Named after the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, the beautiful Putra Mosque was completed in 1999.
Today, it is one of the most iconic sights in Putrajaya and is able to accommodate up to 15,000 worshippers within its elegant prayer hall.
The architecture takes inspiration from various cultural aspects. Design influences come from Malay, indigenous and Middle Eastern cultures. The basement wall, meanwhile, was inspired by the King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.
Why you should go
Located at the edge of a scenic man-made lake right next to Dataran Putra, the place is always filled with local and foreign
It is the distinctive landmark of Malaysia’s beautiful architecture at Putrajaya. The Putra Mosque’s dome is made of rose-tinted granite and stands at 50m high; the minaret stands at 116m high.
Non-Muslims are welcome to visit, but do adhere to the dress code (no shorts and sleeveless shirts for men, and no shorts, sleeveless shirts/blouses and skirts or dresses that do not cover the knees for women). You can borrow a robe at the entrance if you need to.
Apart from prayer rituals, the mosque is also used as a learning centre. At times, you can hold special functions there, too.
What to do
Marvel at the excellent architecture. Bring a camera along to capture the beautiful art as well as the wonderful scenery around the mosque.
The vast compound outside the mosque provides a good spot for some light family activities in the evening. You can skateboard, fly kites, ride a bicycle or go for a jog.
When you’re done with the mosque, head to Dataran Putra which offers a great vantage point of the Perdana Putra complex.
If you’re hungry, just check out the many food stalls located next to the lake. Other nearby attractions include Seri Wawasan Bridge, Putrajaya Wetlands, Ministry of Finance Complex and Seri Perdana.
There’s free WiFi around the mosque, too.
Who will like it
Those who wish to spend some quality time with family or friends will like this place as there are various recreational activities for folks of all ages available around the mosque.
Architecture and art/design fans or students may find the mosque a fascinating building to check out too.
Of course, the surrounding area is also a beautiful place to take wedding shots, especially if you can fit in the majestic mosque in the background.
Putra Mosque is a 35-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre. For those driving from Petaling Jaya, take the Seremban/E37 expressway and then follow the signs to Putrajaya.
If you are leaving from Klang, drive towards Lebuhraya Persekutuan and take the expressway to KLIA/Putrajaya. Parking is available within the vicinity of the mosque.
You can also take the Express Rail Link (ERL) train from KL Sentral, heading towards the KL International Airport. This is different – and much cheaper – from the airport express so do ask the attendants at the information counter before you buy your ticket. Stop at the Bandar Tasik Putrajaya station.
From there, you can either walk or get a Grab to the mosque.
Persiaran Persekutuan, Presint 1, 62502 Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Visiting hours: Sat-Thu, 9am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm, 5.30pm-6pm; Friday 3pm-4pm, 5.30pm-6pm