Batu Pahat town (Bandar Penggaram or BP;) is a town located on the northwest coast of the state of Johor, Malaysia within a district of the same name. It lies south-east of Muar, south-west of Kluang, north-west of Pontian and south of Segamat. As of 2009, Batu Pahat is the 20th largest urban area in Malaysia in terms of population. In 2006, Batu Pahat surpassed Muar to become the second largest urban area in Johor and by 2012, Batu Pahat is the 16th largest urban area in Malaysia in terms of population.
Batu Pahat has developed rapidly over the past few years, its growth encouraged by people from neighbouring townships who come to visit the local shopping centres. Nowadays, Batu Pahat enjoy the name of "Northern Johor Shopping Paradise" due to the rapid development of those shopping malls and hypermarkets.
Batu Pahat is famous for its local delicacies and textile industry. Once regarded as the "Little Paris" of Malaysia, Batu Pahat was famed for its "red-light town" reputation in the 1960s and the 1970s. However, the efforts of the state government in cleaning up the town in the 1980s succeeded and now there are only one or two bars of such kind left in town now, like Tiong Ah Bar, the oldest bar in town.
Notable local attraction include:
The Batu Pahat town square (Dataran Penggaram,大草坡) was renovated in the 1990s on the occasion of the town's centennial celebration. Sitting right in the middle of the square is the landmark, which depicts a floating hand chiselling a rock. Common activities in the square such as children playing with balloons, remote-control cars and kite-flying can be seen during weekend nights. Surrounding the square are some old government offices.
BP Walk (峇株星光大道), located at Jalan Rahmat (大马路), is also a famous place for townfolks and there are quite a number of stalls selling the food along the walk.
Tasik Y, a abandon tin mining lake in the past and now become the green lung in Batu Pahat town, near Taman Soga.
Lover Bridge (情人桥), famous for couples and for those who like to fishing which located in Segenting
, 8 km away from town.
Pantai Minyak Beku, a historical site in Batu Pahat which is 10 km away from town. One of the historical site is Perigi Batu Pahat (Batu Pahat well).
Batu Pahat Mall (BP Mall)
Æon Big Batu Pahat (previously known as Carrefour Batu Pahat)
Square One Shopping Mall
The Summit Shopping Mall
Æon Jusco Mall (Purchased 20 acres land at Pura Kencana,Sri Gading
Street Murals and Arts:
Since year 2013, the trend of street murals and art are growing rapidly by the effort of local authority (MPBP), NGO SAM BP, NGO JCI BPE and the general public. All units have the same aim, which is to make Batu Pahat as an artistic and cultural city, or in Bahasa Melayu: "Batu Pahat: Bandaraya Aneka Budaya, Lukisan Mural dan Seniman".
Those street murals and art which are available in town are:
1. Minion Obstacle Posts (小黄人柱)
2. Sister and Brother Ride Bicycle (姐弟共騎)
3. Aunty Picks Herbal Leaves (阿姨採涼菜葉)
4. A Girl Posts A Letter (女生寄信)
5. Go Green MPBP (綠化峇株吧轄市議會)
6. Grape Aroma (葡萄扑鼻香)
7. The Journey (一路有你，守護老街)
8. Reborn (老樹翻新)
9. BP Creative Cartoon Bus Stop (峇株吧轄創意卡通候車亭)
10. Dataran Penggaram Graffiti Art Wall (大草坡塗鴉藝術牆)
Batu Pahat is served by local and intercity land transport, both locally and intercity. There are:
Terminal Bus (Serving express bus, local as well as intercity bus. Besides, taxi also available at the terminal)
Ferry Terminal (A new ferry terminal is located at Minyak Beku, servicing the Indonesia
ports of Tanjung Balai, Bangkalis and Batam)
High-speed rail (A proposed plan to set up the interchange station in Batu Pahat)
Batu Pahat town links with some major trunk roads to outlying suburbs or the other towns.
Jalan Kluang (connecting with Batu Pahat Mall, Sri Gading, Pura Kencana, UTHM, Parit Raja, Ayer Hitam, Kluang)
Jalan Tanjung Labuh (connecting with Senggarang, Rengit
Jalan Bakau Condong (connecting from the T-junction of Jalan Kluang and across Sungai Batu Pahat toward Peserai)
Jalan Bukit Pasir (connecting with Taman Bukit Pasir, Tongkang Pechah, Yong Peng
Jalan Tan Swee Hoe (connecting with Taman Setia Jaya 2, Taman Flora Utama
, Carrefour Batu Pahat, Square One Shopping Mall)
Jalan Peserai (connecting from Sungai Batu Pahat towards Semerah, Muar, Melaka)
Nature and wildlife:
Batu Pahat is a sanctuary for the endangered Lesser Adjutant Stork (Leptoptilos javanicus). Known locally as burung botak or bald bird, this migratory bird belongs to the ciconidae family. The current population in Peninsular Malaysia is estimated to be less than 250. These giant birds, which can be as tall as a man, have attracted many curious residents and nature lovers to Taman Parit Labis
in the evenings for bird-watching sessions. The housing estate, which is sandwiched between a rapidly developing town and the fringe of a secondary forest, has now become the best viewing spot for the bird.