Dataran Bandaraya is on all the tourist maps as a must visit place. It’s the town square, though it’s a fair distance outside the town itself, and consists of a clock tower (quite pretty, even though when I went it had recently been repainted from a vibrant yellow to a dull grey) in front of a field. There is also an Arabic style portakabin which houses a gift shop. While I was there, there was a housing fair.

Clock tower, Dataran Bandaraya, Johor Bahru

The square has slightly expensive parking just beside it; it is tricky to get to as it’s just off a couple of major highways in the city, so involves a few U turns.

Field, Dataran Bandaraya, Johor Bahru

I honestly cannot see why this is a must visit, unless it is to boost taxi trade in the town. If you have a picture of the tower in your guide book or map, leave it at that and don’t come here. Especially if the pic has the old, nice colour scheme.

Gift shop, Dataran Bandaraya, Johor Bahru

Address: Jalan Sultan Abu Bakr and Jalan Skudai, Johor Bahru