Muar is the second largest town and district of the state of Johor in southern Malaysia. The royal town of Johor, Muar was formerly known as Bandar Maharani Bandar Diraja. Muar has a lot of attractions for city folks searching for more casual and enjoyable experiences. We’ve compiled a list of the town’s top nine attractions.
Uptown Maharani is a night market at the stretch of Jalan Sisi between Jalan Maharani to Jalan Ali. Here, they offer a variety of products and services ranging from preloved clothing, pet animals, art toys, henna tattoos to local cuisine such as kerepek and cendol. In fact, it is safe to say that the small stalls here sell about anything and everything. During the day, Jalan Sisi’s large-scale murals and street art are a must-see. Colorful umbrellas are also suspended over the street, nearly identical to the Concubine Lane in Ipoh, Perak, a perfect place for Instagram pictures.
This beautiful park is situated at the Muar river mouth. You can go on a short and sweet river cruise along the riverbanks to feel the cold wind blowing on your face and admire the lovely scenery. In the evenings, the public will begin to assemble for a jog and other leisure activities. This spacious park accommodates a children’s playground, making it ideal for a family outing. Among the crowd, you can also find some lovely couples who have come here to watch the sun set. At night, the place is brightened up by dazzling lights and LED toys played by children, livening up the atmosphere.
Mount Ophir, also known as Gunung Ledang is in the Gunung Ledang National Park located in Tangkak District. It is the highest peak in Johor and the most favorite spot for adrenaline junkies in Muar. This is due to the fact that trekking to the summit from the management office might take up to six hours. We bet you that the hike could be exhausting and stressful for many inexperienced hikers. If you are not up for that challenge, you may camp near the waterfall for an overnight stay to catch the golden sunrise the next day.
Nasuha Herbs & Spice Farm is actually a farm that produces spices under the label of Mak Siti. The three 200-hectare farm is home to more than 150 species of spices and herbs from all around the world. It is also the largest herb farm in Southeast Asia. Almost half of the spices and herbs on this farm are imported from Europe, Africa, and Asia. Visitors may also enjoy their meal here and choose from the range of unique menus available at this restaurant, such as herbal mutton biryani, asam pedas kambing, herbal soup, and more. Last but not least, recreational facilities and activities such as jungle tracking, obstacle course, and kayaking make Nasuha Herbs & Spice Farm the perfect place for an exciting and educational day trip.
Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque was built in 1927. It is a mosque with British influence architecture, situated along Jalan Petri, close to the mouth of the Muar River. Other than being the place of worship for Muslims, it also appears as a mansion with a majestic aesthetic. The design of the mosque is classical in style with impressive Middle Eastern features. It has an elegant four-story tall minaret made with European and Turkish elements, as well as lovely Palladian Venetian windows. The entire mosque is painted mostly in white, with light blue stripes to add in a pop of color.
The Muar Clock Tower, located right across from the Sultan Ismail Bridge, is an English-style clock tower. It’s a three-tiered tower with two square colonnades at the bottom. The entire structure is painted in sky blue and white color palette resembling Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque.
Galeri Darurat Bukit Kepong not only exhibits historical artifacts from the Bukit Kepong incident but also tells the narrative of police officers and their families who gave their lives during the Malayan Emergency in 1950. In fact, the gallery provides a very detailed and educational story on the conflict between policemen and communist terrorists that happened back in the days. The visit to the gallery will leave you feeling sentimental and melancholy; making you appreciate the peace that we are now enjoying even more.
Nan Hai Fei Lai Temple is a Buddhist temple dedicated to The Goddess of Compassion, Bodhisattva Guan Yin. It is located opposite the bus terminal in Muar. Worshippers from different states will be visiting the temple on the birthday of the Goddess Guan Yin every year. We would say that the temple is a great place to recharge your spiritual batteries while putting your soul at ease.
The majority of murals are concentrated in and around the center of town. Most of them depict the Malaysian lifestyle, culture, and history. The artwork portraying the traditional games such as teng-teng, congkak, and batu seremban represent the Malaysian childhood before the digital realm, and it will undoubtedly seem like a nostalgia trip for millennials. If you have not heard, the most popular mural here is a huge mural of two loving sisters at Arab Street by Russian muralist Julia Volchkova. Remember to check it out before you check out of this town!
Muar is a destination that you should absolutely include in your trip schedule since it has so many aesthetic, historical, and natural features that will astonish you. The greenery at Nasuha Herbs & Spice Farm and Ophir Mount will help you to reduce your stress level, while other activities there will provide an adrenaline rush. On the other hand, Masjid Jamek Sultan Ibrahim Muar and the mural arts are the greatest aesthetic appeal in town. Lastly, the lively crowd that you see at the park and the night market is what defines Muar.