Putra Mosque is a striking building, inside and out, on a lake in the new city of Putrajaya, near Kuala Lumpur.
- Opening hours:
- Saturday – Thursday: 09:00 to 12:30, 14:00 to 16:00, and 17:30 to 18:00.
- Friday: 15:00 to 16:00, and 17:30 to 18:00.
- Entrance fee: Free
About Putra Mosque
Putra Mosque was completed in 1999 to coincide with the planned moved of the main administrative offices of the Federal Government of Malaysia from Kuala Lumpur to the new city of Putrajaya. Putrajaya was a massive undertaking on the part of the Malaysian Government as a solution to overcrowding in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and also has a modern vision of what a new planned urban centre could look like. Amongst Putrajaya’s environmentally friendly features is the 6.5 square kilometre Purtrajaya Lake which is the focal point of the new city around which its most important buildings, including the Putra Mosque, are located.
Not so many foreign tourists come to Putrajaya. However, this new city is actually very interesting with a number of attractions to visit. It is also very easy to get there from Kuala Lumpur. There are frequent departures to Putrajaya on the KLIA Transit line which runs from Kuala Lumpur to the International Airport. Services depart from KL Sentral Station and take only 18 minutes to reach Putrajaya. From Putrajaya Sentral Station it’s 4.4 km to Putra Mosque. We recommend taking a taxi for this last part of the journey.
Putra Mosque is Malaysia’s largest mosque. The lower level of the main hall can accommodate up to 8,000 worshippers (this is where men and boys pray), the upper level of the main hall a further 2,000 worshippers (women and girls), and the courtyard a further 5,000 worshippers. Putra Mosque is also South East Asia’s largest mosque constructed over water.
The mosque features a number of different design styles. The 112 metre tall minaret resembles the minaret at the Sheikh Omar Mosque in Baghdad, whilst the base walls are reminiscent of the King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca. The most striking feature of Putra Mosque, however, is the pink granite main dome, which is 50 metres tall. The exact inspiration for the use of pink granite is unknown but it reminds many of the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul and the Hawa Mahal Palace in Jaipur.
Location of Putra Mosque
- Putra Mosque is located 33.7 km by road from Kuala Lumpur Sental Station.