Top 5 Batu Pahat Attractions (2021)

For a very photogenic place, Batu Pahat is not to be missed. In this article, is a list of places that you have to visit when in Batu Pahat! There are many buses from Singapore to Batu Pahat, so it’s pretty accessible and easy to get here. Many would call this town underrated or unheard of, but once you step into its boundaries, you will regret that there aren’t more Instagram posts with #batupahat.

1. Pantai Minyak Beku

One of the preferred locations for people to take photos because of its panoramic beauty during sunset. The beauty of nature in its glory can be seen when dusk begins to set in and becomes the best location in Johor to watch the sunset on the western horizon. This beach is the ideal spot for family gatherings and picnics due to the facilities of street vendors, public restrooms & shaded pavilions over the water.

It is also known for the Batu Pahat Well, which is located near the mouth of the Batu Pahat River. This well was dug by the fleeing Siamese troops when they failed their attack on Malacca during the reign of the third sultan of Malacca, Sultan Mansur Syah. The district of Batu Pahat (which meant chiselled stone) got its name from the incident whereby the Siamese soldiers chiselled a hole in the rock until water flowed.

2. Chong Long Gong Temple

Chong Long Gong Temple is a holy place for the local Chinese in the sleepy fishing village of Segenting. The temple was well-known for its fish-touching rite, whereby Touching the head of the giant arapaima fishes in the pond will bring you prosperity. There is a jetty for fishing boats nearby with a sea view, which is ideal for a stroll and provides a perfect and calm sunset scenery for photographers.

There is also a bridge known as the Lovers’ Bridge and it became a romantic location for courting couples in the village. The locals think that if a man and a woman walk across the bridge, they will fall in love and marry. Along the way of the temple, local hawkers and shops also sell your favourite childhood snacks and souvenirs.

3. Taman Rekreasi Tasik Y

The well-known recreational park in Batu Pahat is situated between the junctions of Jalan Sulit and Jalan Kolam Air and offers free parking. The recreational park is ideal for light meals and small family gatherings due to its numerous sitting spaces and shady trees. Throughout the day, small vendors and hawkers will be offering a variety of local cuisines and snacks.

For running enthusiasts or just casual walkers who want to take in the beauty of this artificial lake spread, there will be a jogging path around the park. You can also see the residents practising tai chi and Zumba in the morning and evening. Visit this park for fun playgrounds and a couple of dinosaur sculptures with your kids.

4. Dataran Penggaram Batu Pahat (Penggaram Square Batu Pahat)

Previously known as the town square, this open field has been revitalised to become more than simply a gathering spot for retailers and diners. It is a large open area near the town’s centre. A stone hand chiselling a rock with a hammer in the middle of the fountain in Dataran was built as part of the town’s 100th anniversary and continues to serve as a visual narrator of the town’s history.

The area is also turning into an activity centre featuring locals with live stage performances, new year countdowns, and other community events taking place throughout the year. The town square is usually bustling with soccer tournaments, social gatherings and local street food in the evenings.

5. DIY Playground Batu Pahat

A former waste dumping ground was transformed into a DIY amusement playground by an elderly man, Tan Ching Swee or fondly known as “Uncle” among the locals, using his savings and time. It was one to provide an entertaining playing space and experience for the kids in his neighbourhood. The playground facilities are hand-made using recyclable materials.

Among the facilities available for the kids are the zip line, manual pirate ship, slides and many other games.

6. Si Hai Long Wang Temple

Si Hai Long Wang Temple, a Taoist temple, is a must-see for anybody visiting Batu Pahat. It is made up of a significant number of colourful deity sculptures. The temple was named after Long Wang (Dragon King), the God of the Sea who oversees the marine creatures, the seas, and the weather, as it was built near the Batu Pahat River.

The deities have been donated mainly by generous visitors over the years. Besides, the view is lovely with a refreshing sea breeze.

The tourist attractions of Batu Pahat resemble a simple lifestyle of the community that looks for something fun and exciting in small things around them. In contrast to the hustling life of big cities like Kuala Lumpur or even Singapore, Batu Pahat provides natural scenery surrounding this small town.