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In search of the Johor Bahru Botanic Gardens

By on May 31, 2015 in Malaysia

I have seen Johor Bahru Botanic Gardens mentioned on a number of maps, and in several guidebooks, and yet I can’t find them…

When I first visited Johor Bahru about three years ago I came across a list of things to do and see in JB, and on that list was the Johor Bahru Botanic Gardens. I asked about them at the hotel and they gave me a blank look and said they were closed.

This weekend I decided to go out and look for these legendary gardens…. and…. I don’t think they exist.

I followed a map to where they should be, and I saw some gardens that were behind a big fence and some closed gates. I drove around the perimeter fence and couldn’t find an entrance. I did eventually find one open gate but that appeared to be the workers entrance to the botanical gardens, but guy on the gate said they were not open on Sunday….

My conclusion is that the Johor Bahru Botanic Gardens no longer exist, or if they do exist then they are no longer open to the public which is a real shame because from what I could see through the locked gates and the fencing they looked pretty good.

I found the zoo instead…. (see The Zoo, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia – part 1 of 2 and Visiting Johor Bahru Zoo, Johor, Malaysia – part 2 of 2)

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