The National Mosque, Malaysia is not only for muslims to worship. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations and tourists visit this mosque to admire its architecture. Traditional islamic art style is used in the architecture of this mosque which is inspired by the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Tourists who could not visit Mecca can visit this place and experience the same architecture here. It took three years to construct this mosque. It was first opened to the public in 1965. It is one of the most alluring mosques in the entire South East Asia.
The main dome is decorated with thousands of tiles colored in green and blue. The dome is in the shape of an umbrella. It signifies 13 states of Malaysia and 5 pillars of Islam. 48 smaller green domes complement the main dome. The mosque is built in beautiful gardens which enhances the experience of the visitor and increases its beauty. The mosque is serene and beautiful on the inside as well as the outside.
The first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haiz, chose the location of the mosque. The location is such that people can easily get there as it is situated just opposite to the Kuala Lumpur Railway station. Tourists can visit the mosque daily from 9:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M. a person must be dressed to go inside the mosque. Women are required to cover their head before entering. If you do not have anything to cover your head, you can use robes which are loaned there. People remove their shoes outside before entering the mosque. It is a great place where you can worship, enjoy the serenity and appreciate the beautiful architecture.