9 Stunning Mosques in Malaysia You Must Visit

Mosques, like cathedrals, are understood to be the centre of worship and all things religion, namely for those of the Muslim faith. Evident in the magnificence of their architecture, these structures are the epitome of history’s ever-evolving eras. Here’s only a few to name in Malaysia that you should not miss!

#1 Masjid Kristal, Terengganu

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Opening its doors to the public in 2008, Masjid Kristal is located in the state’s Islamic Heritage Park on Wan Man Island. It is built of steel, glass, and crystal that contribute to its magnificent glow. The reflecting light from the surrounding body of water adds to the crystalised exterior look this mosque is known for. A character of modernization, the mosque is furnished with IT facilities including Wi-Fi and applies energy-efficiency with solar panel cells, thus making it the first ‘smart-mosque’ in the country.

Visiting Hours
  • Mon – Thurs
    • 10am – 7pm
  • Fri – Sun, School & Public Holiday
    • 9am – 7pm
Friday Prayers 11:30am – 2:30pm (daily)
Park Entrance Fee
  • RM20 (Adults)
  • RM10 (Children)
Architectural Influence
  • Moorish
  • Gothic
Address Pulau Wan Man, 21000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Bus Operators to Kuala Terengganu

#2 Masjid Zahir, Kedah

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Set in the heart of Alor Setar, Kedah, the structure is regarded as one of the world’s top 10 most beautiful mosques around. It is also one of the oldest and grandest within the country! A noteworthy feature is its domes that symbolize the five(5) pillars of Islam – Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, Sawm and Hajj.

Visiting Hours Flexible
Architectural Influence
  • Moorish
  • Indo-Saracenic
Address Jalan Kampung Perak, Bandar Alor Setar, 05150 Alor Setar, Kedah
Bus Operators to Alor Setar

#3 Masjid Ubudiah, Perak

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Designed by the same English architect (Hubback, B.) for both the Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur railway stations, this golden dome mosque is situated in the royal city of Kuala Kangsar, Perak. History has it that although construction of the mosque started in 1913, it was only completed in 1917 due to a fight between Sultan Idris’ and Raja Chulan’s elephants – resulting in the ruin of imported Italian marble intended for the structure. Located nearby is Bukit Chandan Royal Mausoleum.

Visiting Hours 10am – 5pm (daily)
Architectural Influence
  • Indo-Saracenic
  • Moorish
Address Jalan Istana, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Negeri Perak
Bus Operators to Kuala Kangsar

#4 Masjid Selat Melaka, Melaka

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The Masjid Selat Melaka is often mistakenly assumed as part of the rich Melakan history this state offers. Built on the coast of man-made land, the structure is complete with minarets resembling that of lighthouses and a sea blue and green stained glass arch in front, making it seem like a floating mosque.

Visiting Hours Flexible
Architectural Influence
  • Islamic
  • Middle-Eastern
Address  Jalan Pulau Melaka 8, 75000 Melaka
Bus Operators to Melaka

#5 Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, Putrajaya

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Alternatively called the Iron Mosque, the still-touch of the structure sticks out like a sore thumb in the administrative capital. It was officiated and named by Malaysia’s 13th Agong, Sultan Mizan Abidin. A unique feature of the mosque is its glass panel mihrab wall imprinted with verses from the Quran, giving the impression of the words floating mid-air.

Visiting Hours
  • Sat – Thurs
    • 9am – 12pm
    • 2pm – 4pm
    • 5:30pm – 6pm
  • Friday
    • 3pm – 4:30pm
    • 5:30pm – 6pm 
Architectural Influence
  • Islamic
  • German
  • Chinese
Address 25, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Presint 3, 62100 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Nearby Train Station Putrajaya Sentral
Bus Operators to Putrajaya

#6 Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Selangor

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Not to be mistaken as the Blue Mosque in Turkey, Malaysia has its very own in Shah Alam! Layered with steel, aluminium, lumber and glass, the beauty of the mosque is ever evident when the lights illuminate the night skies and exudes a calming blue hue. It is the largest mosque in the country and had the world’s tallest minarets (142m) until surpassed by Morocco’s Hassan II Mosque.

Visiting Hours
  • Sat – Thurs
    • 9am – 1pm
    • 2pm – 4pm
    • 5pm – 7pm
  • Friday
    • 9am – 12pm
    • 3pm – 7pm
Architectural Influence
  • Middle Eastern
  • Modern and traditional Islamic
Address Persiaran Masjid St., Sekysen 14, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
Bus Operators to Shah Alam

#7 Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur

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Conveniently located in the bustle of Kuala Lumpur, Masjid Jamek (alternatively known as Masjid Sultan Abdul Samad mosque) is probably one of the most – if not the most – accessible mosque around. The century-old structure offers a beautiful scenery as it is situated at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers.

Visiting Hours 8:30am – 12:30pm, 2:30pm – 4:30pm (daily, except Fridays)
Architectural Influence
  • Mughal
  • Indo-Saracenic
  • Moorish
Address Jalan Tun Perak, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Nearby Train Station LRT Masjid Jamek
Bus Operators to Kuala Lumpur

#8 Masjid Raja Haji Fisabilillah, Selangor

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The Cyberjaya-based mosque is the first in Malaysia to have received a Platinum – Green Building Index award. Its usage of energy-efficient LED lighting, all-natural air ventilation, solar paneled rooftop, and rainwater harvesting system highlight its environmental friendliness. And by providing facilities that accommodate to elders and the disabled, children and families, and activities and events, the mosque is a favourite destination. Constructed in 2006, it is only 30km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Visiting Hours Flexible
Architectural Influence
  • Modern, futuristic
Address Persiaran Semarak Api, Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya
Bus Operators to Cyberjaya Currently, none. Visitors can board a bus to Putrajaya and continue to the mosque via taxi or ride-hailing services.

#9 Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah, Terengganu

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Masjid Zaharah or ‘Floating Mosque’, literally rests above the waters of Kuala Ibai Lagoon. Named after the state sultan’s mother, the structure beautifully incorporates marble, ceramic, mosaic artwork and bomanite materials. Its touch of modern and Moorish designs make it an iconic Islamic symbol in Malaysia.

Visiting Hours Flexible
Architectural Influence
  • Modern
  • Moorish
Address Jalan Batu Buruk, 20400 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Bus Operators to Kuala Terengganu

Malaysia is filled with monumental buildings like these and never fail to leave you awed wherever you go. Some of these mosques are quite far from where you may be but don’t worry, CatchThatBus has you covered.

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