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Thursday, September 6, 2012

I regret visiting the BLUE MOSQUE at Shah Alam

Weeks after going back to Manila,I am still trying to evaluate if my decision to visit the BLUE MOSQUE in Shah Alam was a mistake.

The reasons,the KTM Commuter line which took us to Batu Caves is the same line to Shah Alam.I was tempted to take it with the thought that it would be more convenient.More convenient indeed but I never anticipated that the train is soooooo slow.The slowest among all trains in KL I was told by my friend Mark afterwards.20 stations took us around 1.5hours to Shah Alam.Once there,we took the taxi for RM 10 (taxi drivers wouldn't agree to use the meter,to my disappointment coz it should be metered.)
the BLUE MOSQUE_Malaysia 
the BLUE MOSQUE at Shah Alam

The taxi driver told us that Friday prayers are ongoing so it would be impossible for my wife to get inside the mosque coz she was wearing shorts.We were too excited to go around KL I forgot to tell my wife that I have listed a few mosques in the itinerary.To add to that,Friday prayers are exclusively to men. My wife being new to a Muslim country and who has watched several you tube videos of women being stoned to death by extremist Muslims felt fear and panic.


She was therefore uneasy the whole time we were walking around the Mosque Complex to take photos from outside the gate.I reassured her that Malaysia is different and that Muslims in the country are moderate in their practice of Islam and interpretation of the Koran.

She believed me but was still uncomfortable despite that which was aggravated when the prayers ended and we saw men flooding the surrounding streets.All 24,000 of them.Yes,that's the capacity of 24,000 worshipers at a time. It is Malaysia's largest mosque and also the second largest mosque in Southeast Asia after Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia.


The Blue Mosque is also known as Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque.Its blue and silver dome is 51.2m in diameter and rises up to a height of 106.7m. There are 4 minarets with a height of 142.3m known to be one of the tallest in the world.It's just unfortunate that we were not able to enter even the premises as I didn't want to leave my wife behind.


Take RapidKL bus number 63 or 338 from Kuala Lumpur and stop at the bus station near Maybank building in Shah Alam city centre. From here, take a taxi to the mosque area.


Take KTM Commuter until Shah Alam Station.From there, take the taxi (no other option) to the Blue Mosque which is approximately 5 minutes away.Taxi';s are metered so if you are good at haggling,you can win against the taxi drivers who would ask for a fixed rate of either RM10 or RM15. 10 is reasonable,15 is too much.Good luck.

The total time spent on the train,the taxi,taking photos,taxi back to Shah Alam Station and back to Central Station took almost 4 hours.All for the sake of taking pictures outside its gates.That's the reason why I was wondering if it was all worth it.In my heart,I wished we could have gone south to Putrajaya instead.

And what about the title of this post?Don't mind it. I think it is a rare opportunity to see a Mosque this Grand.I am still to have come as close as I can get to the BLUE MOSQUE of Shah Alam.

This post is part of my Malaysia2.0 Series:Feel free to read the rest of the entries here: http://www.pusangkalye.net/search/label/Malaysia2.0

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  1. akala ko kung anong drama to.. yung travel, kabagot naman.. malayo na nga ang mararating nun kung sakali pero engrande naman ang mosque.. ganda.. :P

  2. awwww. never pa aq napadpad sa shah alam baka etong weekend plang. sayang nde tau nag kita ulet! mukhang malinis yang mosque na yan infairness. mapuntahan nga yan. kaso kelangan jan nde naka shorts. hirap pa naman gumala ng naka pants! hehe

  3. i remember when you told me about this that teresa was scared of her early perceptions about muslims. as you mentioned in the post, it's different here in malaysia. peaceful in my own view. if there are issues related to such, perhaps isolated or quite discreet.

    i like the 3rd photo in this post, anton.
    nice capture of the dome!
    it should have been the first photo in this post, in my humble opinion. :)

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  4. ang ganda ng pictures... ^__^ hello there.

  5. oopps un lang sayang nmn mukang maganda pa nmn

  6. Nice photos!

    They said it's more majestic during at night, kaya dadalawin namin to this sunday evening. :)

    Btw, There are two grand mosques in Putrajaya :) The Pink and the Iron Mosque

  7. I am a local around that area and I feel tinge of sadness from ur experience. wish someone could have brought u around better and show you the best side of s.alam or the mosque. yes, i do feel the gated design of the mosque makes non muslim feels insecure bt rest assured the we locals welcome everyone to the mosque. best way is to ask any female assistant around for the mosque cos they provide scarfes or skirt if you want to venture in the mosque interior.

    the mosque are actually connected to a lake side or shah alam park. next time, i recommend for you to take a stroll there in the morning or whenever it's not too hot.we have big birds on the lake and if u look up in sm trees, sm interesting nests are up there. cheers!

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