Masjid Negara: Kuala Lumpur’s National Mosque
Planning a visit to Kuala Lumpur? Add Masjid Negara to your plans!
I haven’t written much about Kuala Lumpur but it was a real surprise gem for me. While I was in Kuala Lumpur I visited Masjid Negara, the national mosque and recommend other travelers to visit.
I went on a last-minute whim to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Cambodia in May of 2011 during my round the world trip. I had no plans to go but I got sick while visiting the temples and needed a new environment. I packed up my things in Siem Reap and headed to the airport. I fulfilled my fantasy of going to the airport and buying a ticket at the counter without any prior plans.
I asked the desk agent which was the cheapest and earliest departure out of Siem Reap. She said Kuala Lumpur via Air Asia. That settled it for me. I paid for my ticket and waited for my flight. Luckily for me, there was free wi-fi at the Siem Reap airport and I was able to book a couple of nights at a hostel in central Kuala Lumpur while I was waiting. I contacted my brother’s friend Barry and a couple of travel friends who are based in Kuala Lumpur as well. I was set for a few days at least.
When I was in Kuala Lumpur, I went to visit Masjid Negara or the Central Mosque. Approximately 65% of Malaysia’s population is Muslim. It is situated on 13 acres of beautiful gardens and the original structure was built in 1965 and designed by a team of one British and 2 Malaysian architects. The mosque is quite modern in style, has a 73-meter high minaret and a 16 pointed star concrete main roof. There are reflecting pools and fountains throughout the compound as seen in some of my photos below.
When you go to a mosque, like most places of worship, you have to be appropriately dressed. I was well aware of this and even though it was about 40 Celsius/104 Fahrenheit and very humid, I wore long pants, covered my shoulders, and brought a scarf to cover my head and neck with. If you don’t, you have to wear the purple smurf outfits. See below!
Now for photos from my visit to Masjid Negara!
I was not amused by the intense heat
Inside the mosque, we could not enter as we were not worshipping
Purple smurf outfits for those inappropriately dressed
Reflecting pools at Masjid Negara
I loved this patterned wall at Masjid Negara
Do you have a place where you had no plans to go to that you really enamored with? I only spent a few days in Kuala Lumpur but I really want to go back explore more of Malaysia. I enjoyed my visit to Masjid Negara and recommend a visit as well as to the Islamic Museum next door.