Category: About Muar

About Muar

Muar City, [GPS: 2°3′N 102°34′E] also known as Bandar Maharani or Empress Town is a town geopolitically situated in Muar District in northwestern Johor, Malaysia. The northern Muar region was seceded from Muar District as Ledang District. The name originated from the word Muara or estuary in Malay.

Muar District formerly covers 2346.12 km² and population of 384,800 (2010) under the Majlis Perbandaran Muar (previously known as Majlis Daerah Muar Selatan) which includes areas of Bukit Pasir, Bukit Bakri, Parit Jawa, Pagoh, Lenga, Bukit Kepong, and others.

Ledang new district area is 970.24 km² and population of 136,852 (2010) under the Majlis Daerah Tangkak (previously known as Majlis Daerah Muar Utara) which includes areas of Bukit Gambir, Gersik, Kundang Ulu, Sagil, Serom, Kesang, and others.

The population is a multiracial demography, consists of mainly Malay, Chinese, Indian etc. Beside the local languages like Malays, Chinese (Mandarin and other dialects Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese) and Tamil. English can be understood in the Muar city.

The town is about 150 km (93 miles) southeast of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, and about the same distance (179 km) northwest of Singapore . It is 45km south of Malacca Town. It is also 50 km north of Batu Pahat.

Commerce and Industry:

Muar main economic activites are commercial plantation such as palmoil and rubber and light industry especially the furniture manufacturing. Muar is estimated to export a half of Malaysian furniture output and is known as the city of furniture.

FDI wise, Muar is attracting MNCs like SGS and Pioneer to set up their manufacturing base since early 70s.

Culture:
Muar is famous for its ‘Ghazal’ music, which originated from Persia, and ‘Kuda Kepang’, a Javanese traditional dance where dancers sit astride mock horses according to the beat and rhythm of a percussion ensemble.

Chinese lion dance from Muar is world champions in several international tournaments and is recognized as a national cultural heritage by the Malaysian government.

Tourist Attractions:
Muar is not on the map of international tourists, it is more famous to local tourist for its cheap and yummy food sell at the stalls.

Pre-war buildings in the downtown is one major attraction to outsiders which portrays Muar glorious past. Another attraction of Muar town is Taman Tanjung Emas, the town’s park, which is located at the estuary of Muar river. It is outlined by a picturesque esplanade overlooking the scenic river. The park, which is much visited during the weekends, also houses a 9-hole golf course. A 45 minute to one hour river cruise departing from this park is also available to offer tourists views of Muar town from the river.

Trishaws and bicycles used to dominate the road in 70s and 80s, but these modes of transport are phasing out by cars and motorbikes nowadays.

Other natural and historic attractions outside the Muar city are Gersik Hot Spring, Gunung Ledang Waterfalls, Pagoh herb plantation and Kampong Raja Sultan Alaudin’s tomb.

Category: About Muar