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Muar (town)

 

 

 

 

Flag of Muar 麻坡 (Bandar Maharani, Bandar Diraja)
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Official seal of Muar 麻坡 (Bandar Maharani, Bandar Diraja)
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Motto: "Cekap Amanah Dinamik Makmur"  (Malay)
"Efficient Trustworthy Dynamic Prosperous"
Muar 麻坡 (Bandar Maharani, Bandar Diraja) is located in Peninsular Malaysia


 

 

 

 

 

Muar, also known as Bandar Maharani is the royal city and fourth largest city (after Johor Bahru, Batu Pahat and Kluang, the capital) of the state of Johor, Malaysia, geopolitically situated in Muar District in the region or area of Muar in northwestern Johor, Malaysia. It is the main and biggest town of the bigger entity region or area of the same name, Muar which is sub-divided into the Muar district and the newLedang district, which was upgraded into a full-fledged district from the Tangkak sub-district earlier. Muar district as the only district covering the whole area formerly borders Malacca in the northern part. Upon the upgrading of Ledang district, the Muar district now covers only the area south of Sungai Muar, whilst the northern area beyond the river is in within Ledang district. However, both divided administrative districts are still collectively and fondly called and referred to as the region or area of Muar as a whole by their residents and outsiders.

 

 

 

 

 

Historical places


  • Balai Polis Bukit Kepong - This police station at Bukit Kepong with a history museum is famous for the brutal attack by the notorious communist terrorists on 23 February 1950 in theBukit Kepong Incident during the Malayan Emergency period.
  • Kubu Bentayan - The last fortress of the retreating last Malacca Sultanate's Sultan Mahmud Shah before it falls during the attack of the Portuguese in the 15th century situated at mouth the Sungai Bentayan, the Bentayan Express Bus Station (formerly Pagoh Bus Stand) location now. Another fortress but built by the Portuguese later, Fortaleza de Muar was also believed to be situated at the same area.
  • Makam Panglima Lidah Hitam, Parit Sakai - The grave of a legendary Malay warrior Panglima Lidah Hitam (the Black Tongue Warrior) or Baginda Zahiruddin from Padang Pariaman,Minangkabau, Sumatera, Indonesia; the founder Silat Lintau, whose tongues was black in colour when he died and buried in Parit Sakai Laut, Jalan Junid, Muar.
  • Makam Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah I, Kampung Raja, Pagoh - The tomb of Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah I, 7th Sultan of Malacca Sultanate from 1477 to 1488 is located at Kampung Raja, Ulu Pagoh.
  • Tapak Sejarah Kota Buruk, Jorak - The Kota Buruk fortress historical site located at Tanjung Selabu, Jorak, Bukit Pasir, Pagoh, Muar is where the founder of the Malacca Sultanate, Parameswara, stayed for more than 10 years upon his exile from Temasik before proceeding to open Malacca. It is said another historic fort 'Biawak Busuk', opened by Parameswara, is also located just nearby.

 

 

 

 

 

Food and cuisine

 


Local Malay foods such Mee Bandung, Rojak Petis, Satay and Asam Pedas are the signature cuisine of Muar. Javanese cuisine such as Soto, Mee Rebus, Lontong and Nasi Ambeng are also available. Dessert includes goreng pisang (fried banana) and goreng tempeh (fried Javanese fermented soya bean cake) with thick soya sauce with hot chili deeping. The local version of Nasi Beriani Gam is also available. Ikan bakar are local grilled fish and accompanied by sea foods such as prawn, squid, crab, mussel, and clams are eaten with banana leaf wrappedNasi Lemak. They are available at Medan Ikan Bakar Sabak Awor, Jalan Bakariah and Medan Ikan Bakar Parit Karang, Kesang. Mee Siput; a local delicious snack eaten with sambal, local chili paste condiment is only available in Muar. Johor Laksa is another delicious local food.

 


Otak-Otak at Jalan Haji Abu

Muar is also famous for many Chinese foods like the Muar Otak-otak (乌达), Teochew Or-Luak/Or-Chien(Fried Oyster omelette), Hainanese Steamed Chicken Rice ball, Muar Char Kway Teow (fried kueh teow with clam), Hokkien Char Hae Mee (Fried Prawn Mee), Cantonese Wonton Mee, Muar Char Siew Perng (Red Roasted Meat Rice), Teochew Lo-Ak-Perng (Braised Duck Rice), Teochew Mee Pok(Fish Ball Thin Noodle), Teochew Her-Moi(Fish Soup Porridge), Teochew Kueh-Chap (Big Pieces Flat Kueh Teow in Soup with Braised Meat, Offal, Egg and Bean Curd), Teochew Chwee Kueh (cup shaped steamed rice flour cakes topped with chopped preserved/salted radish), Teochew Chai Tao Kueh (fried raddish cake), Cantonese Chok (Congee), Simpang Jeram's Loy Her Bee Hoon (haruan/snake head fish vermicelli soup), Bak Kut Teh (herbal pork ribs soup), Teochew Ter Chap Cheng Therng(Pig's organ soup), Curry Laksa, Hakka Yong Tau Foo (Stuffed Bean Curds variety), Chee Cheong Fun, Mi/Bang Chien Kueh (Kuih Apam Balik Cina) etc. are must-try local Chinese delicacies for visitors. Foods centres can be found at Muar Bus Station (Malay), Tanjung Emas (Mixed), Jalan Bentayan's Bentayan Hawker Centre(Chinese) and Jalan Haji Abu (Chinese), famously known as "T'am Cjia Kuay" (贪吃街) literally"the glutton voracious eating street" by the Chinese befitting its reputation as the food haven of the town. There are also a few Chinese restaurants serving nice Pau and Dimsum (Chinese bun and dumpling) for breakfast.

There are also many Chinese restaurants and Malay food stalls offering variety of local cuisine on their menus. On different days of the week there are Pasar Malam or night markets and Pasar Tani selling many local foods at different locations of the town. Famous local Chinese festival delicacies like Thong Chiew Guek Peah - Mooncakes and Nian Bing - New Year Biscuit, also other popular delicacies like Lou Poh Paeng - Wife Cakes, Tao Sah Peah - Bean Paste Biscuit, Heong Peah are available at the Yong Sheng Gift Shop. Besides, Muar Yuen Chen Siang shop is famous for their Bak Kua-Barbecued Pork.

Indian cuisine such as Banana Leaf Rice, Nasi KandarMee RojakRojak MamakPutumayam, variety of bread like Roti CanaiRoti TelurRoti SardinRoti PrataRoti JalaToseiRoti NanMurtabakKebab with their superb Indian curry and dal gravy; great soups like Sup KambingSup Tulang and Sup Ekor; and not forgetting refreshing cold dessert; Ice Shaved Cendolwith thick coconut milk and coconut brown sugar and Teh Tarik at some Indian foods stalls and restaurants.

Muar is popular for its Sirap Bandung (rose syrup with milk with optional soda and cincau) beverage which is normally served during Malay wedding reception, but also easily available at most Malay food stalls and restaurant. Pear Juice sold at the fruit stalls at Jalan Yahya have a unique taste compared to pear juice from other areas.

Visiting some restaurants and coffee shops in Muar would give nostalgic experience since the environment and food/beverage being served have not changed since the '60s and '70s. Coffee bean and powder of Muar is famous among the locals and tourists. A standard breakfast includes a cup Muar coffee, the butter and kaya spread roti bakar (bread toast) and half-boiled egg.

  • Otak-otak Muar.

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  • Fried Oyster Omelette.

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  • Grilled Fish.

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  • Chicken Rice Ball.

 

 

 

 

 

Entertainment


  • Ramlah Ram, Nash (Jamaluddin Alias), Zainal Alam Kadir a k a Mr Universe (Ghani’s cousin), TRO Group, Jaafar Onn, Famous singer/celebrity.
  • Yasmin Ahmad, esteemed Malaysian Filmmaker/Producer/Director
  • Nurul Hana Che Mahazan or Nana (deejay), of Era.fm/XFM radio station, former student and finalist of Akademi Fantasia AF1 reality show.
  • Wayne Chua Poi Suan (Cai Peixuan) (蔡佩璇) a finalist in the Singapore's Mediacorp Star Search 2003 before acting in drama serial The Golden Path 黄金路 (2008).
  • Namewee(黄明志), controversial rapper who made headlines when he composed and sang the song Negarakuku, which is based from the Malaysian national anthem, Negaraku.

 

 

 

Gallery

 


  • Scene of Muar Riverbank from Sultan Ismail Bridge.

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  • Muar River mouth. Mosque at right side of river bank is Sultan Ismail Jamek 2 Mosque.

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  • Muar River view.

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  • Muar Jalan Haji Abu Hawker Centre.

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  • Muar Jalan Bentayan Hawker Centre.

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  • Muar Jalan Arab/Haji Abu old shops.

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  • Jalan Ali.

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  • Muar Jalan Abdullah Street View.

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  • Hentian Maharani Bus Station, Muar.

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  • Pasar Awam Bandar Maharani.

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  • Chiang Chuan Ass., one of the unique buildings in the town centre.

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  • Muar Teochew Association Building.

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  • Eng Choon, Hokkien Association Building.

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  • Nan Hai Fei Lai Goddess of Mercy Temple, Muar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muar_%28town%29

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