With its white and vermilion-coloured minarets and domes, open arcades surrounded by coconut palms and a unique location at the confluence of two rivers, Masjid Jamek is a mosque unlike any other.
Jalan Tun Perak,
50050 Kuala Lumpur,
A 5-minute walk from Independence Square (Dataran Merdeka), Masjid Jamek Mosque is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur.
Completed in 1909, Masjid Jamek Mosque was the city’s main mosque until 1965 when Masjid Negara (National Mosque) took over.
Masjid Jamek Mosque bears a stark resemblance to other iconic buildings in Kuala Lumpur such as the Old KL Railway Station, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Panggung Bandaraya, as they were all designed by British architect Arthur B. Hubback, who deployed an Indian-Muslim Mughal architectural style with Moorish and Indo-Saracenic influences when constructing the building.
This unique blend of styles, culminating in the mosque’s white and vermilion-coloured minarets and domes, and open arcades surrounded by coconut palms, makes it one of the Malaysian capital’s most exotic buildings and it is deservedly considered as one of its most interesting sights.
The peacefulness and serenity surrounding Masjid Jamek Mosque is enhanced by its unique location right at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers, near the original settlement and birthplace of Kuala Lumpur.
Note: Visitors are advised to observe the rules of dressing and decorum, which are listed at the entrance. Men are not allowed to wear shorts and women must cover their head, arms and knees.
Admission to the mosque is free.
Daily from 8.00am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
How to get to Masjid Jamek Mosque
Masjid Jamek Mosque is located in a busy area downtown next to Merdeka Square.
The mosque is conveniently located beside Masjid Jamek LRT station located on both the Ampang and Kelana Jaya LRT Line.
If you are on the KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus, get off at Merdeka Square for the short walk to the mosque.