Johor, nicknamed the ‘ Southern Gateway’ is the third largest and most southern state in Peninsular Malaysia. The state derived its status as the country’s Southern Gateway after it was connected to Singapore through the 1056m-long Causeway. With its 3.17 million population, Johor is the most populous state in Malaysia. Besides the cultural expressions practiced by the local Malays, Chinese and Indians, culture in Johor is also influenced by visitors and traders throughout history e.g. Bugis, Arabs, Hindustani, Persian and Javanese. Johor has a remarkable mix of modernization with traditionalism that caters for all. Being bordered with Straits of Melaka on its west and the South China Sea on the east, the state offers visitors captivating seaside beaches and islands.