2023:Related events/City tour of Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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Johor Bahru Photo Walk
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Date: Sunday, 20 August 2023
Time: 2:00–6:00 p.m. (we start after lunch time and finish right before dinner)
Tour guide: Dody Ismoyo (Wikimedia Community User Group Malaysia)

Wikimania 2023 Johor Bahru Photo Walk

Let us meet at the Johor Bahru City Square shopping mall at the information counter of the shopping mall at ground floor (inside the shopping mall).

Johor Bahru Photo Walk is related to but not a part of the Wikimania 2023 Conference in Singapore. It is organised by Wikimedia Community User Group Malaysia.

We will walk through:

Idea is to make a guided walk through Johor Bahru and to take the photographs. If you have Android phone, you can use 'Ajapaik for taking rephotos (we can share wifi if you don't have internet access from the phone).

This activity applicable to individuals who have a free visa to Malaysia and have done mandatory yellow fever vaccination (applicable for certain countries. See Visa policy of Malaysia Wikipedia link below). If you are interested in joining, please arrange your own visa for this purpose.
Further information: Visa policy of Malaysia

Take note[edit | edit source]

  • Please use the Johor–Singapore Causeway (or 1st crossing bridge or The Causeway) to enter Johor Bahru from Singapore, which is located at the north of Singapore. Do not use the Malaysia–Singapore Second Link (or 2nd crossing bridge or The 2nd Link) to enter Johor Bahru which is located at the west of Singapore, because this is further away from our meeting our at Johor Bahru City Square shopping mall. For more information in getting into Johor Bahru from Singapore, please see Johor Bahru.
  • English is a second language in Malaysia (and official in the state of Sarawak), thus language communication should not be a problem.
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to enter Malaysia. Random check may happen from time to time to check on your COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Face mask (because of COVID-19) is no longer mandatory in Malaysia. Should you wish to keep wearing face mask, you are most welcomed.
  • All of the places that we will visit have their English Wikipedia article or Wikidata page already (thus they are notable place :D )
  • The total distance to be covered by foot will be about 6-7 km, which can be done within 4-5 hours for relax pace walking. There are always options to cut short the tour for those who may think they can't join us together until finish. Because the walking path is roughly will be round in shape, so at any point, for those who wish to discontinue the walk can easily do so by walking back to the first meeting point at Johor Bahru City Square shopping mall
  • Please come into Johor Bahru early in the morning (preferably by 9 or 10 am) to avoid any unnecessary delay due to traffic jam (when you take bus) and queue at the immigration.
  • Please have your lunch first by your own (you can eat at Johor Bahru City Square shopping mall) before the start of the city tour because we will walk under the sun, so a good stamina with full stomach will help a lot.
  • Money changer (from Singapore Dollar (SGD) to Malaysian Ringgit (RM or MYR)) is available at Johor Bahru Sentral Station or Johor Bahru City Square shopping mall. Alternatively, you can exchange your SGD to MYR while still in Singapore, although the rate will be not as good as if you exchange it when you are in Malaysia.
  • Some landmark places we will pass by (thus free) and entry into religious places are free. But entry into museums or gallery may incur some entry fee (although not expensive), thus having some MYR cash can be handy.
  • Please wear sports shoes (or any shoe that is comfortable for long walk), light-colored dress, bring hat & umbrella, and also sun glasses.
  • Standby with a bottle of water will be good also, although we will pass through some shops/minimarket/convenience store area along the walking path.
  • Be ready with sarong (if you are wearing short pants) or long sleeve cardigan (if you are wearing short sleeve or sleeveless shirts) if later you wish to enter inside some of the religious buildings (mosques, Hindu temples etc) which will be part of our tour.
  • The tour will end tentatively around 6 pm or 7 pm the latest, then we can have the option to have dinner together in Johor Bahru.
  • In the event of raining, we shall just wait inside a shopping mall until the rain stops and we can continue our walk.
  • Tour routes and places to be visited as part of this tour are subject to change anytime upon the organizer's discretion (e.g. weather, time limitation etc) without any prior notice. There is a possibility also that some of those places may also be closed or undergo renovation on that day.
  • The organizers have the full right to amend the terms and regulations of this event (listed in this Take note section) from time to time.
  • Please have your own personal travel/accident insurance prior to joining this tour. The organizer shall assume no responsibility and no liability at all for any unwanted incident and/or accident happen to the participants resulted directly or indirectly from this event. You shall take part in this event solely at your own risk.

Important places[edit | edit source]

  • Police station (at CIQ Police Station, 1°27'45.5"N 103°45'56.5"E)
  • Clinic (at Klinik Dr. Mahmud Jb, 1°27'46.4"N 103°45'43.7"E)
  • Hospital (at Sultanah Aminah Hospital, 1°27'31.2"N 103°44'45.7"E)
  • Bank (at Maybank, Johor Bahru City Square Mall, 1°27'40.0"N 103°45'50.5"E)

Law[edit | edit source]

Refer to Freedom of panorama page in Wikimedia Commons, Malaysia is the 2nd most free country in terms of freedom of panorama (5 out of 6 categories are acceptable), behind Angola & Portugal (all 6 categories are acceptable).

In summary, for taking photos in Malaysia based on category:
- Commercial use: acceptable
- Buildings: acceptable
- 3D artwork: acceptable
- 2D artwork: acceptable
- Text: not acceptable
- Public interiors: acceptable

So based on the copyright rule of Malaysia (Copyright Act 1987 (Act 332)), text can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons only after 50 years from the year in which it was first published, except as otherwise provided an official written permission from the author and publisher.

But then again, please use some level of commons sense to not take photos of military installations, immigration buildings, police station buildings or buildings which explicitly put up rules that no photos is allowed (e.g. inside some museums or gallery - if any).

Sign up[edit | edit source]

If you are interested in attending Johor Bahru Photo Walk, add your name here. By signing up your name here, you herewith have acknowledged and agreed to all of the terms listed in the 'Take note' section of this page.

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Galleries[edit | edit source]

Further trip[edit | edit source]

Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal
  • After the end of the tour and those who wish to enter back to Singapore, please fill up your pre-departure electronic travel authority (MyICA Mobile) before you leave Malaysia.
  • For those who wish to continue their stay in Malaysia to explore the other states outside Johor, you can proceed to Johor Bahru Sentral Station (for railway mode of transport), or you can catch a feeder bus or Grab car from Johor Bahru Sentral bus station to go to Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal (the main bus terminal of Johor Bahru City which connects to other main cities in Peninsular Malaysia, including the capital Kuala Lumpur). We highly recommend you to take bus instead of train, because bus gives way more departure time and more choices of direct destinations. For those people in this group (who wish to further stay in Malaysia), I believe you will come here to Malaysia with your carry-on luggage. For you to temporarily store your luggage before joining us for the Johor Bahru City Tour, you can store your luggage at Johor Bahru Sentral Station or at KOMTAR JBCC shopping mall (located across the train station connected by a bridge). Nevertheless, things may have changed after COVID-19 lockdown, so you may need to ask the local officer there.
  • Or for those who want to stay overnight in Johor Bahru, there are plenty of hotels to choose nearby the Johor Bahru immigration area, from budget hotel to 4-star hotel (see Hotels in Johor Bahru). Thus, you can leave your luggage there before joining this Johor Bahru City Tour. There is a tourism tax (above the hotel fee you paid online) for non-Malaysians which will cost you MYR10 per room per night which you need to pay upon check-in.