Malaysia is known to have beautiful sceneries, from relaxing beaches to tropical rainforests, but if there’s one more scenery that can represent Malaysia, it is the intricate architecture behind all its mosques. You don’t have to be religious to be captivated by the beauty these mosques present.
Here are my top picks for what I deem as the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia.
- Crystal Mosque, Terengganu
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To really enjoy the beauty of its architecture, visiting it at night would be the best choice. Built in 2008, this grand mosque is made of steel, glass and crystal, which comes alive with a mesmerising display of lights at night. Adding to its beauty is the fact that it is built by the river, making it truly a sight to behold.
- Floating Mosque, Terengganu
Also located in Terengganu, the Floating Mosque got its name because its structure is built atop a river, with bridges connected as a passage for people to walk in. The design is unique because of its pure white exterior, with architecture that incorporates elements like marble, ceramics and mosaic.
- Chinese Mosque, Malacca
I’ve always been interested in traditional architecture, so, being able to see this Chinese Mosque was interesting. It uses Chinese architecture on the outside, and one might even mistake it as a temple. On the inside, however, while its walls and ceilings stay true to the predominant architecture, the concept is strongly based on the insides of any other mosque. Its two towers have become an iconic landmark among locals.
- Putra Mosque, Putrajaya
Located next to the Prime Minister’s office, the Putra Mosque has also become a famous local landmark since its erection in 1999. The pink dome with rose-tinted granite is its signature, and the colour is even more apparent when illuminated by an orange sky. It’s arguably one of the most popular mosques to visit, even when compared globally.
- Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
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If there’s one word I could use to describe it, the word would be extravagant. The architectural design is based on the Nabawi Mosque in Medina, with an Arabic-inspired blue-and-gold dome being its signature. Locals sometimes call it the floating mosque because it’s surrounded by a human-made lagoon, not to be confused with the one in Terengganu, which is built on an actual river.
- Iron Mosque, Putrajaya
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Its official name is actually the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, but that’s probably quite a mouthful to say. While it is only the second principal mosque in Putrajaya, its massive size easily accommodates 1.5 times more worshippers compared to the Putra Mosque. Its name, ‘Iron Mosque’ comes from what it’s made of; mostly steel and wire mesh. Its main entrance is made with glass reinforced with concrete, making it stronger, which is perhaps another reason for its name.
- Malacca Straits Mosque, Malacca
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This mosque can be found on the man-made island of Pulau Melaka, and has been opened for almost 12 years upon its completion in 2006. It combines Middle Eastern and Malay architecture into a beautiful masterpiece, going for the classic gold for its dome. When the tide is high and the underwater pillars are hidden, it does look like it is floating, and in all honesty, I’m sensing a pattern here, where most popular mosques are built on water. Hmm.
- Al Bukhary Mosque, Kedah
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This structure is apparently named after a billionaire who funded the mosque; Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary. It’s designed as part of the Al-Bukhary housing complex, providing public facilities like community centres, orphanages, and medical centres. I personally felt that it was built to look like a royal house, because that’s how grand it looks, with its white walls and cerulean domes, and palm trees lining its entrance.
- Blue Mosque, Selangor
Rightfully known as the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque, the Blue Mosque is located in Shah Alam, and it is the state mosque of Selangor. It’s the largest mosque in Malaysia, and second largest in the entire Southeast Asia. It’s called the Blue Mosque due to its large silver-lined blue dome, and blue elements lining its white structure.
- Ubudiah Royal Mosque, Perak
Source: Salehi Hassan
This mosque ranks quite highly on the list of Malaysia’s most beautiful mosques. Located in Kuala Kangsar, its beauty lies within the golden domes and minarets that create a beautiful sight, whether from near or far. It’s designed by the same designer who did the Ipoh Railway Station.