Masjid Jamek is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur. It is strategically located at the confluence of Klang River and Gombak River.
The word “Jamek” is borrowed from the Arabic word. The meaning is a place where people congregate to worship. Masjid Jamek is also referred to as “Friday Mosque” by the locals. However the official name for the mosque is Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad.
Masjid Jamek was officially opened the then Sultan Selangor Sultan Sir Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah in 1909. It was designed by A.B Hubback.He combined the element of Moorish, Indo-Saracenic and Mughal architectural style in his design.
There are three domes surrounding the prayer hall. The central dome is 70 feet high and is sandwiched by two other lower domes. It has two 88 feet tall minarets in the pattern of pink and white banding formed of brick and plaster. The stripes has been described as “blood and bandage”.
The visitors can visit the inside of the mosque and relax in its surrounding grounds and gardens outside prayer times. It is advisable to dress modestly. Visitors can also borrow robes and headscarves at the mosque’s entrance.
The mosque is accessible by public transportation. The nearest station is Masjid Jamek LRT station.
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Saturday – Thursday: 10.00 am – 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm.
Friday : close
Daily: 5.30 a.m – 9.30 p.m
There is no entrance fee, however donation and tipping are encouraged.
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Entrance to the mosque is free, though donations for its upkeep are welcomed. If, in the tropical heat, you’re insufficiently covered up, clothes are available to help you meet the dress code. My wife ended up in a red jilbab, which drew comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale when she posted pictures on Facebook.
I was so amazed with the interior since this is my first time to go inside the mosque. It has a beautiful architecture, and the place is so clean. Be quiet when you enter the prayer halls as some of Muslim are praying.
I was there last Wednesday and walk the ground again and saw its at close range. Since it was before prayer time it was easy to go and have a look at the nooks and corners of the place. I saw the floor area is well-kept and clean just like new. The whole floor area was of marbles and looks shining clean and cool to sit on.
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