Gunung Ledang National Park lies just inside Johor’s border with Melaka state, about 30 km from the town of Muar.
The park surrounds the fabled Mount Ophir, now called Gunung Ledang (Mount Ledang).
Be that as it may, it is the highest mountain in Johor state and it’s accessible location, being only a couple of hours drive from both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, means that it is one of the most popular and frequently climbed mountains in Malaysia.
There are various legends pertaining to the mountain involving a magical princess, gold and silver deposits, the famous warrior Hang Tuah and more. It is regarded as a spiritual place. One of the reputed origins for the name Ophir is the Greek word meaning snake and some say the mountain is guarded by legions of snakes.
Once upon a time the wildlife at Gunung Ledang National Park was even more exotic. When Alfred Russel Wallace, the famous naturalist who discovered the boundary between the Oriental and Australian zoological regions (Wallace Line), visited Mount Ophir in 1854 he was so enchanted by the place that he spent a week there during which time he noted the presence of tigers, rhinoceros and elephants.