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National Mosque

You’ll find modernist architecture inspired by traditional Islamic themes and motifs at Malaysia’s foremost religious site.

The National Mosque was constructed in 1965 as a symbol of a newly independent and united Malaysia. It was designed by a team of British and Malaysian architects and is a bold combination of cutting-edge modernist design and Islamic symbolism. This beautiful 13-acre (5.2-hectare) site in downtown Kuala Lumpur is surrounded by pools, fountains and gardens.

Admire the bright blue folded plates of the main dome and the 240-foot (73-meter) high minaret (tower) as you approach the enormous mosque. Both features take inspiration from an umbrella, chosen to represent Malaysia’s tropical climate. The top of the minaret takes the shape of a retracted umbrella while the main dome resembles one fully extended. Throughout the complex are 48 smaller domes that sit atop sheltered walkways and administrative quarters.

Inside the main prayer hall is a vast space with intricately patterned walls, colored-glass windows and elaborate chandeliers. There’s enough room for 15,000 people inside, making it one of the largest mosques in Asia. Wander outside to find landscaped gardens, fountains, pools and a decorated courtyard.

Attached to the mosque is the Makam Pahlawan, or Heroes’ Mausoleum, which houses the bodies of key Malaysian political figures. It features a dome similar in design to the main mosque, and is surrounded by a moat and gardens.

Be sure to wear respectful clothing when visiting the National Mosque. Men and women alike should cover their legs and arms, and women need to wear a headscarf. You can pick up a robe or coat from a staff member at the entrance if you need additional clothing. Non-Muslim tourists can only enter the mosque Saturday through Thursday, and only at certain times of the day. Check the signs or with staff for details.

The National Mosque is in downtown Kuala Lumpur, next to the Lake Gardens and a short walk from KL Sentral Station. Admission is free.

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Hilton Kuala Lumpur SG$61
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Hilton Kuala Lumpur

     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Lake Gardens are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station is only a 2-minute walk and KL Sentral Station is 6 minutes.

    The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection SG$103
    The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection

    The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection

       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Tasik Perdana, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Mosque, Merdeka Square and Petaling Street. Central Market and Kuala Lumpur Bird Park are also within 15 minutes. Kuala Lumpur Station and Kuala Lumpur KTM Komuter Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Melia Kuala Lumpur SG$57
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      Melia Kuala Lumpur

         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral SG$49
        Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

        Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this hotel is steps away from NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Lake Gardens are also within 1 mile (2 km). KL Sentral Station and Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Shangri-La Hotel - Kuala Lumpur SG$114
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            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur SG$138
            Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

            Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Petronas Twin Towers and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur Tower and Central Market are also within 2 mi (3 km). Raja Chulan Station is 8 minutes by foot and KLCC Station is 11 minutes.

              Alila Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur SG$82
              Alila Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

              Alila Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of NU Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral and Mid Valley Mega Mall. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Lake Gardens are also within 2 miles (3 km). Bangsar Station is only a 2-minute walk and KL Sentral Station is 14 minutes.

                Citin Masjid Jamek by Compass Hospitality
                Citin Masjid Jamek by Compass Hospitality

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                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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