Saturday, December 16

Religious Architecture Around Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

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Malaysiaa culture build on religion, and a show case for other nations as religions live here in abundance next to each other.

Kuala Lumpurthe fast beating heart of the Malaysia Peninsular and offers a wide variety of religious sites to be visited. Historical site seeing or religious architecture, art galleries and museums, KL, as the locals will refer to it, will tickle your senses.

Since the different nationalities and ethnic minorities descended on Kuala Lumpur since the 1800’s they brought diverse cultures and religions, Malaysia welcomed them with open arms, and let outsiders express themselves in relative freedom.

The Islamic Architecture in Kuala Lumpur

The Islam is the official religion of the country, and that needs to be respected, as politics and religion are not separated in this country. Religion plays a very important part of the daily life in Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur in particular. Be aware of the local rules and regulations, shoes are not allowed inside most mosques and temples. Travelers can freely visit any house of worship; people will be inviting, friendly and ready to explain any questions.

Many Islamic architectural sites are found all around the city; sightseers are welcomed to visit any mosque. Muslims are welcoming and feel proud to show you their house of wisdom and peace. When visiting any mosque you will feel the serenity and stillness, the huge wide open spaces provide for ample free flowing breezes, which create a perfect atmosphere. The mosques provide more to the community than only a house for prayers and worship. Visiting the Friday early afternoon prayers can be quite a spectacle. The national mosque and Jamek mosque close to Merdeka Square are definitely must visit sites while in Kuala Lumpur. People flock from all over the city to participate in one of Islamic pillars, Friday prayer (Solat Jumaat).  At the Jamek Mosque it can be so crowded that people find a little space outside the mosque to lay their prayer mats and perform their Solat.

Merdeka Squareis the ideal starting point to find your way around the city and visit the many Moorish styled buildings, But KL offers more, and the other ethnic groups brought fantastic architecture too.

Buddhist and Taoist Temples in Kuala Lumpur

The Chinese community is almost half of the Malaysian population and many larger and smaller temples can be found scattered about the city. The Chinese believes split in two main streams Taoism and Buddhism. The Taoist temples and Buddhist temples are very much alike. Most temples will have large festivals throughout the year, which are spectacular to view, information and times can be obtained from the temple complex. The Sin Sze Sin Ya Temple is in walking distance from Merdeka Square close to China town at Jalan Tun H.S. Lee.

Hindi Temples in Kuala Lumpur

The large Indian community brought along their colorful Hindu temples. Places of worship, where prayers inside and outside the temples can be heard all day long. Main attraction would be the largest temple complex in the KL area Batu Caves 15 kilometers north of the city centre.

Christian Churches in kuala Lumpur

Christianity is a large religion in Malaysia too. A large part of the Chinese community are Christians and many foreign workers are too  A wide variety of churches can be found all over the city. Some newly build, and some newly restored. Cathedral of St John close to Bukit Nanas is worth recommending.

No matter which religion one practices, any temple, mosque or church will invite you with open arms in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

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