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Batu Pahat means "chiselled rock" in the Malay language. The origin of this name can be traced back to a legend in the 15th century; when the invading Siamese troops, led by Admiral Awi Di Chu were chiselling rocks at a rocky spot in the coastal village of Kampung Minyak Beku, in hope of getting fresh water during their retreat. Another legend is that after capturing Melaka in 1511, the Portuguese built the "A Famosa" fortress of granite rocks taken from the mouth of Sungei Batu Pahat. The eyes of man are connected to the mouths, hands and to the minds which in turn give rise to oral traditions ........ the name of Batu Pahat as "much rock-chiselling activities going on in a place and much chiselled rocks around" is likely to be so as seen by the eyes of that time!
Batu Pahat is also the site of multiple religions with many temples, mosques and churches with a small area. Major religions are Islam, Buddhism, Christian, Taoism, Hindu and Confucianism. There are two major mosques in Batu Pahat: Masjid Jamek (located at Jalan Ampuan) and Masjid Batu Pahat (located at Jalan Kluang) and over 400 Chinese temples, a reflection of its multi-religious presence and harmony of the religious elements from the Piscean Age. Some of these Chinese temples are beautifully renovated and thus have also become a tourist attraction. Many tourists, especially from Singapore, visit these temples and this has become part of the income for the locals. A unique Chinese temple located at Bukit Pasir is the Jian Nan Temple, others Chinese cultural attractions are the temples in Minyak Beku and near the pantai area.
Foods are abundant and cheap!