Visiting Masjid Jamek - the oldest historical mosque in downtown KLasdf
Located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the tiny Masjid Jamek is the city’s most historic old mosque. It even has it’s own LTR station named after it! Masjid Jamek was built back in 1909, and is the oldest historic mosque in the city, The mosque is one of the most important Muslim religious sites in the city, but non-Muslim tourists are welcome to visit. Here’s everything you need to know.
Kuala Lumpur’s Masjid Jamek is an iconic part of the city’s downtown skyline. The Moorish architecture of the little mosque is an eye-catching piece of the historic downtown area around Merdeka Square.
Masjid Jamek, the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur, was built back in 1909 by English architect, officer, and footballer Arthur Benison Hubback, who deigned many of old KL’s most iconic buildings. Officially the Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque, Masjid Jamek is an important piece of Kuala Lumpur’s history. It’s such an iconic landmark that one of the busiest and mot important LTR stations was named after it!
Even if you are not a Muslim, it’s definitely worth paying a visit to this beautiful and historic mosque. It doesn’t cost anything to visit. Visitors are just asked to sign a guestbook, and if they are not dressed appropriately to enter a mosque, they will be lent a modest robe at no additional fee.
The staff at the mosque are incredibly friendly and helpful, and are always willing to assist you or answer any questions that you have. When I mentioned that I was from Texas, the guy who welcomed me to the mosque made finger guns, shooting them in the air like a cowboy. “Don’t mess with Texas!”, he proudly announced.
You can guide yourself around the lush gardens surrounding the mosque. The mosque is built on a sacred site above what was once a historic Muslim burial ground. Today, the beautiful gardens and fountains offer a lovely relaxing space in the middle of the bustling city.
Though smaller than many of the mosques you’ll find in Kuala Lumpur, the Masjid Jamek was the city’s main and most important mosque until the construction of the National Mosque in the 1960s. It’s still an important and beautiful place to visit for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Masjid Jamek Kuala Lumpur Visiting Information
Masjid Jamek is open for visits from non-Muslim tourists on Saturday-Thursday from 8:30-12:30; 14:30-16:30. The mosque is closed to non-Muslim tourists on Fridays.
Masjid Jamek is FREE for anyone to visit
The mosque is located in the central part of KL’s downtown right at Masjid Jamek LTR Station.