Johor Bahru, capital of the Malaysian state of Johor, sits at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. With a causeway across the Straits of Johor connecting it to Singapore, it’s a gateway for exploration of that island nation. On the Johor Bahru's waterfront is Istana Besar, a royal palace built by Sultan Abu Bakar in 1866 that now houses the Royal Abu Bakar Museum.
Inside the museum are artifacts of the sultanate such as fine art, silverware, and historical documents. Nearby is Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, distinguished by its Victorian architectural style. Notable Hindu temples include Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple, a small structure almost entirely covered in colored-glass mosaic tiles. The city's also known for its nightlife and shopping malls, some of which are on Jalan Wong Ah Fook, the central business district’s main boulevard. There's also beachfront recreation at Danga Bay and rides at the Legoland theme park just to the west of the city.