6 Places Waiting to be Explored in Muar, Johor

By Bella Arti | 19, Nov, 2020
6 Places Waiting to be Explored in Muar, Johor

You might never think about visiting Muar, Johor in Malaysia but we’re about to change your mind.

A historical town in Johor, Muar (also known as Bandar Maharani) is one of the hidden gems in Malaysia you should consider visiting in near future. It was recently declared as Johor’s Royal Town by Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj in 2012. It was his mandate to keep Muar peaceful and clean that has made it to be one of the cleanest cities in SouthEast Asia – Muar was the recipient of the Asean Clean Tourist City Standard Award 2017. Famous for its coffee, food and historical buildings, it’s a perfect destination for foodies and those who seek a peaceful place to relax. Muar is waiting to be explored.

Here are 6 things to do in Muar:

 

1. A Must-Go Place for Coffee Lovers: Sai Kee Kopi 434 Muar

Sai Kee Kopi 434 Muar - Muar food

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If you seek an authentic taste of local coffee in Muar, this is where you should go.

Founded in 1953, Sai Kee Coffee is a two-storey wooden house perched very close to the Muar river, and across from the Bentayan Bus Station. Its founder, Mr. Kiar Am Sai was 17 years old when he landed in Malaysia from China. Ever since then, he has perfected his art in coffee roasting that it is now a popular drink among the locals and tourists around the world.

They serve Authentic Coffee like Elephant Coffee, Kopi O and Musang (Luwak) Coffee. If you have never heard of Elephant and Musang (Luwak) Coffee, you might want to google it before sipping it.

Other than that, they also serve Espresso, Cappuccino, White Coffee and many more. If you’re not a coffee lover, there are other menu items that you can order like Their Authentic Teas, Milk, Pineapple juice and Honey Lemon. They also serve Halal breakfast, lunch and dessert menu. Do try their Roti Bakar and Nasi Lemak as well!

Don’t forget to bring home their signature product: Kopi Cap 434!

Halal Status: Halal Certified

Address: 121, Jalan Maharani, Taman Sri Emas, 84000 Muar, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 8AM – 5:30PM

Phone: +60 6-951 3046

Website: https://www.saikee.com/

 

2. Have a Walk and Take Selfies at Muar Cultural Walk

Muar Cultural Walk - Muar historic murals

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Muar cultural walk is an alley with murals themed on Malaysian diversity, and Muar's historic and cultural roots. Here, you can hold your partner on a leisurely walk while enjoying the clean and peaceful atmosphere of Muar. You can also gain insights into Muar's culture and history by observing the murals and artwork on the alley walls. Besides that, you can also take photos there for mementos and Instagram posts.

Address: Jalan Meriam, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Phone: +60 17-889 5899

 

3. Embrace Muslim History by Visiting and Praying at Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque

Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque

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Located along Jalan Petri, near the mouth of Muar River, Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque was completed in 1930. Here, you can enjoy the unique combination of Colonial European and Islamic architectural style.

In this unique mosque, you will notice the European influence by looking at the large balcony of the mosque. You will also notice Greek columns supporting the building. The Islamic architectural influence can be seen from the gleaming blue dome, a classic hallmark of Islamic architecture. Furthermore, a magnificent minaret stands on the side of the mosque. This mosque is very spacious and when looking at the interior, you will be awed by the uniqueness of the Imam's sermon in this mosque. With its peaceful ambience, you can perform Salath in Khushu at Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque.

Coming here, you can also enjoy a peaceful view of the Muar River.

Address: Jalan Petri, Taman Sri Tanjung, 84000 Muar, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Phone: +60 19-762 6019

 

4. Rejuvenate Your Mind and Body by Hiking in Mount Ledang

Gunung Ledang - Muar Attractions

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A long time ago, when the Majapahit empire was still in power, they named the mountain Gunung Ledang, which translates to 'lofty mountain'. In Archaic Javanese, the word ledang also means to 'show-off'. This mountain is rich in history, myth and legend, including the infamous Legend of Gunung Ledang. Which tells the story of the mythical princess, Puteri Gunung Ledang.

Also known as Mount Ophir because of its history of being rich in Gold, Mount Ledang is a 1,276 m tall mountain in Tangkak, Johor, Malaysia. Precisely in the Gunung Ledang National Park. Its summit is located between the border of Muar and Melaka.

This mountain is one of the most difficult mountains to hike and is definitely not for beginners. It takes about 6 hours to reach the summit. Gunung Ledang Resort entrance is around 40 km from Muar. We recommend you drive up the mountain instead. Here, you can enjoy Puteri Waterfall, Pools, and Wild Animals like Wild Boars, Monitor Lizards and hundreds of species of Birds.

This mountain is also available for camping. However, we recommend contacting the phone number below before going.

Address: Batu 26, Jalan Segamat, Sagil, 84020 Tangkak, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 8AM-5PM (Mon & Wed), 8am-3:30PM (Tues & Thurs), 7AM-5PM (Fri-Sunday).

Phone: +60 19-777 2057

 

5. Stroll Around and Take a Boat Ride in Tanjung Emas

Muar Attractions - Tanjung Emas

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Known for its scenic “Sunset of Muar”, Tanjung Emas is a perfect place for a romantic evening stroll with your loved ones or it can also be a great place to find remedy. You can also do exercises like jogging, running, walking or cycling in the morning as they have a jogging track. A playground for children is also available. Other than that, Tanjung Emas is also a good spot for a picnic. Although there are shaded areas with trees and greenery, a friendly reminder to bring sunblock lotion or some sunglasses with you.

Other than that, what is fun about this Tanjung (Cape) is its boat trip on the Muar River. Enjoy Tanjung Emas and Muar River scenery by having a 45-minute boat ride for only RM 10 for adults and RM 5 for children.

Address: Taman Sri Tanjung, 84000 Muar, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 9:30AM-11:30PM

 

6. Savor the Flavors of Hereditary Recipes of Soup at Muar Soup House

Muar Food - Muar Soup House

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What started as a pedicab stall back in 1958, Muar Soup House now occupies 3 shophouses. This place is very popular among the locals and tourists. Here is the reason – they come here to try its Signature Mutton Soup. For meat lovers, this soup is a must try! Other delicious soup menu items are Local Chicken Soup, Beef Soup, Mutton Gearbox Soup to Oxtail Soup. You must try their Rojak too!

There is no need to worry that the stalls are closed because they are mostly open for 24 hours. Absolutely perfect for late night comfort food!

Important note: The place may be very crowded due to its popularity. Use your mask, bring your hand-sanitizers and your patience while coming here. InshAllah all your efforts will be worth it!

Halal Status: Halal

Address: 47, Jalan Sisi, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 12PM - 12AM (24 HOURS)

Phone: +60 16-665 5786

Oh no, we have reached the end of our list! However, we do still have some information for you to note. 

Muar is in fact not far from Singapore. It is only about 3 hours away. Road access from Singapore to Muar is very accessible. A bus ticket from Singapore to Muar is around SGD 26 and travel by car is possible. If you are looking for a budget holiday, then you should really consider visiting Muar. Everyone deserves a good vacation. Therefore, HalalTrip is here to make sure you can get one. Download HalalTrip now via the Play Store and App Store!

We hope this article helps you fill out your travel plan notes! Safe Trip travelers!

A writer who also works as a Personal Assistant. Enjoys traveling, singing, drawing and drinking tea or soy latte.