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Johor Bahru (Malaysian pronunciation: [ˈjohorˈbahru], formerly known as Tanjung Puteri or Iskandar Puteri in the Malay language, is the capital of the state of Johor, Malaysia. As of the 2010 Malaysian census, Johor Bahru has a population of 497,067 and it is the country's third largest city and the southernmost city in the Malay Peninsula. Johor Bahru was founded in 1855 as Iskandar Puteri when the Sultanate of Johor came under the influence of Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim. It was administered from Telok Blangah in Singapore. The area gradually developed into an agricultural centre when the Chinese and the Javanese migrated into the area. The area was renamed "Johor Bahru" in 1862 and became the capital of the Sultanate when the Sultanate administration centre was moved there from Telok Blangah. During the reign of Sultan Abu Bakar, there was development and modernisation within the city; with the construction of administrative buildings, schools, religious buildings, and railways connecting to Singapore. Johor Bahru was occupied by the Japanese forces from 1942 to 1945. Johor Bahru became the cradle of Malay nationalism after the war and gave birth to a political party named United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in 1946. After the formation of Malaysia in 1963, Johor Bahru retained its status as state capital and was granted city status in 1994. Central business district was developed in the city centre during the 1990s. More development funds were channelled to the city after the introduction of Iskandar Malaysia in 2006.


This warm abode of Johor Bharu is a delightful place to visit in Malaysia. Tour packages of Johor Bharu are of 1 to 2 days duration.


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Facts and Stats for Johor Bharu*

  • Pollution Statistics in Johor Bharu

    Know the pollution level of Johor Bharu before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 64.58 (High)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 42.5 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 65 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 70.45 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 55 (Moderate)
  • Johor Bharu: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Johor Bharu for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Johor Bharu.

    • Burglary and Theft 64.29 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 62.34 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 60.58 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 70 (High)
    • Car Stealing 65.38 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 67.95 (High)
    • Attacks 52.88 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 50.32 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 53.9 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 27.6 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 42.63 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 38.46 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 67.86 (High)
  • Living in Johor Bharu - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Johor Bharu is 107.39 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 40.41 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 63.92 (High)
    • Pollution Index 69.23 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.14 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 44.18 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 61.61 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.61 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 52.47 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Johor Bharu

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Johor Bharu

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.08 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.14 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 25.6 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.48 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 67.8 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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