Beautiful “floating” mosque
Published/Last edited or updated: 11th May, 2017
Echoing the fleets of ships that have sailed through the Straits of Melaka for centuries, the white “sails” of the Melaka Strait Mosque curve gracefully as though to catch the wind, floating on the shores of Pulau Melaka.
This grand mosque is an impressive example of contemporary Islamic architecture although sails were probably not the intention of the architect as the vernacular should reflect god and nature not man made objects like ships.
Regardless, the curved petals and golden dome are a striking sight. Completed in 2006, the design is more a mishmash of Middle Eastern styles (popular in Malaysia) than Malay, although the minaret makes a nod to the pagoda-like minarets of the older “Melaka Style” mosques like Kampung Hulu and Tengkera Mosque, and has the duel function of a lighthouse (literally as well as metaphorically). The cool white interior opens to the sea allowing the refreshing breeze to waft through lofty archways framed by jali decoration and stained glass. An oceanside platform offers a place for quiet contemplation as you stare out to the horizon.
Non-Muslim visitors are welcome inside the mosque outside of prayer times, and friendly guides are provided free of charge. Modest dress is required and robes and headscarfs can be borrowed. Come for sunset and stay to see as the Melaka Strait Mosque lights up at night and reflects on the water, a beautiful sight. Pulau Melaka is connected via a land bridge, about three-and-a-half kilometres from the colonial district. Ride a bike (with lights at night!) or grab a taxi, as there’s no public transport.
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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