Johor Bahru Will Soon Have Its Version of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market

Come 2019, the Malaysian state capital will welcome a street market as its newest tourist attraction.

Photo: B5 Johor Street Market

Johor Bahru is poised to become an even bigger tourist destination, with exciting developments in the pipeline including new theme parks and major shopping malls.

As reported by The Star, the second-largest city in Malaysia will soon welcome its own version of Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market, a major open-air landmark that has been selling fresh quality produce and specialty products since 1878.

Inspired by its Australian counterpart but with a hyper-local touch, the proposed market in Malaysia will take after Johor’s heritage, with five elements comprising a retail bazaar, box park, food trucks, as well as a hub for local arts and culture.

Slated for completion in 2019, the 2,300-square-meter land in Tampoi will be developed by state investment arm Johor Corporation (JCorp) at a cost of more than US$20 million.

According to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, the B5 Johor Street Market project would revitalize Tampoi town, or Batu Lima, which was once a thriving business district before a fire ravaged the area in the 1990s.

Apart from the market, other commercial developments are also taking place within a three-kilometer radius. These include three shopping malls, namely Plaza Angsana, Paradigm Mall, and Capital 21, which look set to open by the end of this year.

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