Masjid Jamek Mosque is a Wonderful Refuge from the Busy City

Masjid Jamek Mosque is a wonderful refuge from the topsy-turvy streets of Kuala Lumpur. The traffic outside this Islamic place of worship can be unbearable, but once you’re inside, the chaos seems so far away.

Masjid Jamek Mosque Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The locals call it as Friday Mosque.

Friday Mosque, as the locals call it, is right in the heart of the city. Surrounded by tall buildings, the mosque and its towering minarets stand out nonetheless. I have to say though that the surrounding skyscrapers don’t really blend well with the beauty of the mosque.

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It’s right in the middle of where Kuala Lumpur was born.

Free Admission

Yes, the admission is free. However, when it’s time for prayer, non-muslim visitors are not allowed to enter. I went there at 12:30 PM, but I was told to go back at 2:00 when it opens. Instead of exploring around under the searing heat of the sun, I went to a nearby fast-food restaurant for lunch.

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It was once the National Mosque of Malaysia.

Wear your sarong

Both men and women with exposed legs should wear a sarong that can be borrowed at the gate. Though it’s free, a donation box is visible on the table for you to donate whatever you can. You have to wear your sarong at all times once inside the masjid. You are allowed to take photographs in the prayer rooms, but flash is prohibited. And out of respect, ask permission when your camera is pointing to a specific person or group of worshippers.

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If you don’t want to borrow a sarong, you can bring and use your own.

Short History of Masjid Jamek Mosque

The mosque was built in 1909 and was declared as a National Mosque in 1965 – until a new one was erected. However, the mosque remains an important place of worship for its history, architecture and strategic location in downtown Kuala Lumpur. It is the city’s oldest mosque designed by a British architect Arthur Hubback.

Masjid Jamek Mosque Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Its Architecture

The first time I laid my eyes on Masjid Jamek, I knew I’ve seen it somewhere. As I circled the mosque, I figured out that its architectural style is a blend of Mughal, Moorish, and Islam.

Masjid Jamek Mosque Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Masjid Jamek Mosque (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

I’ve seen some parts of its design in Jama Masjid in India, in Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, and Morocco and in Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech in Morocco.

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Things to do in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

As you can see, the mosque has three white domes. The largest of which measures 21.3 meters.

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The three white domes.

Under the tallest dome, you will find the main prayer hall.

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The main prayer hall.

There are two minarets, one is taller than the other.

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The mosque has a Mughal, Islamic, and Moorish architectural influences.

Both minarets are coated in pink and white stripes.

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The locals call this mosque at Friday Mosque (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

I think you will appreciate the beauty of the mosque from afar.

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Masjid Jamek Mosque is a Wonderful Refuge from the Busy City (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

If you have the chance, go to the back of the mosque and across the river.

Masjid Jamek Mosque Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Masjid Jamek Mosque is a Wonderful Refuge from the Busy City (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

Find the bridge because the views from here are breathtaking – especially when the smoke from somewhere comes out.

Masjid Jamek Mosque Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Masjid Jamek Mosque is a Wonderful Refuge from the Busy City (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

Hotel in Kuala Lumpur with a Sky Pool Overlooking KL’s Skyline

I stayed at Expressionz Suites by V&C near downtown Kuala Lumpur. I wrote a request to the hotel staff to give me a room with views of the city. And yay, I got what I wanted! I could see the city’s skyline right from my bed. My suite is clean and it has its own washing machine! The breakfast was good – offering both Malaysian and western food. But most of all, the main hotel amenity that everyone wants to check out is the Sky Pool! You won’t regret looking at the fantastic views here while in your wet swimwear. 😉

Read my full review of Expressionz Hotel here.

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