Kota Johor Lama or Old Johor Fort is located about 27 kilometers from Kota Tinggi town in Teluk Sengat. It is a historical site of great importance to the Johor sultanate. It was the site of fierce wars amongst the local Malays and outside invading forces.
During the reign of Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah II (1528-1564), the Old Johor Fort was built in 1540. Its strategic location right by Johor River, the clever use of the natural terrain and the construction of the fort enable Johor Lama to become a secure trading post for the region. The natural environment of the fort makes it easier to supervise the movement of the ships especially the threat from the Achinese and the Portuguese.
Today, you will be able to see remnants of the historical settlement though not as impressive as once must have been. Two tombs can be found near the fort which is believed to be of Sultan Alauddin and his warriors.
If you come in a tour bus, you would have to stop at the junction and walk a few hundred meters to the information centre.
How to get there
Kota Johor Lama is approximately 27 km from Kota Tinggi town, in Teluk Sengat. Johor Lama is accessible from the North South Expressway (NSE) via the Kulai exit (Interchange 252), onto the Johor Bahru-Kota Tinggi trunk road (Highway 94 and 3) and onwards towards Desaru (Highway 92). This route is about 77km from the NSE.
Contact Info :
Tourism Malaysia Johor,
L3-26 Aras 3,
2 Jalan Ayer Molek,
Johor Bahru 80000, Johor.
Telephone: +607-222 3590 / 3591
Fax: +607-223 5502
There are several accommodations to suite every budget in nearby Desaru.