Malaysia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. It’s also extremely popular with Muslim tourists who enjoy visiting this Islamic country to see its many Islamic attractions. Of course, these Islamic attractions can all be visited by non-Muslims. Just make sure you adhere to the local customs (wear conservative clothing, behave appropriately etc), when visiting one.
The National Mosque (Masjid Negara) – Of course, one of the most visited Islamic attractions for visitors to Malaysia is the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia’s most important mosque, and its largest, it’s centrally located near the railway station, so easy to get to. The National Mosque is built within beautiful gardens, where you can walk, relax or just contemplate life. It’s also where several of Malaysia’s past prime ministers are buried, so interesting to see. The building itself is gorgeous, and although plain on the outside (other than the blue star-shaped roof), is actually ornate and quite spectacular on the inside. There is no entrance fee. Visitors are just asked to be quiet and to dress appropriately (no revealing outfits, as you will be denied entry). Jalan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur 50480 Malaysia
The Blue Mosque – The Blue Mosque or the, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, in Shah Alam is one of the most famous Islamic mosques in the world. It has the world’s tallest minaret and is known for its use of Malay design elements intertwined with traditional Islamic features. The Blue Mosque is next to the Garden of Islamic Arts, so is a wonderful Islamic attraction for a day trip as you can see both places in one day. Easiest way to get to The Blue Mosque (and the Garden of Islamic Arts) is take the KL Komuter train from KL Sentral Station. Get off at the Shah Alam station and get a taxi. The journey takes around 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur.
Islamic Arts Museum – Another famous Islamic attraction in Malaysia is the Islamic Arts Musem in downtown Kuala Lumpur. This impressive museum has thousands of exhibits of Islamic arts, from ceramics to coins, metalwork to guns and armor and, of course, old manuscripts including ancient copies of the Qur’an. The museum has two temporary galleries, with special exhibitions on display that change often. There’s also a huge museum shop and an excellent restaurant, where you can get incredible Middle Eastern food. The Islamic Arts Museum is on Jalan Lembah Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, next to the National Mosque.
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque – The Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is one of the most visited mosques in Malaysia because it’s so old and a very popular Islamic attraction for Muslim tourists. Located in the southern coastal town of Johor Bahru, it was opened in 1900 and is said to have architecture that’s based on colonial British style, with some Islamic features. The Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is large, with room for more than 2,000 worshipers at a time. There’s a beautiful garden behind it and don’t miss seeing the mosque at night. All lit up and overlooking Johor Bahru, it’s absolutely stunning. Johor Bahru itself is actually walkable from Singapore, so you can see both places if you like. Easiest way to get to the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is via taxi from Singapore or by bus or train from Kuala Lumpur.
Islamic Arts Museum
Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque