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National Mosque of Malaysia & Islamic Art Museum

The Masjid Negara, also known as the National Mosque, stands as an iconic symbol of unity for the nation and a stunning example of Islamic Architecture.

Explore the National Mosque with Day Tour of KL

Useful Info

  • 2 Islamic Architecture / Place of Worship
  • bus-icon Unlimited stops for 1-2 days pass
  • 3 Free Entry to Mosque
  • train-icon Nearest Station Masjid Jamek LRT
  • 1 RM 40 for 48 hours pass (Int. Travellers)

What to expect

Unlimited stops along the route stopping at major places of interest in Kuala Lumpur including the Masjid Negara and Isamic Art Musuem. You will be able to explore Botanic Gardens, Bird Park and Chinatown area in the same trip. 

How to get to The National Mosque and Museum of Islamic Art in Kuala Lumpur

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Masjid Jamek/ Pasar Seni - LRT or Kl Sentral Station

If you enjoy strolling, the closest station to the National Mosque is Pasar Seni near Chinatown and Central Market. However, since there are limited walkways from KL Sentral, it is advised to take a cab, which is an affordable and convenient option.

I chose to stay near Central Market KL, which allowed me to have a delightful walk to Merdeka Square. As I followed the footpath along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, I was greeted by a vibrant underpass adorned with captivating murals on both sides. It was an invigorating stroll that took me approximately 10 minutes, and as the road opened up, I was met with the striking KTM building and a spacious area with Masjid Negara on the right side. From there, it was just a short and enjoyable walk to the Islamic Art Museum, making it a convenient and memorable experience. 

TIP: It is best recommended to explore the Central Mosque, Merdeka Square, KL Gallery, and the National Mosque as a part of a half-day self-guided tour. 


Arriving at the National Mosque of Malaysia

There is no entry fee to the mosque, however, as a place of worship, there are certain etiquettes to be followed. Here are some basic rules:

  • Men are expected to wear long shorts or trousers 
  • Women are required to cover their bodies, a hoodie-style burqa is available at the entrance
  • Leave your shoe on the shoe rack
  • Do not make noise and respect the sanctity of the mosque
  • Do not walk in front of people offering their salaat (prayers)

Beautiful Architecture and Islamic motifs used in the construction and design of the Mosque

The architecture of Masjid Negara beautifully embodies the core principles of Islamic society in Malaysia. Through the use of intricate Islamic motifs, patterns, and vibrant color schemes, the mosque carries a deeper significance that encompasses the fundamental beliefs of the Muslim religion, such as the Unity of God, Modesty, Sincerity, Respect, and Balance.

These principles are thoughtfully reflected in the careful selection of patterns and designs, taking into consideration both aesthetics and the teachings of Islam. The repetitive geometric patterns in the design symbolize the repetitive remembrance of God, known as zikr. Additionally, the delicate trellis-like veils not only serve to separate prayer rooms for women but also serve as a powerful symbol of modesty (haya).

Experience the breathtaking architecture of Masjid Negara, where every detail has been meticulously crafted to honor the core values of Islam and create a serene and harmonious atmosphere for worship.


The open courtyards and space capture the design from Moorish and early Islamic Architecture which are quite common in the mosques built in the Middle East and North Africa. The use of geometric patterns and fountains is reflective of this approach in design. 


A sundial in an open courtyard signifies the time value and time and accuracy of saying Muslim prayers throughout the day. 

The use of rich symbolism both in the interior and exterior design of the structure blends in beautifully with Islamic teachings and principles. At the same time, a big umbrella-like canopy reflects various races living under one roof which reinforces Malaysia's sense of racial harmony. 


Islamic Art Museum

The Islamic Art Museum is a must-visit destination for art and history enthusiasts. Here, you will find an extraordinary collection of Islamic art, literature, design, and memorabilia, gathered from various dynasties that shaped the world after the passing of Muhammad (PBUH).


What sets this collection apart is the way historical artifacts are displayed linearly, creating a captivating journey through the timeline of Islamic history. As you explore, you will encounter the various dynasties that reigned during the Islamic Caliphate, each leaving their unique mark on the world. The rule of following dynasties is captured along a historical timeline in the museum:

  • The Ummayids ( 661-670 AD )

  • Abbasids (750-861 AD)

  • Suljuks  (11TH AND 14TH CENTURY)

  • Ottoman Empire (1300 -1923 )

Immerse yourself in a treasure trove of cultural artifacts, exquisite jewelry, captivating literature, and historic legal documents that offer a fascinating glimpse into the opulent lifestyle and diverse influences of this region. As Islam spread across the globe through both warfare and trade, it absorbed the rich cultural tapestry and vibrant diversity from the heart of Asia to the farthest reaches of the East, leaving a lasting impact on the world.


Another fascinating section of the museum showcases replicas of significant buildings from the modern Islamic world, including iconic structures like the Kaaba, Faisal Mosque, Masjid Negara, and many other renowned architectural wonders from across the globe.

These replicas offer a captivating glimpse into the diverse and awe-inspiring Islamic architecture found in various parts of the world. Visitors can marvel at the intricate details and grandeur of these structures, further immersing themselves in the rich cultural heritage of Islam.


Ticket: RM 15 

Features: Art Gallery / Exhibition / Restaurant.