Johar Bahru is a Malay city, quite known for its tropical climate as it is present in the southern edge of the Malaysian Peninsula. The passage of the state of Johar Bahru links with Singapore, and gives the tourists an opportunity to unravel the beauty of this city.
Not many people are aware of the several interesting things that can be done in Johor Bahru. Being the second largest city in Malaysia, most people who visit Singapore are sure to pay a trip to this delightful city. It is much more industrialized compared to the other cities of Malaysia, but still has a lot of places that need yet to be discovered.
If you are gearing up for a tour to Johar Bahru, you definitely do not want to miss an opportunity to experience the famous Masjid Sultan Abu Bakar Johor Bahru. This particular mosque is included amongst the most beautiful mosques of the world. Experience the true bliss by visiting Johor Bahru and coming across this astounding piece of art.
Masjid Sultan Abu Bakar Johor Bahru
If you are in JB you can get to the Masjid Sultan Abu Bakar Johor Bahru within 10 minutes by means of a car. It is squeezed between Jalan Masjid Abu Bakar and Jalan Gertak Merah, which lies at a distance of 1.8 km towards the west of the Causeway. Once you reach the Jalan Masjid Abu Bakar, you need to keep moving straight until you come towards your destination at the right where the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is present.
It is situated at the top of a tiny hill where you can overlook the Straits of Johor. The construction of this state mosque began in 1892 and took almost eight years for it be completed at a cost of RM 400,000. The mosque is more than 100 years old, and its architectural design and setting is what makes it one of Johor Bahru’s most magnificent landmarks.
The inspiration to build this mosque
This spectacular mosque was named after the famous Sultan Abu Bakar and built under his guidance and instructions, not long before he died in 1895. The remaining construction was then completed in 1900, five years after his death. It has been designed by Tuan Haji Mohamed Arif bin Punak in a Victorian style. He was very much inspired by the English Victorian Architecture and based much of the architecture on Moorish elements along with a Malay touch.
It consists of four minarets that bear resemblance with the British clock towers of the 19th century. Its interior is crafted in white marble and the mosque, with its combination of Victorian and Moorish architecture is a true beauty whose sight you do not want to miss.
For those in search of peace and solitude, the Masjid Sultan Abu Bakar Johor Bahru is a wonderful place to spend the day. It is nice and quiet, and you will definitely forget all your miseries once you come here. It is best to visit the mosque during the evening when its interior and exterior is extremely breathtaking. Such a comforting place will certainly ease your heart and you will yearn to spend most of your time there.
There is a strange charm about the Sultan Abu Bakar mosque, which makes both Muslims and Non-Muslims want to come here. Altogether, the mosque can accommodate more than 2000 worshippers at a time. Nobody is exempted from entering the mosque, so Non-Muslims may also come to unravel the beauty of this mosque. Whichever religion you belong to, if you want to visit the mosque you must be dressed decently and accordingly to show a sign of respect. It is obligatory to remove your shoes before entering this pious place.
How can you get there?
It is very easy to grab a taxi from the city center or the hotel you are residing in, and it will take you to Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque at a very economical rate. The ride will hardly cost you RM 3, and that is the only price you will have to pay because entry into the mosque is free. There are numerous hotels situated close to Masjid Sultan Abu Bakar Johor Bahru and you can catch a glimpse of its beautiful minarets.
If you are visiting Singapore and wish to travel to Johor Bahru to see this spectacular mosque, you can travel to Johor Bahru from Singapore via Woodlands MRT stop at a cost of S$1.10. From there you will have to hail a taxi after going through the Malaysian customs and eventually arrive at the mosque.