Johor Bahru’s largest mall, Capital 21, officially opened its doors yesterday (Oct 17). The six-storey mega-mall boasts 1,602 retail units and themed zones modelled after cities from five continents: Asia, the Americas, Europe, Australia/Oceania and Africa. Yup, it’s pretty much like Bangkok’s Terminal 21. Except wait, there’s more!

The fourth floor of the mall is occupied by a massive family-friendly indoor theme park run by Malaysian company MCM Studio (no relation to the US media giant Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, or MGM Studios). It’s divided into three areas: the kid-friendly Cartoon Planet, Movie Planet with movie-themed rides and Music Planet offering live circus acts and theatre performances.

We turned up at the mall on its opening day, not knowing what to expect. Getting there involved a 15-minute Grab ride (with no traffic jam) from Woodlands Causeway. It cost RM13 (S$4.30). Our driver was confused about the address, till we told him: “That big new mall.”

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