Location: Jalan Tun Perak, KL
Built in: 1907
Significance: Oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur
How To Reach: One can easily reach Jamek Mosque by hiring taxis,
or by boarding trains, buses from the city.
Masjid Jamek is acclaimed to be the oldest mosques of Kuala Lumpur.
Located at the convergence of Klang and Gombak Rivers, the mosque was
built in the year 1907. It used to be main mosque of Kuala Lumpur until
Masjid Negara acquired its position in 1965. Another considerable fact
about the mosque is that, it was constructed on the first Malay Burial
Ground in KL. Jamek Mosque was opened by the then Sultan of
Selangor-Sultan Sir Alauddin Sulaiman Shah, in 1909.
This remarkable red-brick and marble structure boasts highly of its
Moorish architecture, in fact, is a nice specimen of North-Indian
Islamic architecture. The mosque was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback,
the same British engineer who worked upon the renowned Sultan Abdul
Samad Building too. It encompasses three domes that cover the prayer
hall. Its brick walls and arched colonnades are topped by numerous
cupolas and minarets.
While the 21.3m high central dome dominates the skyline, the two 26.8m
high minarets in red and white stripes at the corners stand upright in
perfect conjunction. At that point of time, its construction cost RM32,
which was raised by donation from the Malaysian community and Government
funds. Commonly known as the Friday Mosque, Masjid Jamek receives loads
of people who come for their ritual prayers on Friday. The term 'Jamek'
(Jamik) is Arabic and actually means a congregation place.
The mosque is an unspoiled place that heaves in peace and tranquility,
together with its coconut palms and curved steps touching the water's
edge. It is to be found close to some of the major tourist places, like
Merdeka Sqaure, Royal Club, Chinatown, etc. As you're heading for a
mosque, remember to wear modest clothes. And altogether, a visit to
Jamek Masjid would be an enlightening experience.