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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.

Popular Activities at National Mosque

Give yourself plenty of time at National Mosque. Below are the most popular things to do:

When preparing for your trip, you might want to consider buying a Kuala Lumpur Half-Day City Tour or a Private Kuala Lumpur Half-Day Tour.

Have a look at our Kuala Lumpur things to do page to find many more activities while you're in the area.


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Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral $59
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No 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 1,893 reviews
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    This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps from NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Petaling Street and Merdeka Square are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station is only a 2-minute walk and KL Sentral Station is 8 minutes.

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    5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur
       
      4.7
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      Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Mosque, Merdeka Square, and Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Petaling Street and Kuala Lumpur Bird Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kuala Lumpur Station and Kuala Lumpur KTM Komuter Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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        This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is steps from Sunway Putra Mall and Putra World Trade Centre. Merdeka Square and Sultan Abdul Samad Building are also within 2 mi (3 km). PWTC Station is only a 2-minute walk and Putra KTM Komuter Station is 7 minutes.

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        Hilton Kuala Lumpur

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          4.4
          of 5, from 1,769 reviews
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          Hilton Kuala Lumpur is steps away from Sentral Station and its ultra-modern shopping mall. Guests can drive 12 minutes to Petronas Twin Towers, or take a 5-minute cab ride to the lush expanses of Lake Gardens, where there are trails to follow and bird and butterfly parks to admire.

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          11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
             
            4.6
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            Surrounded by tropical gardens, this 28-story hotel is 5 minutes on foot to KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers. Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Bukit Bintang shopping area are located nearby.

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              Strategically located a few steps from Kuala Lumpur's main attractions. Petronas Twin Tower and Central Market. The KL Monorail links at Pavilion and Berjaya Times Square.

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                4.6
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                Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur by Shangri-La is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur City Centre and is connected to the convention centre. A short covered walkway connects the hotel to the Petronas Twin Towers.

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