Masjid Jamek in Kuala Lumpur
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Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek, pronounced with emphasis on the first letter "a" - Jamek) is one of the oldest and most famous mosques in Kuala Lumpur. Perhaps, it can be put on the second place in attendance among tourists among the mosques of the capital, along with The National Mosque of KL. This is also partly due to its very convenient location: it is within walking distance of Independence Square, also accessible on foot from Chinatown and Puduraya station, plus another two steps from the mosque is the metro station of the same name Masjid Jamek.
For tourists, the mosque is also attractive because at certain hours it opens its doors to tourists, and anyone can visit it, regardless of faith. Moreover, you can walk not only on the territory of the mosque, but you can go inside, and even in its very center – the old building. There are even no prohibitions for women.
At the entrance, clean, neat capes are given free of charge, but if your knees and shoulders are covered, you can go to the mosque without it. Literally right at the entrance, very polite and unobtrusive volunteers give out these capes if necessary, help her dress, and instruct her on the rules of behavior. If you are lucky, then inside the mosque, in its very center in an old building, from other volunteers, you can listen again to a free lecture-tour about the mosque and about the Islamic faith. They are happy to answer all the questions of tourists, even the most stupid, and very friendly. The entrance to the old building for non-Muslims is possible only for a small patch, limited by soft barriers, but you can take pictures without any restrictions.
What is really nice, everything happens completely without pressure, and no one "extorts" any donations, does not show unfriendliness. But if you wish, you can leave donations in the box at the exit.
Although the mosque is one of the oldest in the city, it was actually built only in 1909, because Kuala Lumpur is a very young city. The project of the mosque was created by the English architect Arthur Hubback. The original old mosque building was preserved in its original form, but later spacious prayer halls were added to it. Until 1965, it was the main mosque of Kuala Lumpur.
🕐 Working hours: non-Muslims are allowed to enter from 8:30 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 16:30.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free.
🚶 How to get there: from Chinatown or Puduraya station area, you can walk to the mosque (see Jamek Mosque on Kuala Lumpur map). The entrance to the mosque is from Jalan Tun Perak Street. From other areas, the most convenient way to get to the metro station Masjid Jamek, which is located near the mosque. Another option is to take take the free tour bus on the Purple Line GO KL to the Bangkok Bank stop, and then 10 minutes on foot.