The Pink Mosque of Putrajaya - an awe-inspiring day trip from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Even though Kuala Lumpur is the official national and royal capital of Malaysia, since 2001, the federal administrative capital of the country has been moved to the brand-new planned city of Putrajaya, located about 35km from KL. Putrajaya is a beautiful, green, eco-friendly city that is home to many of Malaysia’s government ministries, including the Prime Minister’s office. Putrajaya is also home to one of Malaysia’s most beautiful mosques, the Masjid Putra, or the Pink Mosque of Putrajaya. The mosque is a stunning example of Malay Islamic architecture, and is open to non-Muslim visitors. It’s a must-see on your trip to Kuala Lumpur.
How to get to Putrajaya from Kuala Lumpur
Putrajaya is relatively close to Kuala Lumpur, and even closer to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and is easily reached by train, car, or bus. There are bus lines that run between the two cities, but the quickest and easiest way to travel between KL and Putrajaya is by train.
Putrajaya sits along the KLIA Transit Line (NOT the KLIA Ekspress - if you get on this train, you’ll go right past Putrajaya on the way to the airport!). The trains depart from KL Sentral Station. You can purchase a ticket from the automatic console. If you pay with a debit or credit card, you can book the ticket with a slight discount. I purchased a round-trip ticket for 25.20 ringgit (about $6 USD). The ticket was valid for the day.
The KLIA Transit trains are very much like the KLIA Express trains - clean and comfortable. Trains depart from KL Sentral Station every 15-20 minutes, and the trip takes around 35 minutes. The KLIA Transit rail runs between KL Sentral and KLIA Airport. Be sure to hop off at Putrajaya/Cyberjaya Sentral Station!
Getting around Putrajaya, Malaysia
Even though Putrajaya is the federal capital of Malaysia, it’s a fairly big, empty city. Plans to build a city monorail have been put on hold for the time being. It’s easy enough to get around, however. The city operates a few bus lines, but the easiest way is to hire a taxi or use the Grab app on your phone. A taxi ride around the city will only cost a few ringgit. I booked a taxi using Grab, and the trip to the Pink Mosque from Putrajaya/Cyberjaya Sentral cost only 8 ringgit.
The Pink Mosque is located on the banks of the man-made Putrajaya Lake. Next to it is the office of the Prime Minister, which looks a bit like Agrabah from Disney’s Aladdin. Depending on what time you arrive, you may have to wait before visiting the Pink Mosque. While non-Muslim tourists are welcome, and even encouraged to visit the Masjid Putra, it is restricted to Muslim visitors during certain hours of the day (during daily prayers). There are plenty of restaurants, souvenir shops, cafes, and more on the Putrajaya Promenade where you can spend your time waiting. The promenade is located just down a set of stairs from the mosque along the lake.
Visiting Masjid Putra - the Pink Mosque of Putrajaya
When can you visit the Pink Mosque (visiting hours for non-Muslims)
Visitors are welcome to visit the Pink Mosque Saturday-Thursday from 9:00-12:30, 14:00-16:00, and 17:30-18:00. Non-Muslim visitors and tourists are welcome to visit the Pink Mosque, but entrance is restricted to Muslims during the daily prayers.
On Friday, visiting hours are restricted to 15:00-16:00 nd 17:30-18:00.
There are rules and regulations that visitors should follow when visiting any mosque. Below are the rules for visiting the Pink Mosque. Be aware that there is a strict dress code, although visitors can borrow a robe free of charge to cover up if they aren’t in the appropriate attire.
What to wear at the Pink Mosque - dress code for visitors
The Masjid Putra, like any mosque, maintains a strict dress code. Women must cover their arms, legs, and head. Men must cover their legs and arms. If you didn’t pack the right clothes, don’t worry! The mosque provides loose maroon robes to visitors to wear so that they can enter the mosque. Visiting the mosque is free, and it doesn’t cost anything to borrow a robe either.
About the Pink Mosque - what to see at the Masjid Putra
Malyasia’s Pink Mosque was constructed in 1999, just before the federal capital was moved to Putrajaya.
The dome is 50 meters high.
At 116 meters tall, the minaret is the third-tallest in the world!
The mosque is constructed out of beautiful pink granite.
It is large enough to hold 15,000 worshipers at any given time.
There is a small souvenir shop at the mosque where you can buy small gifts, postcards, and snacks and drinks.
If you have any questions about the mosque, there are some very helpful Engish-speaking guides who work at the mosque to answer any questions that you have about Islam or the mosque itself. The guides won’t charge you anything, and won’t try to convert you. They are there to help and to make you feel comfortable visiting the mosque.
When I visited, the Pink Mosque was hosting a display about Islam and about all of the verses in the Quran that condem terrorism and extremism. If you are interested in religion and culture, it’s a really interesting place to visit. Even if you are not, a visit to the mosque is a great day trip from Kuala Lumpur. The building is breathtaking, and it’s amazing to see.