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National Mosque Of Malaysia
Written by Farheen on May 30, 2020 Share on

National Mosque Of Malaysia: Icon Of Malaysia’s History And Culture

Located near the Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur, the National Mosque of Malaysia is also identified as ‘Masjid Negara’ is regarded as the nation-wide representative of the Islamic religion. Laid over 13 acres of land, this mosque can hold a minimum of 15,000 human beings. It is a focal spot of the Muslim community in Kuala Lumpur and is assumed to be created to signify the independence of Malaysia. Furthermore, its cultural importance also makes it an essential part of the sightseeing tour of the city of Kuala Lumpur.

National Mosque Of Malaysia
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History of National Mosque Of Malaysia

Built in the year 1965 in order to honour the independence of Malaysia from the government of Great Britain. The name of the mosque was decided to be given in recognition of the Chief Minister at the time of British rule, who also succeedingly became the Prime Minister of the nation. Yet, when he declined the honour, the mosque was called as Masjid Negara.

National Mosque Of Malaysia
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Established in 1965 which is the year that Malaysia and Singapore split. It was created by UK architect Howard Ashley and Malaysians Hisham Albakri and Baharuddin Kassim. The 73m-high minaret is easily the National Mosque Of Malaysia’s most distinct characteristic and a striking highlight of the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Also notable are the gorgeous outdoor gardens with white marble pools and fountains. The pink-tiled roof was reconstructed with blue and green tiles when the mosque underwent large improvements in 1987.

The Architecture of National Mosque Of Malaysia

Apart from the grand prayer hall, the National Mosque of Malaysia located in Kuala Lumpur also comprises of 48 smaller domes. The highlights of the mosque is its 18-pointed star dome which is assumed to be depicting the 13 states of Malaysia and 5 pillars of Islam religion. Head to this mosque and get ready to be left shocked with its contemporary Islamic design featuring geometric frame and abstract patterns formed into its roof which makes it quite a site to explore.

National Mosque Of Malaysia
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Note Before Visiting

You can only access the mosque when prayers are completed and tourists must be suitably dressed. This means that sleeveless tops, shorts or short clothing are grimaced upon; yet, if you have visited the mosque ill-prepared, gowns and headscarves can be rented from the desk at the mosque’s admission gate.

Comprise a tour to National Mosque of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur in your itinerary of Kuala Lumpur city simultaneously with Thean Hou Temple and Sri Mahamariamman Temple and grab a possibility to savour a mixture of culture that may let you go with an unbelievable experience.

Kuala Lumpur has so much to offer in terms of sightseeing attractions all around the city. The National Mosque Of Malaysia is one true icon of the culture and history the landmarks hold in Malaysia. Tailor-make your itinerary with PickYourTrail or book one of our specially curated Malaysia holiday packages for the best experiences in Malaysia put together by us.

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