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Muar Tourism

Muar, also called Bandar Maharani, is the capital of Muar district in Johor, Malaysia. Recently declared as the royal town of Johor, it is also the 4th largest city in Johor. This city oozes traditions and cultures which is reflected in its heritage architecture. Known and explored for pre-war architecture, temples and some good restaurants and Chinese teahouses, Muar is an offbeat stop between Melaka and Johor Bahru.

The historical pre-war well-preserved commercial building still dominates the town’s architecture. Muar's roads are all painted a certain colour while most of the heritage buildings are inscribed with the year of their construction. The city's primary action is centred around the Muar Riverside, lined with mosques, colonial houses, and parks. Ching Giap See Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the state of Johor. Historical attractions in Muar include Bukit Kepong Police Station, Kubu Bentayan, and Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah I Mausoleum. Other attractions of this town include - Tanjung Emas, a recreational park that has a river cruise for tourists, Mural art, Ferry Pier, and Opera. 

Muar is also known for Nyonya style otak otak (fish cakes) and satay breakfasts along with Malay food such as mee bandung Muar, rojak, satay, and asam pedas. Javanese cuisine and desserts like pisang goreng, and mee siput Muar, a local snack eaten with sambal, is only available in Muar. 

Things to do in Muar

1. Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque

Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque
The beautifully designed mosque is located close to the river Muar in Johor Bahru. The monumental building has architectural influences from western and south asian regions. The renaissance-style arch (Read More)itecture at the bottom well contradicts the marvellous minaret at the roof that is of Turkish resemblance. The inside of the mosque has a small fountain-like arrangement and the overall structure of the mosque is painted in white and sky blue, looking like a perfect fusion of European and Asian architecture.

2. Sultan Ismail Bridge

Sultan Ismail Bridge
The Sultan Ismail Bridge is a well-designed bridge built across the Muar river to directly connect the town to Melaka and allow free flow of traffic. Built in the 1960s before which the locals had to (Read More)avail a ferry to get across the river, it has a stretch of approximately 400m and offers some stunning views of the flowing river and the Muar clock tower at the entrance.

3. Gunung Ledang

Gunung Ledang
Gunung Ledang National Park is located on the outskirts of Muar town in Johor. The park is mainly occupied by the mighty Mount Ledang or Gunung Ledang. The highest peak in Johor at 1276m, this mountai (Read More)n is moderately difficult to climb. Also regarded as a spiritual place, the mountain has several trails to start from but it is mandatory to recruit a guide from the park ranger’s office. This mountain is home to the splendid Puteri waterfalls that cascade to the bottom forming a pool making it a wonderful picnic and bathing spot.

4. Muar Clock Tower

Muar Clock Tower
The tall three storeyed clock tower erected in Muar is a spectacular colonial architectural landmark, just opposite Sultan Ismail bridge. The beautiful building is painted in white and blue with its b (Read More)ottom storeys being rectangular and a cylindrical top with a clock attached to it. It has a spiral staircase in the centre of the building to get to the top but is inaccessible to visitors.

5. Muar River

Muar River
The Muar River is a beautiful water body that passes through the city of Muar and the Malaysian states of Pahang and Negeri Sembilan. This river is quite famous since the Battle of Muar (1942) was fou (Read More)ght here. The Muar River is bridged by the Sultan Ismail Bridge and the Muar Second Bridge. Some of the attractions that are situated along the course are the Taman Tanjung Emas recreational park, the Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque, and the new Sultan Ismail Jamek 2 Mosque. While this is a great place to enjoy a picnic, one can also indulge in boating activities.

6. Maharani Mural Lane

Maharani Mural Lane
Situated on the Jalan Sisi Street in Muar, the Maharani Mural Lane is a unique lane which is adorned with marvellous street art. While several murals can be found here, they do not depict any particul (Read More)ar theme. Some of the murals depict the history and culture of Muar while some represent popular cartoon characters. After admiring the beauty of street art, one can also visit the nearby food joints, located at the Jalan Sisi Street.

7. Tanjung Emas Park

Tanjung Emas Park
The Tanjung Emas Park is a beautiful riverside park situated in the Malaysian city of Muar. While the park has a walking track and lush green lawns, it also houses several shaded areas where one can r (Read More)elax and rejuvenate. If you wish to enjoy the morning breeze or the sunset then you must plan a visit to this park.
Timings: 9:30 AM-11:30 PM

8. Don Hu Jurassic Garden Muar

Don Hu Jurassic Garden Muar
Situated at the Muar Bypass, the Don Hu Jurassic Garden houses over 50 life-size dinosaur sculptures. These sculptures represent several species of dinosaurs which existed millions of years ago. This (Read More)theme garden makes one feel as though he or she is actually in Jurassic Park. The park also houses a souvenir store where one can purchase dinosaur toys.
Timings: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

9. Muar Nan Hai Fei Lai Temple

Muar Nan Hai Fei Lai Temple
Situated on the Jalan Maharani Road in Muar, the Muar Nan Hai Fei Lai Temple is a beautiful Chinese temple that is dedicated to Goddess Kuan Yin i.e. the Goddess of Mercy. While the temple houses a be (Read More)autiful statue of the principal deity, Goddess Kuan Yin, it also houses a gorgeous courtyard, a prayer hall, and an intricately decorated roof.

10. Muar Cultural Walk

Muar Cultural Walk
Situated on the Jalan Meriam Street in Muar, the Muar Cultural Walk is adorned with beautiful murals which are made by local artists. Most of these murals depict the history and culture of the city. F (Read More)urther, some of the murals also depict ethnic Chinese groups. The Kopitiam and tiger scene are some of the most beautiful murals of the street. One can also find several local vendors selling items like plants, paintings as well as food items at the Muar Cultural Walk.

11. Nafas Mall

Nafas Mall
Situated near the Sekolah Menengah Sains Muar School, the Nafas Mall is mainly famous for its huge variety of Malay fashion apparels. While the mall offers a huge clothing collection, it also houses a (Read More) DIY store, a supermarket named Worldcome Supermarket, KFC and a few other food joints.

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Muar is very accessible by road. Besides highway 5, a federal road, Muar is also accessible via the PLUS Expressway, better known as North-South Expressway Southern Route. The nearest railway station is at Segamat, after which one can take a bus or a taxi to reach Muar. The nearest airport to Muar is the Melaka International Airport (MKZ). The other airports include - Senai International Airport (JHB), Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). However, one still has to board a bus or catch a taxi, or rent a car, to reach Muar.

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One of the murals along the Maharani Mural Lane in Muar

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