2 Palaces to explore in Johor
Johor has highly diverse tropical rainforests and an equatorial climate. The state's mountain ranges form part of the Titiwangsa Range, which is part of the larger Tenasserim Range connected to Thailand and Myanmar.
Istana Bukit Serene is the royal palace and official residence of the Sultan of Johor, located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The palace faces the Straits of Johor and has a bird's eye view of Singapore, a former possession of the Sultanate. The palace has a huge sprawling garden which is a common site for many royal gatherings and celebrations. The palace is well guarded by the Royal Johor Military Force, the Sultan's own private army.
Istana Besar or Grand Palace is the royal palace of the Sultan of Johor which is located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, which was built in 1866 by Sultan Abu Bakar. The palace overlooks the Straits of Johor. The Grand Palace's most distinctive feature is its Anglo-Malay architecture, characterized by its dome of Malay design contrasted with its blue roof of Anglo influence.