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Friday, October 12, 2007

OUR TREASURES:
Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque







The stunningly majestic Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah in Shah Alam is the largest mosque in Malaysia. It is also the 2nd largest in the whole of Southeast Asia. Its modern yet Malay-traditional architecture makes it one of the most magnificent places of worship in our region.

The mosque was built for 6 years and finished in 1988. It was commissioned by the 28th Sultan of Selangor and was named after him to commemorate his declaration of Shah Alam as the new capital of the State of Selangor.

People fondly call it - The Blue Mosque” because of its beautiful Persian blue dome with white intertwining beams which happens to be the largest dome in the country. The 4 minarets on its corners are the second tallest in the world at 460 feet – it used to be the tallest until a mosque in Morocco later took the title. The dome is set with computerized lighting system to create a beautiful illusion of a starry night!

How to get there…If you wanna drive from Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam is about 25km away and can be reached by the federal highway towards Klang – drive all the way to BT3 Toll Plaza and take Kayangan Exit after it. If you wanna take the taxi (although, not advisable) the fare is about 40 Ringgit only – it’s about 45 mins. drive. If you’re the bus-riding-kind, take RapidKL Bus. No. 63 or 338 from KL to Shah Alam city center.

Visiting hours are from 9am to 4pm Monday – Thursday; 9am - 6pm Saturday - Sunday and Public Holidays. Please remember that this magnificent building is a place of worship and not a museum or a theme park. People come here to pray and be at peace so, be respectful.



The majestic Blue Mosque of the East – Treasure of Southeast Asia.

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8 Comments:

riain said...

Happy Eid!

Ahmed said...

Thanks for featuring this too. :)

Carlos Javier said...

If this is the second-largest mosque in SEA, what's the largest? The newer one in Brunei?

Anyway...to our Muslim brothers & sisters, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!

+6687744XXX said...

I'm sending this by mobile fone, I hope it goes through...@ Carlos, the largest is Masjid Istiqlal in Jakarta. -- Pisanu

Carlos Javier said...

Oh, I see... The Istiqlal Mosque. Yup, I checked it out already. Accomodates 120,000 people (more than almost all of the world's stadiums).

Thanks Pisanu! ;)

Lea said...

ow, been here! miss Shah Alam already.

Lawrence said...

Awesome!

It kinda looks like the Hegia Sofia in Turkey

moris said...

this mosque is one of the most beautiful in Malaysia..
it such a treasure of Southeast Asia

thanks pisanu !

moris

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