Jamek Mosque Kuala Lumpur – KL’s oldest Islamic mosque
Jamek Mosque Kuala Lumpur, more commonly known as Masjid Jamek by the locals, is said to be one of the oldest Islamic mosque in KL. This famous place of worship was built in 1907 by the English architect, Arthur Benison Hubback and officially opened in 1909, and was ever since, the main mosque in Kuala Lumpur until 1965, before the national mosque was constructed.
The beautiful architecture of Jamek Mosque is actually built and designed around an Indo-Islamic, Mughal architectural style. From far, you can easily spot the mosque’s two minarets and three onion shaped domes. The largest dome being 21.3 meters high and the central prayer hall is situated just below the domes. The two tall brick minarets which are painted with red and white stripes are about twenty- five meters in height.
You should definitely visit this century old place of worship if you are interested in finding out more about the Islamic culture and religion, which you can read up on, at the Islamic Experience Centre. Non-Muslims can also come in to the mosque, except during prayer times, but please be respectful and dress modestly.
The latest attraction at the Jamek Mosque is the River of Life and Blue Pool Show which takes place in the evenings after sundown. The dancing symphony fountain along with the special lighting and fog effects, ends the visit to the mosque on a beautiful note.
The Jamek Mosque Kuala Lumpur is opened on all days (other than Fridays) from 8.30 am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm, but you can only visit after prayers times are over. The best way to reach here is by the LRT, and it is really convenient as there is a direct stop at Masjid Jamek station. Jamek Mosque is one of the oldest, yet most picturesque mosque in KL. You have to visit this beautiful temple when you are in KL!
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Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Thean Hou Temple
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