Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur
This is a great photo spot to shoot the mosque and the confluence of these rivers where Kuala Lumpur started in 1857. This shot was taken from the bridge just behind the Central Market or Pasar Seni. Note the LRT station sitting above the Klang River on the right.
The river to the left is the start of the Gombak River and the one going to the right is the Klang River which flows under this bridge and goes all the way to Klang and the Straits of Melaka.
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Quick Facts about Masjid Jamek
Best time to visit
Generally the best time to visit this mosque or any other mosque in Malaysia is between 9 AM to 11 AM which are not near any prayer times. Avoid Fridays around noon time as it is especially busy due to the Friday noon communal prayers. Worshippers will overflowing into the streets.
Address & Telephone
- Jalan Tun Perak, Kuala Lumpur
- 603-2274 6063
- None, but the closest would be http://www.islam.gov.my/english/index.html - if it works ;)
How to get there
- As the mosque is located very near the at the Masjid Jamek LRT Stations for both the Kelana Jaya and Ampang lines, it would be advisable to use it to visit the mosque. Parking would be quite a problem unless you are prepared to walk a fair bit. The LRT ride would cost you no more than RM2 from anywhere within Kuala Lumpur.
How much time do you need there
- I would recommend you spend at least 15 to 20 minutes there.
History of Masjid Jamek
This mosque has the pride of place in all of Kuala Lumpur. It sits right where the Klang and Gombak Rivers meets. I guess this is where Kuala Lumpur, which means muddy estuary, got its name. This is a very picturesque masjid.
It was officially opened on 23 December 1909 by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Alauddin Sulaiman Shah as the main mosque of Malaysia. In 1965, this role was replaced by Masjid Negara.
The architect of the Jamek Mosque was Arthur Benison Hubbeck or affably known as AB Hubbeck who also designed the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the magnificent Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar.
It has a Mogul architecture with 3 domes that surmount the prayer hall. The central dome is about 21 meters tall. The prayer hall used to open up to a walled courtyard or sahn, but is a covered courtyard.
This place used to be where the first Malay cemetery was. It has been moved to the Gombak Muslim cemetery during the construction of this mosque.
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