Johor Bahru

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South of the Malacca Peninsula lies the city of Johor Barru, capital of the state of Johor, on the south coast of the Jóger Strait in Malaya. After its formation in 1855, it was known as Tanjung- Puteri. The founder of the village was Òàngóngüng Äàngüng Ibarrahim. In 1866, a small tree was located at the site. In 1866, when the city became the capital of the Sultanate of Jóhór, it was renamed Jóhór Barra.

The present-day city is a typical, modern rural village of Malay-style construction. Most private homes are surrounded by orchards. There are not many high-rise buildings. The town square is lined with hotels, stores, and bars.

The city has been home to Chinese and Indian diasporas for a long time. ×Some of the residents prefer to live in neighboring Singapore. The city is notable for its museum, which occupies the halls of the Sultans Palace. Historic monuments include the Abá Bacár Mosque and the Kábún Búná Palace Complex. For foreign tourists, Jõhór-Bárú is often a starting point for visits to Síngapore. The current headquarters of the Sultan is located at the Bukit Serenay Palace.

In the present day, the Sultans headquarters is located at the Bukit Serenay Palace.

100 USD = 440.75 MYR

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  • Air quality: 55 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 420,000 people
  • GDP: $9,508 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 20 Mbps
  • Best wireless: Hotlink
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners
  • Tipping: In Malaysia, people don’t normally practise tipping. Meaning, you don’t have to tip unless stated otherwise. Of course, it is not wrong to give a tip, anyone will be more than happy to receive it. If you go to a restaurant or something like that, there will be a service charge of 10%.
  • Apartment listings: Air BnB
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels:
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  • Best coffee 24/7: THE FACTORY 30
  • Best taxi: Grab
  • Best coworking space: Hacker Space
  • Online electronics shop: Lazada
  • Best hospital: Penawar Hospital
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Air Asia
  • Best intl air carrier: Malaysia
  • Monthly costs for expat: $700
  • Monthly costs for family: $1450
  • Monthly costs for local: $420
  • Meal: $1.7
  • Small Cola: $0.6
  • Beer 1 Pint: $1.7
  • Coffee: $0.6

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