One of Southeast Asia's largest mosques, the National Mosque of Malaysia is definitely worth a visit.
With the capacity to accommodate 15,000 people, the National Mosque is surrounded by lush greenery that then expands to a 13-acre land. Its uniquely designed 18-point umbrella-shaped dome represents the 13 states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam.
The mosque is situated in the centre of the city, which is just a 10-minute walk from the Kuala Lumpur Railway station.
Opening Days and Hours
The mosque is open daily from 06:30 to 13:00, 14:30 to 16:00, and 17:30 to 19:00.
Only Muslims are allowed in the main prayer hall. The mosque is closed to non-Muslims during prayer times.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Admission to the mosque is free.
How to Get There
You can get to the National Mosque via the KTM Komuter – disembark at the Kuala Lumpur railway station and take a short walk to the mosque. You can also take the RapidKL bus B101 and B112 and alight at the Dayabumi Complex. The easiest way to reach the site, however, is by taxi or Uber.
The mosque is suitable for travelers of all ages, especially those who are interested in the Islamic religion.
Time to Spend
You can spend about an hour exploring the mosque.
Only bottled water is available at the mosque. You can grab a bite at its nearby attractions that are accessible by foot. The Central Market and Petaling Street (China Town) offer great options to satisfy your hunger. Some must-try local foods at China Town are Kim Lian Kee Hokkien Mee, Yong Tau Fu at the China Town wet market, Kim Soya Bean, Madam Tang Mua Chi stall, and Air Mata Kucing stall.
- Islamic Arts Museum – 5 minutes walk
- National Planetarium – 13 minutes walk
- National Museum of Malaysia – 13 minutes walk
- Perdana Botanical Garden, Butterfly Park, Bird Park – 16 minutes walk
- Central Market – 16 minutes walk
- Petaling Street (China Town) – 19 minutes walk
Visitors can easily find accommodations in the city of Kuala Lumpur, ranging from budget hostels, mid-range accommodation, to luxury hotels.
Good to Know
You are required to put on coloured robes to cover any bare skin and take off your shoes to enter the mosque. Volunteers inside the mosque will offer free guided tours or answer any questions you may have about the mosque.