Located in a 102ha gazetted area within the Johor Baru city centre in Johor is the Ibrahim International Business District (IIBD). In heart of the IIBD stands the Heritage Cornerstone, a 6.7m artistic sculpture. This is the second of four IIBD blueprint pillars to be launched.
The Heritage Cornerstone stands strategically at Legaran Segget, a pedestrian walkway over the covered Segget River, and adjacent to the Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Street archway.
It is said to be a symbol of Johor Baru’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, from its early origins as a fishing village to the state capital city.
The cornerstone is made up of three metal branches that extend upwards and outwards to form a broad leaf covering with cut-out patterns on its surface. The patterns are inspired by cultural motifs on existing heritage buildings in the IIBD.
Within the IIBD, there are other heritage sites that have been earmarked for preservation.
According to a statement from Perbadanan Johor, the traditional design elements of the Urban Tree symbolise the synergy between the three main ethnic groups in Johor. It is an interactive sculpture through shadowplay and reflects the unity and cultural heritage that needs to be preserved and celebrated.
There are many places of interest to check out around the area too.
Stroll along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee down to Jalan Segget where the Bazaar Karat pasar malam with its wide array of food and interesting stuff, happens every night.
Then, proceed to the “Streets of Harmony” which span Jalan Gereja, Jalan Trus, Jalan Dhoby and Jalan Duke, where six different places of worship testify to the unique Johorean identity dating to as far back as the 19th century. The places of worship include the Masjid An-Nur Kotaraya, Johor Gu Miao Temple, Church of Immaculate Conception and Sri Raja Marimman Temple.
Other heritage buildings to check out are the Johor Baru Old Railway Station and Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim.