National Mosque (Masjid Negara) and Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Islamic Arts Museums Koran Featured image

[Introduction]

I traveled to Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Penang) and Brunei for a week, while I attended my Malaysian friend’s wedding at Kuala Lumpur. In this article, I will write about Masjid Negara and Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur, as part of Day 5.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1 (1) Flying to Kuala Lumpur (Related article)
* Day 1 (2) Night view of Petronas Twin Towers (Related article)
* Day 2 (1) Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC (Related article)
* Day 2 (2) Aquaria KLCC (Related article)
* Day 2 (3) Bukit Bintang (Related article)
* Day 3 (1) Colonial architecture in Penang (Related article)
* Day 3 (2) Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Eastern & Oriental Hotel (Related article)
* Day 3 (3) Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (Blue Mansion) (Related article)
* Day 4 (1) Ethnic architecture in Penang (Related article)
* Day 4 (2) Art works in Penang (Related article)
* Day 5 (1) Masjid Negara and Islamic Arts Museum (This article)
* Day 5 (2) Chinatown (Related article)
* Day 6 (1) Royal Regalia (Related article)
* Day 6 (2) Old Mosque (Related article)
* Day 7 (1) Water Village, New Mosque and Gadong area (Related article)
* Day 7 (2) Empire Hotel (Related article)
(Day 1, 2, 5, 6: Kuala Lumpur, Day 3, 4: Penang, Day 6, 7: Brunei)

[Travel Dates]
2015.9.22 – 29

NOTE: as the blog title suggests, I mainly write about my travel around Japan, but I will write about my overseas travel in this series.

[Main Part]

Day 5 of my travel in Malaysia and Brunei. There was my friend’s wedding in the evening, and I went around Kuala Lumpur station, Chinatown and Merdaka Square in the daytime. In this article, I will write about Kuala Lumpur station.

Kuala Lumpur Station

I moved from KL Sentral station to Kuala Lumpur station by KTM Comuter. Kuala Lumpur station is a railway station where long-distance trains such as Eastern & Oriental Express which runs between Singapore and Bangkok arrive and depart, so the atmosphere of the station is different from other stations.

Platform of Kuala Lumpur station.Kuala Lumpur station Platform1

Kuala Lumpur station Platform2

Kuala Lumpur station Platform3

Kuala Lumpur station building which was built in 1910.Kuala Lumpur station building

Malayan Railway Head Quarters Building near Kuala Lumpur station.Malayan Railway Head Quarters Building

National Mosque (Masjid Negara) 

The National Mosque (Masjid Negara) is the largest mosque in the Southeast Asia with the capacity of about 8,000 people and built in 1965.

Exterior of the mosque.Kuala Lumpur National Mosque1

Kuala Lumpur National Mosque2

Minaret (tower) with 73 meters height.Kuala Lumpur National Mosque Minaret

This was the national mosque with stately atmosphere.Kuala Lumpur National Mosque3

Purple robes are lent to female visitors to hide their skin and hairs.Kuala Lumpur National Mosque4

Kuala Lumpur National Mosque5

Kuala Lumpur National Mosque6

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Main prayer hall where only Muslims are allowed to enter.Kuala Lumpur National Mosque8 main prayer hall

Kuala Lumpur National Mosque9 main prayer hall

Impressive geometrically-designed architecture.Kuala Lumpur National Mosque10

Kuala Lumpur National Mosque11

Kuala Lumpur National Mosque12

Kuala Lumpur National Mosque13

Kuala Lumpur National Mosque14

Kuala Lumpur National Mosque15

I left the National Mosque and moved to the next destination.

Islamic Arts Museum

The next destination was the Islamic Arts Museum, which was about 5 minute walk from the National Mosque.Kuala Lumpur Islamic Arts Museum exterior

The Islamic Arts Museum is a museum that shows Islamic fine arts and culture. In particular, I got to know that Korans were displayed through a book and had an interest.

So, photos of Korans.Kuala Lumpur Islamic Arts Museum Koran1

Kuala Lumpur Islamic Arts Museum Koran2

Kuala Lumpur Islamic Arts Museum Koran3

Kuala Lumpur Islamic Arts Museum Koran4

Kuala Lumpur Islamic Arts Museum Koran5

Other exhibits.Kuala Lumpur Islamic Arts Museum exhibits1

Kuala Lumpur Islamic Arts Museum exhibits2

Finally, the wall of the ceiling.Kuala Lumpur Islamic Arts Museum ceiling

[Closing]

That’s it for the article about National Mosque (Masjid Negara) and Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is a multiethnic country just like Singapore, but while Chinese holds a majority in Singapore, Malay predominates in Malaysia. So, Malaysia is a Muslim country, and I felt it by visiting these two places.

Then, I walked to Chinatown. I will write about it in the next article.

[Related Link]
Tourism Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
Islamic Arts Museum


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