13 Must-Visit Muar Attractions

Searching for your next weekend escape? Or wonder what to do in Johor Bahru?

Why not go to Muar, the official Royal Town (or ‘Empress Town’) of Johor? It is roughly a 2.5-hour drive from Singapore to Muar.

Besides the rich history, Muar has plenty else to offer.

For starters, there is excellent and cheap food (plus coffee) and of course, some natural beauty.

Just so you don’t miss out on any, here’s a list of 13 must-visit Muar attractions!

13 Must-Visit Muar Attractions

1. Muar Murals

Prepare to spend some time to admire the giant murals (or street art) in Muar!

Especially make it a point to see the “The Loving Sisters” by Russian artist, Julia Volchkova. You might have seen her other gorgeous works in Penang!

Muar Mural Two Sisters

And the 3D ferry mural or Mural Penambang Feri – which is what it sounds like!

Muar Mural Vehicle

There are also 2 large murals (by 4 different artists) on Komplex Legenda including “Root of the World’s Furniture” – a tribute to the Muar furniture industry.

Muar Mural Art On Building

See the Bangsa Johor Mural at Taman Sri Tanjung, Muar. This is a mural on the Tanjung Emas clock tower which portrays racial unity in Malaysia.

Location of Muar Murals:

  • The Loving Sisters – http://bit.ly/2FtKt6m
  • Bangsa Johor Mural – http://bit.ly/2OwU0he
  • Ferry Pier Mural – Back alley close to Jalan Abdullah, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
  • The Root of the World’s Furniture – 55, Jalan Haji Abu, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
  • The Bond (tiger and girl) – 44, Jalan Yahya, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor
  • Chinese Opera Actress & Jalan Ali street scene- Close to the Kwong Siu building at 55, Jalan Ali, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor

2. HS Farm/HS Farmstay (农场民宿)

The great outdoors and a myriad of fun activities await you at HS Farm in Muar!

HS Farmstay

  • Taste fresh honey at their bee farm
  • Visit their mini zoo
  • Pick your own coconuts at their plantation
  • Go cycling, fishing or swimming

  • Ride a horse
  • Have a barbeque
  • And plenty more!

HS Farmstay Johor Mini Zoo

They even have their own water park there!

Want to bring your whole family to stay overnight at this local eco farm?

HS Farmstay (Water Park)

Not a problem!

HS Farmstay has basic but comfortable accommodations to suit large groups.

Location: PTD 4116,Parit Pajar, Jalan kesang,84000 Muar, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +6012-613 7723
Business Hours: 9:00am – 7:30pm

 

3. Gunung Ledang National Park

Here’s another wonderful place to visit in Muar – Gunung Ledang!

Gunung Ledang (Mount Ophir) at a height of 1,276m, is the setting for a local Malay legend involving a fairy princess and Sultan Mahmud Shah.

Gunung Ledang, Johor

The hike up to Mount Ophir is not for everyone. You need to be fit and take a guide with you. It will cost you around RM150. More if you are a foreigner. Book ahead.

Also read: 7 Captivating Hills In Johor For Weekend Hiking

Other than scaling up the mountain, you can explore the park. There are walking paths and waterfalls here. Like the Puteri Waterfalls.

Gunung Ledang Muar Waterfall

Location: 26, Batu, Jalan Segamat, 84020 Sagil Ledang, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +606-963 1030
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Entrance fee: RM1 (Adult), RM0.50 (Child)

 

4. Glutton Street

Glutton Street (or Food Street Jalan Haji Abu) as the name implies, is a food street.

For some excellent local coffee, try a cup at Sai Kee Kopi 434 Muar. Fair warning – there is a crowd during the weekends!

Muar Glutton Street 贪吃街

Muar Glutton Street

Also read: Jonker Street (Ultimate Travel Guide)

Other things you don’t want to miss include:

  • There are a couple of stalls selling a local dish called otak-otak (oyster omelet)
  • Chicken or pork satay – try the ones at Ah Kaw Satay (亚九美味沙爹)
  • Fresh seafood. Try 99 Hawker Center (for lunch) or Bentayan Hawker Center (for dinner)
  • Wan tan mee at Ah Choy Wan Tan Mee (亚才云吞面)

If you rack up a thirst, you can get some herbal tea too!

 

5. Don Hu Jurassic Park Garden

For something a little different, you can venture to this new Muar attraction!

Don Hu Jurassic Park Garden

This unusual park (or tree nursery) has 30 realistic-looking dinosaur sculptures in it. Including some species from the internationally famous, Jurassic Park franchise.

Don Hu Jurassic Park Garden Muar Dinosaur Alone

But the amazing thing is, there is no entrance fee! All thanks to Heng Chiang Hwee who just wants the public to enjoy the park. Big surprise – he happens to like dinosaurs!

So you can stroll among the dinosaurs at your leisure.

Location: http://bit.ly/2CHIyKR
Contact: +6014-666 1732
Opening Hours:
Daily: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Closed on: Wednesdays

 

6. Muar Clock Tower

Of of the popular Muar tourist attractions includes the Muar clock tower. Which happens to be near the Muar Bus Terminal too!

Although it is not possible to go up the tower, you can still admire it from the outside.

The white and yellow clock tower features British colonial architecture.

Take a selfie with the clock tower if you wish!

Muar Clock Tower

Afterward, you can explore the garden, Padang Nyiru.

For another perspective of the clock tower, why not head over to Sultan Ismail Bridge?

 

7. Tanjung Emas

Next to Muar river is the Tanjung Emas park. Joggers frequently visit this park for its riverside walkway that overlooks the Straits of Malacca.

Dataran Tanjung Emas field (or padang) is occasionally a spot for ceremonies and other festivities.

Tanjung Emas Muar

This is a good place to come if you’re not sure what to do in Muar.

There is a playground here for the kids. Or you can take a stroll around the park and picnic with your loved ones.

Tanjung Emas Muar Nature

Some people even fish here! Or play golf at the 9-hole course!

Besides this, there is a 45-minute boat you can take to cruise along the river for another view of Muar.

Location: http://bit.ly/2uvVzCG
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 11:30pm

 

8. Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque

Located at the mouth of Muar river, this beautiful white mosque with a blue roof and sky-blue pillars have its origins in the late 1930s.

Its external appearance is very unusual because of the blend of Western (like British and Roman) and traditional Malay influence.

Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque Muar

The main building resembles a British mansion while the minarets retain their middle-eastern elements.

You can see the mosque from Tanjung Emas park.

Fun fact – this mosque has its own twin across the river. Masjid Sultan Ismail (sometimes known as Masjid Jamek 2) has a very similar appearance to Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque.

Both look great at night too!

Location: http://bit.ly/2Op2UgJ
Contact: +6019-762 6019

 

9. Nan Hai Fei Lai Temple

This next Muar attraction is an ancient Chinese temple date back to 1913 and is between two shophouses. The Buddhist Goddess of Mercy (or Kuan Yin) is the main patron that people come to worship.

Nan Hai Fei Lai Temple Muar Johor

Which you will notice right away because the main statue of the deity features a thousand hands!

Visitors can enter the temple through a very unassuming archway to the temple courtyard and the actual temple.

The peak of activity at this temple is during the goddess’ multiple birthdays (these include her enlightenment and renunciation dates).

Location: 104, Jalan Maharani, 84000 Muar, Johor, Malaysia

 

10. Grisek Hot Spring

You know what they say, the best things in life are free!

Here is a natural sulphuric hot spring that is free for the public (including foreigners) to use. The spring is very popular among locals who believe in the wonders of a good soak!

Grisek Hot Spring Muar Johor

Just the thing if you have some sore muscles from exploring Muar!

The water temperature varies between 50 to 70 degree Celsius depending on which pool you choose. There’s a pool just for the kids, too!

Grisek Hot Spring Muar Pool

Facilities include toilets, a prayer room, and the car park – all free of charge!

Tip: If you want to get away from the crowds, come on a weekday!

Location: http://bit.ly/2FtzvOn
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 7:00pm

11. Wetex Parade

Wetex Parade is the place to visit in Muar if you want to get some serious shopping done!

Or maybe you just want to escape from the heat for a while!

Being the town’s biggest mall with four levels, Wetex Parade has everything – shops, supermarkets, ATMs and a selection of restaurants including fast food options like good old McDonald’s.

Wetex Parade Muar Johor

Maybe you can even pick up an unexpected souvenir from here!

Classic Hotel has recently done some renovations and shares a link to this mall too.

Location: 69, Jalan Ali, Pekan Muar, 84000 Muar, Johor, Malaysia.
Contact: +606-954 4848
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm

 

12. Pantai Leka (Parit Jawa)

Avid bird watchers will want to take note of this next Muar attraction!

Also read: 21 Port Dickson Attractions

Pantai Leka (Parit Jawa) is essentially a beach but its mangrove forests shelter and provide for many birds.

Pantai Leka (Parit Jawa) Muar Boats

Since it is quite far (10km) from the town, it is a suitable place for the migratory birds to rest and recover from their long journeys.

It is common to see birds of a migratory nature here. If you are lucky, you might see even see a Chinese egret or a great knot.

Stop by and see if you can spot some rare species!

Pantai Leka (Parit Jawa) Muar

 

13. The Sultan Ismail Bridge

The last Muar attraction on this list is a bridge which dates back to the 1960s.

River crossings by ferry are no longer necessary today because of this bridge.

Sultan Ismail Bridge serves as a link between Bandar Maharani of Muar and Tanjung Agas.

What does it take to make a bridge this size? Special steel from Germany, lots of cement, 130 people and a few million ringgit!

Sultan Ismail Bridge Muar Night View

But luckily for us, the previous toll no longer applies (since the 1980s).

If you don’t have time to see the Muar clock tower up close, you can see it from this bridge!

 

Transport From Singapore To Muar

Since Muar is a little out of the way, the most convenient way to get here from Singapore is to use a private car service like SGMYTAXI.

SGMYTAXI: Private Taxi/Car From Singapore to Desaru Coast Water Park

Why SGMYTAXI?

  • They have 3 different types of cars you can choose from depending on your needs
  • You can customize the pick-up time and date
  • More leg room!
  • Reasonable prices
  • Easy to book online
  • Passengers do not need to disembark from the car (twice) for immigration clearance
  • And lastly, you get to skip the hassle of immigration altogether!

See the rates for SGMYTAXI services.

You can book online with them and they will contact you as soon as possible to confirm your booking. Remember to fill in your email address accurately!

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