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.
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.
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.
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.
In the beginning ... (sorry, just want to stage my birth here)
Many of my friends laugh their heads off when they found out I was born in a car, trapped in traffic jam, then the car broke down at the toll booth on a newly completed bridge of Muar, namely Sultan Ismail Bridge. Some even compare my birth like Jesus in the manger, and me on the bridge. Well, at least I have an extraordinary birth.
Oh! The car is messy beyond description. If you ever seen someone vomit in the car, mine was worse than those. Since the car was wet and dirty and broke down, my mum and I together with my grandma were transferred into a taxi and continue to rush to hospital that is just 1km away from my birth place.
Next day, when everything was settle and my grandma took a pack of ang-pow to the neighbor (the one with the car broke down at jammed toll booth) who drove us to Muar. He was telling my grandma that he strike number the same day he sends us to Muar hospital. Luckily he won digits, else he will dislike me for dirty his car for very long time.
Note: The pictures are taken recently (except the b/w one), and being used to show the birth place. If you ever stand by the Tanjung and looking towards the bridge and the new mosque, you can visualize I was born there long...long.....long....time ago.
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.
I schooled here for 2 weeks, 9 days to be exact. Technically, I can be considered as Maur-Hi drop out but I enrolled into higher learning education centre in Kuala Lumpur. I was booked by prefect** in Muar High School 7 days out of my 9 days study there with the records of late for classes. What do you expect from a student staying 25km away and rely on public transport to school.
Don't get me wrong, Muar High School is one of the best schools in State of Johor and reason why I stop going (I didn't quit my school actually, oh dear!!) was because I don't want to waste my life study our six form syllabus which is so irrelevant and inhuman (for me).
I really hate school prefect to the core. Who make them to book me for being late with my distance constraints and they themselves are late for classes in order to catch guys like us? Being in top classes all my life, almost half of my classmates are school perfects during primary and secondary school and they are just some kiasu teachers' pets.
Muar High School was established in 1904 and the majestic building built in 1915 is still standing. During the Second World War, the school was used as a Japanese concentration camp. Its alumni include national and state leaders, high-ranking government officials and industrialists, such as Tan Sri Osman Saat, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Dato Seri Abdul Ghani Othman, Dato Chua Jui Meng, Rahul Doraisamy, Sathesh Narayanan, Adam Tee, Victor Yeo, Senthil Doraisamy and Triptipal Singh.
fact extracted from wikipedia
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.
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.
Well, you must be thinking what is the big deal about the Muar High School and why am I writing something on it. In fact, the Muar High School is the first High School in Muar and the school building itself is very colonial. It is also one of the oldest school in Muar, being founded in 1902. Yes, is that old!!
I suggest you walk into the school to explore the buildings and architecture. However, please bear in mind that you need to seek permission at the guard post before you enter.
Muar High School is a premier school in Muar and for that matter, in Johor State. The Johor State Minister and some other successful personnel were educated there. Many kids from other districts also enrolled themselves into Muar High School due to its good reputation.
As the interesting buildings are all cluttered together in the same area, I passed by the Muar Supreme Court too. The architecture, again, is very colonial in a neo-classical style (notice the decor on the walls). It was built ages ago in 1885. I read that it used to be a guest house belonging to Sultan Abu Bakar.
Situated along Jalan Maharani (where the purple buildings are), the Royal Customs and Excise Building is also one of the architecturally colonial buildings in Muar. Once an important landmark in Muar, it was built in 1909.
One of the things that really attract visitors to this simple town are rows of well preserved pre-war buildings that still dominate the town's architecture. The age of most buildings can be easily identified since the dates of completion were cast on the buildings' exterior (middle top panel).
These buildings are the magnets, the drawing powers (together with the popular otak-otak) that drawn visitors to Muar and ones can easily recall the memories of the nostalgic yesteryears.
Also in the same area near the promenade and other colonial buildings, there is the Masjid (mosque) Jamek Muar. There are actually 2 Jamek mosques. This is the earlier one and the new one was opposite the other side of the river.
Actually, the first mosque was built in 1887 but later in the 1920s, the locals put forth a request to build this current mosque. And much later in 1999, the second Jamek mosque was built.