National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur

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    Masjid Negara

    by muratkorman Written May 23, 2009

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    This beautiful mosque is one of the landmarks of KL with its spectacular dome. It is an 18-pointed star shaped dome with a relaxing blue colour. 18 sides represent 13 states of Malaysia and 5 pilars of Islam. This huge mosque is a must-visit when you are in KL. There is a special entrance for tourists and non-muslims where you are given a purple gown to enter the mosque. Every visitor has to remove shoes before entrance and respect dress code. Fridays are very crowded just like churches on Sundays. If you want to visit the mosque on Friday, do it before or after Friday prayer (avoid 12 am to 2 pm).

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    National Mosque

    by SLLiew Written Nov 4, 2008

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    This "old" National Mosque was also once a must-visit for Malaysians visiting Kuala Lumpur for the first time. It is located next to the National Monument and so you can visit both places at same time.

    The mosque is small compared with the giant sized modern mosques. But I like its modern stylized architecture reflecting Islamic dome and minaret into geometric straight lines.

    It belongs to the Independence era of 1957 onward period.

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    An 18-pointed Roof symbolising Malaysia and Islam

    by Kakapo2 Written Jun 11, 2008

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    Slim monaret, umbrella-like roof.

    The National Mosque (Masjid Negara), built in 1965 opposite the equally striking main railway station, is easily recognisable with its 73 metre high slim white minaret and the bright blue roof.

    This roof is an 18-pointed star and somehow looks like a near-opened umbrella. The 18 points symbolise Malaysia’s 13 states and the five pillars of Islam. The Grand Hall has capacity for 8000 people.

    The mosque was one of the first major buildings erected after independency. It cost ten million ringgit and sits in five hectares of landscaped garden. There are several ponds in the courtyard. Very important people of Malaysia are buried in the garden.

    Open daily 9am to 4pm, Friday only 2.45pm to 6pm.

    You are welcome but have to wear decent clothes, take off your shoes before you enter.

    There is a separate entrance for women – you can lend a scarf for your visit.

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    National Mosque ( Masjid Negara )

    by cs_zee Written Oct 28, 2007
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    This beautifully constructed building has a 75m minaret and a central roof that at first glance appears to be a partially unfolded umbrella. It has 18 points, one for each of the country's 13 states as well as the five tenets of Islam.

    The mosque, which took three years to construct, it was opened on Aug 27, 1965.

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    An Introduction to Islam

    by bsfreeloader Written Apr 22, 2007

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    A visit to the National Mosque is well worth it, particularly if you want to learn about the Islamic faith. There are heaps of free pamphlets available, and extremely helpful “guides” do their best to explain Islam and answer any questions presented to them. Opening hours fluctuate and proper dress is required (robes can be borrowed at the entrance).

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    The Mosque

    by xaver Updated Nov 12, 2006

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    This mosque includes a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentats.
    Its most striking feature is the multi fold umbrella like roof which symbolizes the aspirations of an independent nation. Standing prominently against the skyline is the sleek and stylish 73m high minaret.
    The national mosque serves serves as the principal mosque for the city dwellers.

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    Visit the National Mosque

    by DanielF Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    The National Mosque is a modern building but still quite impressive for its huge dimensions. It contains a pantheon where several national heroes and celebrities are buried as well as all the Prime Ministers.

    The building is covered by a large umbrella-shaped dome and crowned by a tall minaret which reaches up to 73 metres.

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    Unique National Mosque

    by rochellevm Written May 14, 2006

    The national mosque should be unique amongst the other mosque. Instead of a dome, the roof is shaped like a partially opened umbrella. Plus factor is tourist are also allowed entry to the mosque. They provide you with the appropriate attire to enter also free of charge.

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    Masjid Negara

    by mary2u99 Written May 9, 2006

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    My friend  in front of the Mosque

    This building had a unique star shaped done representing the 13 states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam.

    It has a 73 meters high minaret.

    Proper dress code is imposed here or you will be ask to wear a robe and headscarves are provided.

    Operating hours: Open to tourist from 9:00am -12:30p, 2:00pm - 3:30pm and 5:00pm - 6:30pm.

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    Escape the heat and enjoy wonderful surroundings.

    by hennanights Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    The National Mosque was built in 1964. Since then it has been updated. It truly a beautiful structure and at least 10 degrees cooler than outside, thanks to its tranquil pools of water and the marble floors. The outside prayer area has a blue glass ceiling which reflects creating a glow on the marble floors. You are free to wander the building and should you go the wrong way you are stopped by security guards. I found the experience of walking around the mosque a calming one. The splendor of the deco and design are something very special and unique.

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    Art, culture & religion at the National Mosque

    by idy Written Aug 3, 2005
    The mosque's unique roof

    With its unique multi-fold umbrella-like brightly-coloured roof, the National Mosque presents a contemporary image of traditional Islamic art and culture.

    The building serves as the principal mosque for city dwellers.

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    Visit National Mosque

    by reezal Updated Jun 12, 2005

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    National Mosque

    If you are coming from the old KL Railway Station, you would catch sight of the National Mosque on your left.

    This beautifully constructed building has a 75m minaret and a central roof that at first glance appears to be a partially unfolded umbrella. It has 18 points, one for each of the country's 13 states as well as the five tenets of Islam.

    The mosque, which took three years to construct, was opened on Aug 27, 1965.

    Visitors are advised to observe the rules of dressing and decorum which are listed at the entrance.Robes can be borrowed from the desk at the mosque entrance.

    Daily 9am to 6pm, except Friday during prayers. Admission Free.

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    National Mosque (Masjid Negara)

    by Blatherwick Updated Apr 7, 2005

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    National Mosque (Malaysia)

    The National Mosque, also known as Masjid Negara, was built in 1965 at a location near the train station so that Muslim travellers could perform their prayers before continuing their journey. The design is based upon the Grand Mosque in Mecca with 48 small domes and the main blue dome which is star-shaped with 18 points, one for each of Malaysia's 13 states and the 5 pillars of Islam. It looks like a semi opened umbrella.

    Robes are provided for people that need them. I found this place to be one of the friendliest and most accessable mosques anywhere.

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    The beautiful architecture

    by bluepigsinthesky Written Jan 29, 2005

    The main religion in Malaysia, Islam is practiced by Muslims, the major race in this multi-racial country. In a day, an Islam is expected to pray five times in the direction of Makkah, the Holy City. Go see it for the beautiful Islam architecuture.

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    The National Mosque

    by MikeAtSea Written Dec 23, 2004

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    The National Mosque

    This is a uniquely designed building that embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art. One of the most striking features is the multi fold umbrella that is the roof which symbolises the aspirations of an independent Malaysia. The 73 meter tall minaret stands strikingly against the skyline. The National Mosque is the principal house of worship for the inhabitants of Kuala Lumpur.

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