Photo: What a setting.

Jamek Mosque

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Set at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, Jamek Mosque is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur and if you have time for just the one mosque during your visit, this should be it.

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Designed by A B Hubback (the same Brit responsible for many of the grandiose colonial buildings around Merdeka Square) and built between 1908 and 1909, Jamek Mosque (official name Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque, though colloquially the mosque is known as “Friday Mosque”) was built upon the site of a cemetery at the confluence of the two rivers.

The main approach. Photo taken in or around Jamek Mosque, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

The main approach. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Despite the successful beautification of the river area around here, today, with the rivers’ concrete walls, the mosque still feels like it is at the meeting point of two stormwater drains rather than two rivers—though the fountains and misting do help a lot though, as does the lovely shade trees on the far bank of the Gombak River. It must have been quite a different setting before the rivers were all hemmed in by the surrounding urban concrete.

As with Hubback’s other efforts over in Merdeka Square, the architecture took an evocative Mughal influenced approach and, with the mosques two tall minarets and the swaying palms, you can feel a world away from the city that surrounds you here. Aside from the two tall minarets, the mosque has three garlic-shaped domes and two smaller decorative minarets by the entrance. Within (shoes off please!) enjoy the cool tile under foot and do take a look inside the beautifully understated prayer chamber, as here (unlike at the National Mosque) non-Muslims are allowed to enter the ... Travelfish members only (Around 300 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Jamek Mosque
Jalan Tun Perak, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Free

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