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Jamek Mosque ~ Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur
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The uniquely Mogul Masjid Jamek is the oldest mosque in the city. Located at the confluence where the Gombak river flows into the Klang river, it is the very spot where the initial settlers of Kuala Lumpur built their shacks.

Jamek (Jamik) is derived from Arabic. It means a place of congregation for religious purposes.


Chatris top the entrances and corners of the MosqueInspired by the Mogul architecture of India, and designed by Arthur Benison Hubbock, an architectural assistant in the Public Works and Survey Department, the structure has chatris, domes, cupolas and minarets and arched colonnades. Built at a cost of then RM 32,625,  the money was raised by subscription from the Malayan community and Government funds.

The mosque is a tranquil creation of onion domes and minarets of layered red and cream bricks set on the banks of the Klang and Gombak rivers.

Onion domes and minarets of layered red and cream bricks of the Jamek MosqueThis striking brick and marble building was officially opened on 23 December, 1909, after two years of construction by the Sultan of Selangor Sir Alauddin Sulaiman Shah.

Until the opening of the National Mosque in 1965, Masjid Jamek served as the city's principal mosque.

Another interesting fact about the mosque is that, it was constructed on the first Malay Burial Ground in KL.
Walled 'sahn' (courtyard)
Three domes surmount the prayer hall; the central dome is 21.3m (70 ft) high and is flanked by two lower domes. The biggest dome at the centre collapsed in the 1990s and later rebuilt. The prayer hall opens out onto a walled sahn (courtyard), which has now been covered over.

Prayer Hall

 

 

At the corners are two red and white striped minarets, identical in design with chatris (umbrella-shaped cupolas, usually domed and open-sided) on the top.
A large number of small chatris top the entrances and corners of the Mosque.


Commonly referred to as the "Friday Mosque, on Friday prayers, the crowd spill over up to the street and the LRT Station nearby (Name appropriately  as Masjid Jamek Station). Avoid visiting during prayer times, especially on Fridays at midday.

Note
Visitors are advised to observe the rules of dressing and decorum which are listed at the entrance. They need to remove their shoes and must be respectably dressed. Special robes are provided if you are not appropriately attired.

Open: 8.30am 12.30pm & 2.30pm 4.30pm (Daily)
Admission: Free
 

Best Way to Visit - Take City Tour
A Full or a Hull day private tour which includes private vehicle with driver / guide at your disposal that allow a visit here and other places of interests of your preference.


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