Mosques in Kuala Lumpur are breathtaking sights that also serve as places of worship for the local Muslim community, featuring unique architectural styles, expansive prayer halls, and picturesque surroundings. The majority of mosques in the city centre are inspired by Moorish, Islam and Mughal architectural styles, but you can also find plenty of modern and environmentally-friendly religious structures, most of which are accessible by train and car. If you’re a non-Muslim visitor and want to explore these landmarks, be sure to dress appropriately (some mosque even provide veils and robes to wear for free), remove your shoes before entering and take care not to disturb those who are praying in the vicinity. Whether you’re a travelling Muslim looking to fulfil your spiritual duties or a foreign traveller who’s curious about Islamic culture, check out our guide of Islamic landmarks in Kuala Lumpur.
Do’s and don’ts while visiting a mosque:
And to all non-Muslims who think they are not allowed to step into a mosque in Malaysia, well, it’s simply not true. You can certainly visit a mosque as long as you dress decently and it’s not during prayer times.
1. Dress appropriately. What might look good on you might not be comfortable for others. So remember to dress moderately.
2. The mosque is open from morning until night. You are welcome to stay and meet other Muslims and learn about the religion.
3. Do not walk or talk when someone is praying. If you must talk, please keep it to a minimum.
4. Remember to leave your shoes outside the mosque (on the rack provided). Wash your feet before going in.
5. Have a positive attitude and don’t forget to greet everyone.
The National Mosque of Malaysia
The National mosque of Malaysia is a favourite amongst locals and tourists due to the exquisite architecture. Its most outstanding feature is the umbrella-like roof which symbolises the yearning of an independent country. It also has a 73 metres high minarets and 16 pointed star concrete stamp on the roof of the mosque is simply magnificent to look at.
Don’t skip the reflective pool and fountains situated in the centre of the compound of KL National Mosque where you’ll get to see the reflections of the city’s skyscrapers.
It’s a must-visit attraction for both Muslim and non-Muslim tourists, included in any Malaysia travel guide. For the a complete KL sightseeing itinerary, check this blog post.
How to get here: Easiest way is via a taxi. For cheaper alternativetake the RapidKL bus (B101 and B112) and get off at the Dayabumi Complex. From there walk to the mosque. There is also a GoKL free bus stop. If you’re going to take the KTM, stop at the Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.
Visiting hours: Mon – Sun: 9AM-12PM, 3pm-4pm, 5.30pm-6.30pm; Friday: 3PM-4PM, 5.30PM-6.30PM
Best angle for pictures: From the entrance of the compound
Masjid JAmek Mosque
Masjid Jamek is known as the Friday Mosque. The mosque was built in the year of 1907 but was officially opened by the Sultan of Selangor two years later. One interesting fact about the mosque besides being the oldest one in town is that it was built on the first Malay Burial Ground in Kuala Lumpur. The architecture of the mosque is a combination of Moorish, Islam and Magul. It was designed by the architectural assistant of the Public Work and Survey Department, with the name of Arthur Benison Hubbock. The mosque provides a sense of tranquility and serenity as there are pal trees around, not to mention the nearby rivers.
There are a total of three domes surrounding the prayer hall. The central dome is as high as 70 ft and is defined by two other lower domes and there are two high minarets in red and white stripes at the corners which measured around 88 ft tall. The mosque is always packed with devotees and also tourists. This is definitely a must visit place to appreciate the ancient architecture with a combination design of different cultures. It may not be something special to Muslims but for all other religions, this is indeed a place worth a visit.
There are a few nearby tourist attractions such as the Central Market, China Town and Little India. What makes it best is that they are all in walking distance. Not only you can save the cab fees, but also you can experience the hospitality of Malaysians and enjoy the beautiful surrounding.
Opening Hours: Sat – Thu 08:30 – 12:30 & 14:30 – 16:30
Location: Masjid Jamek is located in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and is the oldest mosque standing in that very state. It is situated at the confluence of Klang River and Gombak River. Its exact location is at Jalan Melayu/India.
How to get there
To get to the mosque, firstly, you need to take the KL-Monorail to Hang Tuah Station. There, transfer to the Star LRT and you will reach the Masjid Jamek Station which situated a stone’s away from the mosque. or you can catch the free bus start from KL Sentral ” Red Bus ” bellow is Go KL free bus map round – you can even go to KLCC – Twin Tower =))
Federal Territory Mosque Kuala Lumpur
Recently, I was invited by my supper cool friend Eddie Chua – to take picture of moring sunrice here in very calm mosque one of Malaysia’s well-known mosques, the Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan (Federal Territory Mosque), better known as Masjid Wilayah.
The prayer hall, which can house 17,000 people at a time, has significant Islamic designs and features. The mehrab (a semi-circular wall that indicates the direction of Mecca or qibla) has inlays of semi-precious stones embedded into carved marble. It was skillfully crafted by the descendants of artisans who built the Taj Mahal.
As I look up on internet , I am mesmerised by the turquoise-glazed tiles which cover all 22 domes. Inspired by the Sultan Ahmet Mosque in Istanbul and the Masjid Imam of Isfahan; the overall design, when viewed from below, has a very humbling effect.
Location: Jalan Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, Kompleks Kerajaan, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Daily
How to Reach there: The mosque is a five-minute drive from landmarks such as the MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre, the National Palace and Solaris Dutamas commercial district. Or catch bus 819 in KL sentral which is 4 stops from to MRT Pusat Bandar Damansara, Pintu B then wait 11 stops to Publika Shopping Gallery – Check travel map here
Blue Mosque Selangor
The mosque’s dome is the most distinctive feature, large in blue and silver colour and measuring 51.2 meters in diameter and penetrates to a height of 106.7 metres. Surrounding the grand dome are 4 minarets, each at a height of 142.3 metres, some of the world’s tallest. Upon a closer look, visitors will find the intricate design within the halls to be deeply rooted in Islamic origins. On some parts of the mosque’s wall and inner curve of the dome is Arabic calligraphy, made by the famed Sheikh Abdel Moneim Mohamed Ali El Shakawi. The inner part of the dome hangs a beautiful chandelier that illuminates the prayer hall, while hallways are tiled with marble. There are several etiquettes that visitors must observe within the mosque. Men and women are to be fully clothed while women are to wear head-scarves. Visitors are to communicate softly so as to not disturb worshippers from prayers.
The Blue Mosque is a work of wonder and the grandeur must not be missed by visitors to Malaysia.
Opening hour and entrance fee
There is no entrance fee required to visit the Shah Alam Blue Mosque.
Visiting hour for guided tour in Shah Alam Blue Mosque:
Monday to Sunday (morning session) – 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6.30pm
Friday (morning session) – 9am to 12pm
Friday (afternoon session) – 3pm to 6.30pm
How to get there
The Blue Mosque is located in Shah Alam, at the end of Persiaran Masjid, adjacent to the roundabout of Setia Jasa. It is about 40 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre. The mosque can be easily accessible via taxi.
Putra Mosque Putrajaya
Putra Mosque Putrajaya, or Pink Mosque, is one of the most stunning contemporary mosques in the world. Facing the scenic Putrajaya Lake, the mosque is heavily inspired by the Persian Islamic architecture of the Safavid period, with rose-tinted granite and elements derived from Malaysian, Persian and Arab-Islamic designs. One of the mosque’s design highlights is its 116-metre minaret with five tiers representing the Five Pillars of Islam.
How to get here: Take KLIA transit train from KL Sentral to Putrajaya; from Putrajaya Station, take a taxi or bus.
Visiting Hours: Mon – Thu: 9am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm, 5.30pm-6pm; Friday: 3pm-4pm, 5.30pm-6pm
Best angle for a picture: From across Putrajaya lake
Iron Mosque Putrajaya
Iron Mosque Putrajaya is an innovative display of architectural wire mesh, glass-enforced concrete and polished steel. Officially called the Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, its massive prayer hall can fit up to 24,000 people at a time and offers expansive views of Putrajaya Lake. One of its most impressing features is the 13-metre-tall mihrab (prayer niche) wall inscribed with verses of the Koran. Set along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the Iron Mosque is a 10-minute drive from Putra Mosque
Opening Hours: Daily
Location: Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Presint 3, Putrajaya –
From Sentral / KLIA
- Take the Express Rail Link (ERL) train:
- First service: 5:30 AM / Last service: 12:00 AM
- Fare: RM 6.20-9.50
- Frequency: every half an hour (peak hours) every hour (off peak hours)
- Estimated traveling time: 20 minutes
Melaka Straits mosque, Malacca
Located at the historical city of Melaka, Melaka Straits is referred as the floating mosque as it is built on stilts above the sea and when the water level is high, the mosque appears to float.
The exterior part of the mosque is decorated with stained glass windows of different shades that glow in the sun with Islamic motifs written all over the building. At night, the mosque functions as a lighthouse, which acts as a guide for local fishermen boats.
Since Melaka is only a two hour car trip from Kuala Lumpur, you have more than enough time to explore other Melaka attractions. We recommend that afterwards you head to Stadthuys to see Southeast Asia’s oldest Dutch building andA’Famosa Fort to discover the oldest surviving Portuguese architectural remains. At night, check the city’s exuberant night market for great food and souvenirs.
How to get here: 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur, or take bus from KL Sentral to Melaka. From Melaka city centre, take Melaka town Bus no.17.
Visiting hours: Non-Muslims are permitted to visit outside of prayer times
Best angle for pictures: At the entrance of the mosque and the minaret
Ubudiah Royal Mosque, Perak
Known as the Royal town of Perak, Kuala Kangsar is full of architectural wonders and was the first place where the British established control of peninsular Malaysia.
You can spot this mosque from afar due to its striking golden dome and minarets. The octagonal shaped mosque is influenced by Indo-Saracenic architecture and has a mesmerising interior will leave you in awe.
Ubudiah mosque was built on the orders of the 28th Sultan of Perak Sultan Idris Murshidul Adzam Shah I who vowed that he’d build a beautiful mosque as a gratitude to locals after his recovery from an illness.
Whilst you’re there, check out their city’s historical clock tower and take a refreshing cruise of Kangsar river.
Location: Kuala Kangsar, https://goo.gl/maps/gH8ZduKTJYD2
How to get here: 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur, or you can take ETS train to Kuala Kangsar. From the station, take taxi.
Visiting hours: Daily 9am-12pm, 3pm-4pm, 5.30pm-6pm
Best angle for pictures: From the entrance gate
Crystal mosque, Terengganu
Made from steel, glass and crystal, Crystal mosque was built on stilts above the lake to get that floating appearance in 2008, it was opened by the by 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu. Although the mosque design is modern and sleek, it also has elements of Moorish and Gothic styles. Crystal mosque can accommodate 1,500 worshippers at a time.
Visit the mosque at night when the colours of dome and minarets change to pink, green, yellow and blue making it a pretty sight and this mosque – a must visit attraction in Kuala Terengganu.
Kuala Terengganu is also referred to as a fisherman village due to its clear blue river where many go to fish; many people visit the city due to its peaceful aura. If you visit the city, hopt next to the Perhentian islands to scuba dive, swim, snorkel and relax!,
Location: Kuala Terengganu,https://goo.gl/maps/FeJNWkVWPhn
How to get here: 4 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur, or you can take bus from KL Sentral to Kuala Terengganu Station. From the station, take taxi.
Visiting hours: Mon to Sun: 10am-7pm; Friday prayer: 11.30am-2.30pm; Public holidays: 9am-7pm
Best angle for pictures: From the entrance gate at night
Will you be visiting these mesmerising mosques in Malaysia?
Staying in Kuala Lumpur for a few days? If so, check out 2 day Kuala Lumpur post
It was a good experience visiting Mosques. I was glad I did it! But there was another awesome places that i wanted to visit. It’s located nearby and curiously called Backpacking Malaysia: Cost, Tips. That will be in another post, so stay tuned.