National Mosque - Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur

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    Visit the National Mosque (Masjid Negara)

    by Merebin Updated Jul 25, 2015

    The National Mosque is free to visit and open to both Muslim and non-Muslim visitors - for non-Muslim visitors it is closed at prayer times. To visit, shoes need to be removed at the entrance and long purple robes are given to visitors who are not dressed appropriately (legs, arms and hair (for women) covered). The robes too are free.

    The mosque itself is quite modern, with peaceful open spaces and water features. The mosque is located close to other attractions like the Bird Park and the Islamic Arts Museum. You could easily make your own 'walking tour' taking in the mosque and other attractions nearby.

    The mosque can be reached by taxi, private car or by walking. Pasar Seni is one of the closer LRT stations, although the lack of footpaths in places don't make it the easiest of walks from there!

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    National Mosque of Malaysia

    by jorgejuansanchez Updated Jul 24, 2015

    This is a lovely mosque located close to a train station (just follow the tunnel, then the bridge and you will find it). Inside you will be given in english much information about Islam, for free. The mosque is huge. When I was there it was empty, no service, and I could freely walk around without any inconvenience.
    I learnt inside that the mosque was built soon after Malaysia got independence from England, in 1957, so it is not old.

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    National Mosque of Malaysia

    by antistar Updated Jun 23, 2015

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    No Koutoubia this, nor a Dome of the Rock, but a modern mosque built for a modern nation. It's an impressive building- large, sleek with clean white lines, but not one that will linger in the memory. Its design embodies the transitional nature of the Malaysian nation when it was built - three designers, two Malay, one English. Now it serves a solidly independent republic.

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    National Mosque

    by PeterVancouver Updated Jul 24, 2014

    Located near the Old KL Railway Station, the National Mosque or Masjid Negara is probably the most outstanding modern mosque in Kuala Lumpur.

    Standing out from the rest, with its unique star-shaped dome, representing the 13 states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam. The mosque, with the capacity to hold 12,000 people, is seated proudly among 13 acres of beautifully landscaped ground, with gardens and fountains.

    Visitors are allowed into the mosque – but they must be dressed in an appropriate manner as a matter of respect in this special place of worship. Robes and headscarves can be borrowed at the entrance; there is a separate entrance for women.


    09:00 to 12:30, 14:00 to 15:30 and 17:00 to 18:30 (for tourists)

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    Masjid Negara (2)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 2, 2014

    Part two of my masjid negara with more pictures around.

    Although There is Religious Freedom in Malaysia, Islam is the State Religion so that the government builds Mosques around Malaysia and The Masjid Negara or The National Mosque is the Largest Mosque in Malaysia. It was Built in 1965 on the site of a church, the Venning Road Brethren Gospel Hall, which had stood there since 1922 but was appropriated by the Malaysian governmentIt. It has a large capacity of 15,000 people and this structure houses 73 meter high minarets and its 16 pointed star concrete which is its main roof. The Mosque has several reflecting pools and also fountains and a large foot washing area for Male and Female Muslims. The Mosque is open to Non Muslims except during Friday Prayers and regular daily prayer times.

    Opens:

    06:30am - 01:00pm,
    02:30pm - 04:00pm,
    05:30pm - 07:00pm

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    Masjid Negara (1)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 2, 2014

    Although There is Religious Freedom in Malaysia, Islam is the State Religion so that the government builds Mosques around Malaysia and The Masjid Negara or The National Mosque is the Largest Mosque in Malaysia. It was Built in 1965 on the site of a church, the Venning Road Brethren Gospel Hall, which had stood there since 1922 but was appropriated by the Malaysian governmentIt. It has a large capacity of 15,000 people and this structure houses 73 meter high minarets and its 16 pointed star concrete which is its main roof. The Mosque has several reflecting pools and also fountains and a large foot washing area for Male and Female Muslims. The Mosque is open to Non Muslims except during Friday Prayers and regular daily prayer times.

    Opens:

    06:30am - 01:00pm,
    02:30pm - 04:00pm,
    05:30pm - 07:00pm

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    Take clothes to cover up

    by Gyppo Written Mar 5, 2014

    The National Mosque (Masjid Negara) is an enormous mosque, as befits the capital. Non-Muslims are welcome to visit outside prayer times. It has beautiful reflection pools around the outside, and is a spectacular building, inside and out.

    If you want to visit, make sure you dress appropriately. The mosque will provide a robe and headscarf for women if you need to cover your arms, legs and head. They'll do the same for men, in a fetching shade of lavender.

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    National Mosque

    by Twan Written Mar 14, 2012

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    Masjid Negara, The National Mosque is a uniquely designed building that embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art. It’s design is based upon the Grand Mosque in Mecca with 48 small domes and the main dome has the character of a multi fold “semi-opened blue umbrella” that is the roof which symbolises the 5 pillars of Islam and the 13 states of Malaysia. The 73 meter tall minaret has the shape of a “closed blue umbrella”.

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    by TrendsetterME Written Feb 27, 2012

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    The National Mosque of Malaysia has a capacity of 15,000 people and is situated among 13 acres (53,000 m2) of beautiful gardens. The original structure was designed by a three-person team from the Public Works Department - UK architect Howard Ashley, and Malaysians Hisham Albakri and Baharuddin Kassim. The mosque was built in 1965 on the site of a church, the Venning Road Brethren Gospel Hall which had stood there since 1922 but appropriated by the Malaysian government. The mosque is a bold and modern approach in reinforced concrete, symbolic of the aspirations of a then newly-independent Malaysia.

    Its key features are a 73-metre-high minaret and an 16-pointed star concrete main roof. The umbrella, synonymous with the tropics, is featured conspicuously - the main roof is reminiscent of an open umbrella, the minaret's cap a folded one. The folded plates of the concrete main roof is a creative solution to achieving the larger spans required in the main gathering hall. Reflecting pools and fountains spread throughout the compound.

    Very impressive interior, a must see of KL ....

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    Masjid Negara (National Mosque)

    by mansionion Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The National Mosque is located just across the street from the old KL Railway Station. The location was chosen by the country first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj; as he want it to be easily accesible by those people from outstation who come to KL by train. (It is common for Muslims travellers to drop by at the nearest mosque to cleanse up and perform their prayers before continuing their journey. If it is late in the evening, mosque is also often use a place for them to stay overnite).

    Completed in 1965 at a cost of RM10million, the building consist of a prayer hall, multi purpose hall, the warrior mausoleum, a library, offices, open courtyard and the minaret.

    The prayer hall is sheltered by a folded-plate roof in the shape of "semi-opened umbrella" with 18 pleats radiating from the centre. Its minaret is in the shape of "closed umbrella" stands at 72 metres from the ground. This umbrella design gives the mosque a unique contrast to other onion shape domes and minaret in the buildings within its vicinity.

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    National Mosque - Masjid Negara

    by Airpunk Written Jan 31, 2011

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    The 16-pointed start which works as its roof can be seen from many skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur. This and the 73 metre high minaret are the most obvious characteristics of this building. The building of a new national mosque as a symbol for the independent country was planned shortly after the country's independence in the late 1950s. However, Masjid Negara was not finished until 1965. The National Mosque contains a mausoleum for several national heroes, including Tun Abdul Razak. The mosque is accessible to tourists, but please respect the usual rules for visiting a mosque (proper clothing, including headscarf for women.
    Some people say that the shape of the roof is a symbol for the five pillars of Islam and the states of Malaysia. However, those people also say that the roof is an 18-pointed star (which it is not) as Malaysia consists of 13 states (and never of 11 only).

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    by RakeshKapadnis Written Nov 23, 2010

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    This uniquely designed mosque embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Its most striking feature is the multi-fold umbrella-like roof which symbolises the aspirations of an independent nation. Standing prominently against the skyline is the sleek and stylish 73m high minaret.
    The central roof appears to be first glance a partially unfolded umbrella.

    The building itself includes a hall, a mausoleum, a library, offices, an open courtyard and a minaret. The Grand Hall is surrounded by deep veranda's. They provide a praying area and can easily accommodate up to 5000 people.
    The mausoleum, situated at the rear of the mosque, stands in a circular reflecting pool and is connected to the main building by a covered foot-bridge. It is circular in shape and is covered by a pleated shell concrete dome similar in shape to that of the Grand Hall but with only seven folds, one of which covers a reserve for the national hero’s tomb.
    Visitors are advised to observe the rules of dressing and decorum which are listed at the entrance.

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    National Mosque

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010

    Built in 1965, this uniquely designed mosque embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Its most striking feature is the multi-fold umbrella-like roof which symbolises the aspirations of an independent nation. Standing prominently against the skyline is the sleek and stylish 73m high minaret. Located on 13 acres of landscaped gardens near the Lake Gardens, it can accommodate 15,000 worshippers. The original structure was designed by a team from the Public Works Department, UK architect Howard Ashley, and Malaysians Hisham Albakri and Baharuddin Kassim.

    Word of warning: If you're easily offended then you shouldn't come here as when I visited (in Feb 2009) there were large banners draped off the outside of the mosque that seemed to denounce American products such as Starbucks, Coco-Cola and Colgate toothpaste (for some reason) and a dead child's head resting on top of rubble with slogan's about Palestine and Israel. Now there's a place for everything but surely this isn't it when foreign visitors come here to visit. Can you imagine this kind of thing being plastered along Westminster Abbey or St Paul's Cathedral?

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    A very beautiful mosque

    by curiouscat-ir Written Jun 15, 2010

    One of the best , not the biggest, mosques in Malasiya. Beautiful and exciting architecture. If you want to see all of it you should have some scarf and suitable dress, espacially women.
    You can join your visit to this mosque together with Museum of Islamic Arts. These two places are in a same area.

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    National Mosque (Masjid Menara)

    by imeley Updated Mar 18, 2010

    As one of the Southeast Asias's largest mosque, it's unique modern design embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Visitors are advised to observe the rules of dressing and decorum. Shoes are removed and must respectively dressed. Special robes are provided (free) if one is not appropriately attired.

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