The Grand Palace of Johor, also known as the Istana Besar is built in 1866. It is constructed by Sultan Abu Bakar who is the greatest and most influential leader of Johor in the early days. He is also known as the Father of Modern Johor. The palace oversees the Straits of Johor and can be easily identified by its Anglo-Malay influenced architecture. Traditional Malay Istana structure is coupled with British influenced blue roof making the Palace an easily recognisable landmark. It is one of the oldest building in Johor with over 150 years of history.
The palace was officially opened as the Royal Abu Bakar Museum, Johor in 1990. It is commonly known as the Muzium Diraja Sultan Abu Bakar by the locals. The Istana still serves as a location to hold traditional Royal and State ceremonies and functions concurrently. You get to explore the different areas of the palace, including the library, the banquet hall, the drawing room and the bedrooms. There is also a hunting room where all the animals that were hunted by the Royal Family are on display.
The museum showcases a grand array of memorabilia, treasures, artworks and antiques that belong to the Royal Family. You can catch a glimpse of the grand lifestyle of the Johor Sultan Family through the display. The sparkles of silverware, ornaments, souvenirs and jewellery will leave you in awe. You will also learn about the contributions, works and life of the famous Johor Royal Sultan family and their decedents through historical scripts, papers and photos.
Opening Hours of the Royal Abu Bakar Museum, Johor
The museum is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Entrance fees cost USD7.00 for foreigner adults and USD3.00 for foreigner children. Locals can enjoy a lower price. At the time of research, the museum is under renovation and revamp and will open in 2016. For more information, please call (607) 2230555 before visiting.
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