June 15th, 2008 lawrence.gan
Overlooking the Johor Straits towards Singapore, the Istana Garden (Sultan Garden) in Johor Bahru (Johor Baru, Johore Bahru, Johor Baharu) is open to public everyday from 7am to 7pm. The Sultan Palace, owned by the Sultan of Johor, consist of several scattered buildings that sits just besides the garden. These buildings are closed to public.
Istana Bukit Serene
Johor Bahru 80000 Malaysia
View of the Istana Garden (Sultan Garden) and the Sultan Palace.
The Sultan Palace.
With plenty of free parking lots available, the Istana garden is both accessible and a frequent hunt for family outings. Most people come here for jogging, leisure walk or a game of badminton at an open area in the park. It is also common see couples having their outdoor wedding photos taken here as well. It may get a little crowded during weekends but there are plenty of space for you to run about. A jog round the full garden trail is about 2.5km. Some trails lead up a knoll for more strenuous exercise routine.
View overlooking the sea.
Fountain at the Istana Garden.
Open Field for some ball games.
Along the jogging trail, you can catch a glimpse into the private zoo owned by the Sultan. The photo above shows a newborn addition to the camel family.
Wedding Photo shoots at the Istana Gardens. Many couple in Johor Bahru come here to capture nice sunset wedding shots.
Note that the closing time at 7pm is quite strictly adhered to. By 6.50pm, there will be officers on scooters guiding the public out of Istana Park (Sultan Garden). Gates will be closed around 7.30pm.
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