National Mosque (Masjid Negara)
GETTING HERE: From the Butterfly Park, walk along Jalan Cenderasari and keep right. You’ll eventually reach the National Mosque on your right from the back entrance. Walk to the front, past the many water fountains, to where you can find counters for robes which is required to enter if you’re not properly attired (shorts, short sleeves). Take off your shoes before you step up the stairs.
Upon entering this vast and majestic mosque, you’ll see beautiful Islamic architecture, and the most eye-catching would be these tall pillars.
The walls outside also have interesting patterns, which allows shades of light into the compound, making it a serene and peaceful place to be at.
You can take a peek inside the beautiful praying hall from aside, but to step inside is off-limit to non-Muslims. You can see that it’s adorned with intricate windows and chandeliers, giving it a magical blueish atmosphere.
You also won’t miss the breathtaking 74m-tall minaret in the middle of the mosque, with its reflection in front of a small pool. This is where the prayers are called out, which can be heard from afar.
To the further end of the mosque is the Heroes’ Tomb (Makan Pahlawan), where you’ll find the tombs of two of the former prime ministers of Malaysia.
Also, from the mosque you can have great views of the nearby Malayan Railway Administration Building, which looks really old and decrepit, and that’s where we’re going to next!
Some Useful Info
- Visiting Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 9am-12pm, 3pm-4pm, 5.30pm-6.30pm Friday: 3pm-4pm, 5.30pm-6.30pm
- Fees: Free, including robes!
- Location: https://goo.gl/maps/siTQekq1Ts22
Railway Administration Building & KL Train Station
Across the road from the National Mosque is the Railway Administration Building. This building looks old and decaying but it still houses the office for Malayan Railways Ltd (KTMB). Only employees of KTMB are allowed to enter, so you can only admire the historic building from the outside.
Across the busy road in front of KTMB is the eye-catching Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. This historic building was designed by British architect AB Hubback in 1911, and has Moorish and Moghul inspirations. This building used to be the transport hub of the city, until the nearby KL Sentral took over.
There is an underpass to get across this busy road, leading directly to the KL Station. The building looks like it’s from a different time, yet there are still trains stopping here.
Along with the KTMB building, these are the only buildings in this rapidly growing city that stood the test of time. Walking past them really feels like you’ve gone to a different place, back in time.
Crossing the underpass again and walk ahead a few meters and you’ll reach the Hotel Majestic, with its roots dating from 1932, and was recently reopened on 2012. Unfortunately, only hotel guests are allowed inside, but it does make for an interesting place to stay at.
Another 400m ahead and you’ll reach the National Museum. It is an interesting place to visit if you would like to know more about Malaysia’s rich history and multiracial culture, dating from prehistoric times to the modern era. On this visit, though, I merely passed by for a cup of coffee.