Masjid Jamek or Jamek Mosque, is a sight to behold with its Moghul and Moorish inspired architecture. It was designed by a British Architect, Brigadier General Arthur Benison Hubback, who was responsible for quite a lot of architectural design in the late 19th century and early 20th century. It is an magnificent building, with its red brickwork, three domes, minarets and arches.
Masjid = mosque in Arabic and Malay
Jamek = in Arabic, this means congregating for the purpose of worship
Masjid Jamek, which is situated at the point where the Klang and Gombak rivers meet, is a magnet for both locals and tourists alike. The locals go there for their daily prayers with the mosque being full to capacity and beyond for Friday noon prayers as mosques tend to be in Muslim countries, hence its local moniker “the Friday mosque”.
How do you get to Masjid Jamek?
A taxi would be easy enough of course, but you have to bear in mind the crazy KL traffic in the centre of town, although you are usually pretty safe between the hours of 10.30am to 4pm.
LRT – is the easiest way. You want to get on the Kelana Jaya line and get off at the Masjid Jamek station and there is no way you can miss the pretty mosque!
Visiting hours for Masjid Jamek:
Unless you’re a Muslim there to pray:
8.30 – 12.30
2.30 – 4.30
Be sensible with your dress, although you will be given a robe or large scarf to cover up.
Masjid Jamek is also situated close to so many other areas of interest for tourists and shoppers. Within a short walking distance is of course the Merdeka (independence) Square and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Further on, you’ll have Chinatown, Little India and the Central Market.
And since a post on LinsFood isn’t complete with at least the mention of food, here are some typical Malaysian recipes you might enjoy.