Tour Guide: What You Need to Know about Muar Johor

muar johor

Muar also called Bandar Maharani is a historical town and the capital of Muar District, Johor, Malaysia. The Muar District covers 1,354 km², with a population of 233,779 (WikiPedia)

It was declared as the royal town of Johor by Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar and is the fourth largest city (after Johor Bahru, Batu Pahat and Kluang) in Johor.

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It is one of the most populartourist attractions in Malaysia to be visited and explored for its food, coffee and historical prewar buildings.

Muar is one of the cleanest city in South East Asia, being awarded with Asean Clean Tourist City Standard Award 2017 recently. Currently, the new township of Muar is located in the Bakri area.

Muar Municipal Council

Muar Municipal Council (Majlis Perbandaran Muar) is a local authority which administrates Muar Town of Muar District, Johor, Malaysia.

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There are many local attractions and places of interest of Muar

Some of Muar Points of Interest

Bukit Kepong Police Station

This police station at Bukit Kepong with a history museum is famous for the brutal attack by the notorious communist terrorists on 23 February 1950 in the Bukit Kepong Incident during the Malayan Emergency period.

Tanjung Emas, Muar

Tanjung Emas Park is one of the top attractions in Muar. The best time to come here is during the weekends. Enjoy the scenic view of the Muar River while taking snapshots of the surrounding area.

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Kubu Bentayan

The last fortress of the retreating last Malacca Sultanate’s Sultan Mahmud Shah before it falls during the attack of the Portuguese in the 15th century situated at mouth the Sungai Bentayan, the Bentayan Express Bus Station (formerly Pagoh Bus Stand) location now. Another fortress but built by the Portuguese later, Fortaleza de Muar was also believed to be situated at the same area.

Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque

Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque, constructed between 1925 and 1930. This is the oldest mosque in Muar and you will be amazed by its intricate architecture. There is a fountain just right outside the mosque, and you’ll want to snap a picture of the magnificent fountain artwork.

Panglima Lidah Hitam Mausoleum, Parit Sakai

The grave of a legendary warrior Panglima Lidah Hitam (the Black Tongue Warrior) or Baginda Zahiruddin from Padang Pariaman, Minangkabau, Sumatera, Indonesia; the founder Silat Lintau, whose tongues was black in colour when he died and buried in Parit Sakai Laut, Jalan Junid, Muar.

Hiking and Picnic at Gunung Ledang

Gunung Ledang, is another unique Muar attraction among locals and tourists. There are various waterfalls and parks on-site to explore. If you plan on going hiking. It’s recommended to be up for a bit of a challenge to scale up the mountain.

Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah I Mausoleum, Kampung Raja, Pagoh

The tomb of Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah I, 7th Sultan of Malacca Sultanate from 1477 to 1488 is located at Kampung Raja, Ulu Pagoh.

Tapak Sejarah Kota Buruk, Jorak

The Kota Buruk fortress historical site located at Tanjung Selabu, Jorak, Bukit Pasir, Pagoh, Muar is where the founder of the Malacca Sultanate, Parameswara, stayed for more than 10 years upon his exile from Temasik before proceeding to open Malacca. It is said another historic fort ‘Biawak Busuk’, opened by Parameswara, is also located just nearby.