The promenade along the Muar River is on the right when you get into Muar via the Muar Bridge. It is quite a new place. Very shady. There are food stalls and lots of benches for you to just sit there and relax under the big trees.
Kite-flying is a popular activity during weekends. Well, you will see many kites on trees. They somehow serve as nice decorations.
The town's clock tower is there too; though the clock is usually not working. There is also an old train from the past Muar Railway. It was a private railway long long time ago and it served only the Muar district. Operations of the railway was shut down eventually due to irrelevancy and unforeseen circumstances.
Back in the old days, Muar used ferry services to get across Muar river which connects Tangga Batu to Tanjung Agas since 1884. In 1967, the Muar's Sultan Ismail Bridge replaced the ferry service. This bridge was officially opened in 15th April 1967. It is being used until today.
This birdge is quite a prominent structure. It looks old and retro.
In the evening and night, you will see locals fishing on the bridge.
Check out this old-school barber shop... isn't it great!! I have more photos in my travelogue below... the barbers were still the classic old uncles and the shops were furnished in the same style as they were since the early 1900s!
Definitely take yr time wandering the streets off Muar.. drive around for a bit and stop at the streets which take yr fancy if you're short of time. Sample some local street vendor fare. Look into great food markets and interesting shops filled with character.
All around town, u'll discover great old-time buildings well preserved or restored and freshened up with solid pretty colours... one street the buildings will be yellow... one street they'll be pink... another street they'll be blue... nice!!
The Muar river bank around the area of the town's taxi station is also known as Medan Bentayan (Fort of Bentayan) - said to be the last fotress of the Melaka Sultanate before it falls to the Portuguese in 1511.
Another historical building in the Muar town area, the Bangunan Sultan Abu Bakar was constructed in the 19th century with great influence of the English style architecture. The building most striking feature is undoubtedly its grand staircase - a uniqe feature that is not available in other buildings here. The state emblem was also carved in the building's facade overlooking the staircase.
The building used to house various departments and offices ever since the colonial days and currently the district land office is located here. Right in front of the building are the Muar Court House and Muar English school, two other historical buildings in the town.
The Masjid Sultan Ibrahim is one of the most beautiful building in Muar. This historical mosque was built in 1927 and officially opened on 1930 by the then Tengku Mahkota of Johor (Crown Prince) - Tengku Ismail.
Built at a time when Malaya was under the British rule, it is not suprising then that this mosque has the unique distinction of having an architectural design very much influenced by the British. It's eye-catching four-storey minaret is located at the back of the mosque. The roof of the mosque's main building still has its original clay tiles but they are blocked from sight by a high brick wall.
This mosque has become the main mosque for the town of Muar for decades and one of the town's most recogniseable landmark.
The Masjid Sultan Ibrahim 2 is a replica of the Masjid Sultan Ibrahim. It is located in Tanjung Agas, across the Muar river almost diganolly opposite the Masjid Sultan Ibrahim in Muar town. Its architecture and splendour is somewhat similar to that of the old Masjid Sultan Ibrahim.
Jambatan Sultan Ismail is the main gateway to the town of Muar that connects both side of the Muar River. The bridge was officially opened on 15 April 1967, linking Muar town and Tanjung Agas residential and industrial area in the other side of the river.
It is no doubt that this bridge catalyst development for the town. However, due to heavy traffic and congestion, a new bridge is currently under construction that will by pass the town area to avoid further congestion in the town.