely a park to stroll but it’s more of a walk down memory lane. It features different phases of JB from the time of the old Malay Sultanate, the Sultan Abu Bakar Memorial, the Japanese Invasion Memorial, Communist Eras and many more. History aside, the park greets you with stunning landscapes so do check it out! (www.mbjb.gov.my/web/guest/taman_merdeka)
Johor Bahru Zoo
Johor Bahru Zoo, located at Jalan Gertak Merah is a 5 minutes drive from the JB Town. With an entrance fee of RM2.00 for adults, the Zoo is a must visit! With one of the biggest collections of tigers, the zoo also has an entourage of lions, elephants and camels to name a few. (www.facebook.com/zoojohor)
Located about 70km from Kota Tinggi town, Tanjung Balau has various facilities including food stalls, playgrounds and souvenir shops besides their serene beautiful beach! There is also a Fishermen Museum nearby which was established more that 18 years ago to highlight the area’s local fishery activities and its historic legacy.
location: Throughout Iskandar Malaysia
Traditionally Golf Tourism has always been well-promoted in Johor. Within Iskandar Malaysia itself, there are 15 established golf courses, of which two offer 36-hole facilities. Most of the courses are resort-based and some offer outdoor activities such as paintball and off-road motorsports.
Shopping outlets in JB consist of hypermarket, supermarkets and retail shops. From an assortment of household goods to support services like banks, restaurants, Cineplex’s and Duty Free Zone; JB is a shopper’s paradise! Also to lookout for are the bazaars and open air night markets that operate at scheduled locations on certain days of the week. The foreword here is “haggle and bargain”! Local Handicrafts are must have gifts for your home or for your loved ones. Ranging from batik, pewter ware, and wood carvings to rattan ornaments, JB is a treasure trove for souvenir hunters.
Johor Bahru City Square
Johor Bahru City Square is one of the most established and well patronized mall in Johor Bahru at JB city centre. Sited within Iskandar Malaysia at the pulse of the renewal and redevelopment of Johor Bahru city (www.citysqjb.com)
The Plaza Seni
The Plaza Seni at Jalan Wong Ah Fook revels in the richness of Johor Heritage and Culture. The plaza is abuzz with art exhibitions and cultural performances, clothes, fashion accessories, travel agencies, gift shops, exotic goods, batik fabrics, and many more!
(Contact Number: +607-2265 697)
Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation (JARO) Handicrafts Centre
Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation (JARO) Handicrafts Centre, located along Jalan Sungai Chat, sells hand-made cane furniture, soft toys, rattan baskets and customized book-binds, among others and they are all produced by the physically disabled. JARO is an organization that focuses on the needs of the disabled through its rehabilitative shelter and workshop programmes. (www.jaro.org.my)