Johor Baru glass temple drawing more tourists
MALAYSIA'S first glass temple in Johor Baru has become a popular tourist destination not only among locals but also foreigners.
The number of international visitors, mostly from Japan, China and Hong Kong, increased from 3,115 in 2012 to 3,580 last year.
The chairman of the State Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Tourism Committee, Tee Siew Kiong, said that the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple has been a big hit among tourists over the past few years.
"Overall, the temple received some 10,000 visitors in 2012 and some 15,000 visitors last year," he said.
He added that over 9,000 visitors had already visited the temple since January this year.
Mr Tee said this in reply to questions during the state assembly sitting here yesterday.
"We have been widely promoting the temple via promotional materials, including pamphlets issued by the Tourism Department, as well as on the department's website.
"During a recent work trip to India, we encouraged tourism agencies to highlight the glass temple in their tourism packages, to attract more Indian nationals," he added.
Mr Tee also said the state government would look into installing proper signboards to guide tourists to the glass temple.
"Considering that the temple is located within the Johor Baru City Centre project development, the Tourism Department will be working with the Johor Baru City Council as well as the Iskandar Regional Development Authority to ensure that the signs are put up and maintained," he said.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK