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Muar History & Story

Muar, also known as Empress Town, is a treasure trove of well-preserved heritage buildings

Muar, also known as Empress Town, is a treasure trove of well-preserved heritage buildings

Story and photos by zazali musa BANDAR Maharani or Muar might not be as famous as the Unesco World Heritage sites of Malacca and George Town but it, too, has a rich past and its fair share of old buildings. The town is located in the northwest of Johor, about 192km from Johor Baru and […]

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Ancient, traditional heartland

Ancient, traditional heartland

Fascinating 14th century roots, lovely architecture and a vibrant cultural heritage — ladies and gentlemen, we give you Muar. COULD Johor’s Muar be the next big tourist attraction after Malacca? Just 50km to the south, the town’s history is about as old as its more famous neighbour. As far back as 1361, it’s mentioned as […]

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Sounds of a bygone era

Sounds of a bygone era

There were three most happening streets in town during the 1950s through the 70s, where neon lights and music were the order of the day especially after nightfall. Jalan Shahbandar, the main street in Muar, Jalan Meriam and Jalan Ali used to be a hive of activity during the olden days. Artistic atmosphere The once […]

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History revisited in Muar

History revisited in Muar

THE 54th birthday celebration of His Royal Highness, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, on Nov 22 will be a historic one. Tuanku has chosen Muar as the venue for the event, recreating history some 117 years after his great-great-grandfather, Sultan Abu Bakar, celebrated the anniversary of the day of his ascension to the Johor throne on […]

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Record of Muar's heritage for posterity

Record of Muar’s heritage for posterity

By CHONG CHEE SEONG A book on the study of old buildings by undergraduates aims to preserve the small town’s rich architectural culture and tradition THIRTY-TWO Universiti Malaya (UM) and National University of Singapore (NUS) architecture undergraduates have immortalised Muar in a 208-page book entitled Muar: Tributaries and Transitions. The book is based on the […]

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100 years of Muar history

100 years of Muar history

Translated by WINNIE CHOOI MUAR, Johor — Chung Hwa High School in Muar, which is geared up to celebrate its 100th year in operation soon, is closely knit with the town’s Chinese community. In view of the advent of the school’s centennial celebration, Sin Chew Daily is looking back at the historical events within the […]

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A booming town with a fading past

A booming town with a fading past

Chong Chee Seong Liu Ni Seng, 57, is a businessman and an active community leader. BANDAR Maharani (literally Queen’s Town) in Muar is rapidly developing into a modern riverine city. It is located in an 8km coastal belt that is bathed by the Sungai Muar and the Straits of Malacca. Within the last 50 years, […]

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Muar History: High School Muar

Muar History: High School Muar

THE Sekolah Tinggi Muar building, located in Jalan Meriam, Muar, was built in 1914, but HSM only took possession of the building in 1915. The history of Sekolah Tinggi Muar, popularly known as High School Muar (HSM), can be traced back to 1902, when it was founded by C.P. Frois, who became the school’s first […]

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Bandar Maharani, a right royal town

Bandar Maharani, a right royal town

AS a Muarian, I felt very proud when HRH Sultan Ibrahim of Johor on Feb 6, 2012 proclaimed Bandar Maharani a royal town. The 128-year-old town looks rather tired, is too laid-back, and in dire need of a facelift. Sultan Ibrahim is passionate in preserving history and maintaining a clean and healthy environment in Johor. […]

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Why Muar is also known as Bandar Maharani?

Why Muar is also known as Bandar Maharani?

Maybe, most of people today do not know how Muar is called City of the Maharani and has become one of the most well known towns in Johore. Muar also used to be a state under the government of Johore. According to history, Muar used to be a small port since the time of Portuguese […]

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