Fascinating Floating Mosques in Malaysia

Malaysia is a multiracial nation that is rich in culture and heritage. Being a Muslim majority country, it is filled with various beautiful mosques. Apart from a venue for congregational prayers, mosques also serve as a community center.

Mosques are well-known for their enchanting features that are shown through the architecture. In addition to prominent features like minarets and domes, its location also plays an important role. Malaysia has a number of mosques that were built on stilts above water, which make them appear as if they’re floating. These are 8 fascinating floating mosques in Malaysia that are worth visiting:


Putra Mosque

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Also known as the ‘Pink Mosque’, this impressive pink granite mosque stands proudly overlooking the scenic man-made lake in the heart of Putrajaya. The design of the mosque is a blend of Persian Islamic architecture and Malay craftsmanship. Its signature pink dome and 116-meter minaret can be seen from afar. Open to public since 1999, Putra Mosque can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any one time.

Address: Persiaran Persekutuan, Presint 1, 62502 Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm



Melaka Strait Mosque

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Located on a man-made island named Pulau Melaka, Melaka Strait Mosque is the one and only mosque built at the coast of the strait, at the water level of the sea. Built on stilts above the sea, the mosque appears to float during high tide. Adorned with stained glass windows of different shades, this mosque is a hybrid of Middle Eastern and Malay architecture.

Address: Jalan Pulau Melaka 8, 75000 Melaka
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 am – 9.00 pm (During prayers time)



Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque

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Located on the beachfront at Tanjung Bungah on Penang Island, this floating mosque is considered the first floating mosque to be built in the sea in Malaysia. A wonder of Moorish architecture, it features seven-storey-high towering minarets and panoramic views of the sea. Officially opened to the public in 2007, the mosque can accommodate up to 1,500 worshippers at a time.

Address: Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang
Contact: +604-250 2800
Opening Hours: Daily, 5.00 am – 10.00 pm



Masjid al-Hussain Kuala Perlis

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Masjid al-Hussain is one of Perlis’s most iconic landmarks. Located next to the jetty Kuala Perlis, the mosque’s structure extends over the Straits of Melaka. A 50-meter bridge connects to the main prayer hall above the water. Its walls are not painted but instead are decorated with marble, pebbles, granite, and quartz. Its twin minarets – the first hexagon minarets in the world – are another unique feature of the floating mosque.

Address: 1, Persiaran Putra Timur, 02000 Kuala Perlis, Perlis
Opening Hours: Daily, 6.00 am – 10.00 pm



Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

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Built at the Likas Bay, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is an impeccable example of Islamic contemporary architecture. Its majestic architecture features blue and golden dome, inspired by the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The largest mosque in Kota Kinabalu, it is partially surrounded by a man-made lagoon where visitors can go on a paddleboat ride to take photos and to have a closer look at the mosque.

Address: Jalan Pasir, Jalan Teluk Likas, Kampung Likas, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Opening Hours: Daily, 4.30 am – 11.30 pm



India Mosque, Kuching

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Located on the banks of the Sarawak River, this floating mosque is a prominent attraction in Kuching. The floating India mosque was built to replace the 186-year-old India Mosque at India Street. The design of Kuching’s one and only floating mosque was inspired by the Middle East. In the evening, the light of golden sunset accentuates the majestic architecture.

Address: 93000 Kuching, Sarawak



Al-Badr Seribu Selawat Mosque

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An iconic monument of Pangkor Island, al-Badr Seribu Selawat Mosque is the first floating mosque in Perak. The mosque has been appropriately named Seribu Selawat in reference to the 1,000 prayers that have been carved on the walls and pillars of the mosque, inside and out. Another distinctive feature of the mosque is the unique Perak architecture, with aspects of Turkish and Middle Eastern influences.

Address: 32300 Pulau Pangkor, Perak
Opening Hours: Daily, 5.00 am – 10.00 pm (Non-prayers time)



Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque

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Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque, or more commonly known as the Floating Mosque, is the first floating mosque in Malaysia. It is located in Kuala Ibai Lagoon near the estuary of Kuala Ibai River. Its design was inspired by Moorish architecture which incorporates the use of marble, ceramic, and mosaic works. It was open to the public in 1995 with a capacity for 2,000 worshippers at a time.

Address: Kuala Ibai, 20400 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu



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