The National Mosque of Malaysia is the most prominent mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is the nationwide symbol of Islam and the country’s independence. It can accommodates 15,000 people.
It is located near the Perdana Botanical Garden, almost 200 metres towards the end of Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin.
The mosque is built based on unique modern design inspired by Mecca’s Masjid al-Haram. Its key features are a 74-metre-high minaret and a 18-pointed star concrete main roof. The main roof is made to look like an open umbrella while the minaret looks like the folded one. I has one main prayer hall called The Grand Hall. The verses from the Koran can be seen decorating the walls.
The stunning outdoor gardens with white marble pools and fountains are spread throughout the compound. Near the mosque is the Makam Pahlawan, a burial ground of several Malaysian Muslim leaders including the crypt of Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia’s second prime minister.
The visitors are welcome to visit outside prayer times. robes and headscarves are available for those who are not dressed appropriately.
Masjid negara is accessible by public transportation. The nearest station is Kuala Lumpur KTM Komuter Station.
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Saturday – Thursday: 9.00 a.m – 12.00 p.m, 3.00 p.m – 4.00 p.m, 5.30 p.m – 6.30 p.m
Friday: 3.00 p.m – 5.30 p.m – 6.30 p.m
No entrance fee.
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Never regret money spent on travel and new experiences. This is exactly what’s on my mind when I visited Masjid Negara – Malaysia’s national mosque right at the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It was also my first time to visit a mosque and experienced walking barefoot while appreciating Islamic architecture and geometric patterns dominating the holy place – another check on my bucket list!
I was surprised by how relaxed the general atmosphere was. The mosque is clearly a place of worship, but it also serves many other purposes as well. Groups of friends were sitting inside the prayer room talking amongst themselves, laughing and hanging out, which I didn’t expect at all. I guess the mosque environment I had envisioned would reflect the dress code– strict. But that wasn’t the case at all.
While this mosque isn’t as ornate as other mosques around the world, Masjid Negara is quite beautiful. The architecture and design are open and inviting. We really enjoyed wandering the halls and seeing the different areas.