National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)
Beside the Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s National Mosque (Masjid Negara) reinvents traditional Islamic architecture with its angular lines and neutral color scheme. Built in 1965, the mosque was designed as a symbol of Malaysia’s independence and is a center of Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant Muslim community.
The cultural significance of the National Mosque makes it an integral part of most Kuala Lumpur sightseeing tours. The 18-pointed star dome is said to represent Islam’s five pillars and the 13 states of the Malaysian archipelago. The majority of tours combine a visit to the National Mosque with stops at the famous Petronas Towers as well as the Batu Caves, one of the world’s largest Hindu shrines.
For travelers that want to combine culture with nature, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park are both within a 10-minute walk of the mosque.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Photography is allowed inside the mosque, but phones must be in silent mode.
- Traditional attire, which include robes for men and a headscarf for women, is provided for travelers who want to go inside the mosque.
- A must-see for lovers of religious architecture.
- The National Mosque is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
You can either take a taxi to the mosque using a ride hailing app or go by public transport. The mosque is diagonally across from Kuala Lumpur railway station, and there is an underground walkway that goes underneath Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. Alternatively, book a tour that includes round-trip transport.
When to Get There
During prayer times, which occur six times per day, the National Mosque is closed to the public. Make sure to check the most up-to-date times online as they’re subject to change according to the position of the sun.
Religious Harmony in Kuala Lumpur
If you want to get an overview of Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant multiculturalism, combine a visit to the National Mosque with a stop at Thean Hou Temple, a bright Buddhist monument, and Sri Mahamariamman Temple, an extravagantly decorated temple that’s one of the oldest in Malaysia.