Old Johor Fort|Interesting Places In Johor|Malaysia

Interesting Places In Malaysia

Old Johor Fort or Kota Johor Lama is approximately 27 km from Kota Tinggi town, in Teluk Sengat. 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.

Its strategic location right by Johor river, the clever use of the natural terrain and the construction of fort walls, enabled Johor Lama to become a secure trading post for the region. Its elevated location allowed for a strategic view of the river estuary. But around 1587, the settlement was attacked and destroyed by the Portuguese invaders.

You will still be able to see remnants of the historical settlement, though not as impressive as it once must have been. Surrounded by earthen walls, some 10 to 25 feet high, the fort managed to fend of marauding enemies until the defeat to the Portuguese. Two tombs can be found near the fort, which are believed to be of Sultan Alauddin and his warriors.

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