Kota Johor Lama (Old Johor Fort), was the site of fierce wars amongst the local Malays and outside invading forces.
The Old Johor Fort was built in 1540 during the reign of Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah II (1528-1564). This fort was the best defence fort among the defence forts built along the Sungai Johor.
After the fall of the Malay Sultanate of Malacca in 1511, Sungai Johor became the reigning centre and the defence fort to counter attack the Portuguese position in Malacca.
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.
In 1587, the fort fell to the Portuguese. The whole fort was burnt down and all assets including weapons were taken.
If you come in a tour bus, you would have to stop at the junction and walk a few hundred metres 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 (Interchage 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.
There are several accommodations to suite every budget in nearby Desaru.