When travelling abroad, the first thing every Muslim traveller should do is to check out the local mosques! You’ll be in awe of the majestic architecture and the sea of fellow worshipers making their way to God’s home 😊
What’s even more amazing than stumbling across a breath-taking piece of architecture? Finding out that they’re surrounded by bodies of water! Here’s 6 stunning mosques surrounded by water you wouldn’t believe exist in Southeast Asia 😍
1. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei
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Being the tallest building in Bandar Sri Begawan, visitors of Brunei would not miss this structure as it dominates the skyline with one of its minarets. The mosque features marble minarets, pure golden domes, and a large courtyard that includes water fountains.
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From far, it looks like a haven floating on water as it is mostly surrounded by water! The mosque is built on an artificial lagoon on the banks of the Brunei River, at the very famous Kampung Ayer, Brunei’s very own “village in the water”.
2. Crystal Mosque, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
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Crystal Masjid, built on the island of Wan Man, was constructed on the banks of the Terengganu River. It has been named as one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. This could be due to the modern architecture as it is built mainly from steel, glass and crystal! 😍
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At night, with the reflection from water, the glowing lights create a majestic view which cannot be expressed in words alone.
3. Malacca Straits Mosque, Malacca, Malaysia
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The mosque combines both Middle Eastern and Malay craftsmanship, with the most prominent feature being its 30 metre tall minaret, with a beautiful entrance. What makes this mosque stunning is not just its architecture, but also the fact that it is built on the shoreline of the Strait.
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When the tide is high, the mosque looks like it’s floating above the water!
4. Puchong Perdana Mosque, Selangor, Malaysia
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Ever seen a mosque situated right next to a lake? Visit Puchong Perdana Mosque to see the beauty of such a combination! 😊 You’ll be blown away, seeing the way the mosque is reflected onto the calm blue waters of the lake.
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It features a striking gold dome has even won the title of best mosque in Selangor (it’s definitely not hard to see why!)
5. Masjid Putra, Putrajaya
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Apart from being surrounded by the Putrajaya Lake, the surround-sound system used here also adds a deeper layer of interaction with the mosque. Front row speakers are used to create the effect of all sounds originating from the direction of the imam.
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It’s also one of the few mosques in the world to have a pink dome, which is constructed with rose-tinted granite. Guess it’s not only Wednesdays that we can wear pink 😉
6. Federal Territories Mosque, Malaysia
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If you thought that the mosque looks somewhat similar to one you’ve seen before, you’re right! The mosque’s design is a blend of Ottoman and Malay architectural styles, and is heavily influenced by the Blue Mosque in Turkey. 😍
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Walking through the grounds of this sprawling mosque will certainly make you swell with a sense of pride at the universality and beauty of Islamic tradition 😍
With mosques of all shapes and sizes that exist even by the coast or a lake, you’ll never run out of prayer spaces to choose from! Who knows, we might even see an underwater mosque in the future 😉 Let us know in the comments if you have other beautiful mosques that you want to share with us 😊