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Sabah State City Mosque or Masjid Negeri Sabah is the second most important mosque in Kota Kinabalu. This beautiful white and blue colored Mosque was constructed in 1993 and was officially opened to the public on February 02, 2000 after KK received its city status. The Islamic architecture was based on one of the holiest sites in Islam – the Nabawi Mosque, in Saudi Arabia.
This mosque is probably one of the most photographed structure in Kota Kinabalu 🙂 Clearly because of its unique and spectacular structures, specifically for its majestic domes, gold inlays, and honeycomb pattern designs.
The Sabah State Mosque is just a few meters away from the city center, which makes it very easy to visit. In fact, it is difficult not to see it. When viewed from the distance, the man-made lagoon that embraces the mosque create an optical illusion that it is floating in the water. That’s why it is known to many as the “floating mosque.”
This architectural wonder is huge enough to accommodate 12,000 worshipers at one time. Everyone is welcome to go in and have a peek, however, we were not able to enter as they were praying during the time we visited. But should you wish to go inside the mosque make sure to observe the proper dress code. Men cannot enter wearing short pants while the women need to cover up by wearing a sarong or robe and head scarf. If you do not have appropriate clothing, you can rent it from the shop located near the entrance. You must remove your shoes and leave them at the entrance before coming in. Remember that silence must be observed inside the mosque at all times.
How I wish I’ve seen the inside. But just the same, we enjoyed a walk around the man-made lagoon, mesmerized by the view of the blue domes and the minarets. The lagoon somehow gives a serenely gorgeous and dramatic look to the mosque. Amplified by the calmness of the weather, the peacefulness of the surroundings, and the welcoming people. It would probably be a lot better to come here at dusk to sunset for a more charming and romantic appeal.
How to get there:
- The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is located about 3 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu City (10 – 15 minutes’ drive away).
1. Bus (No.5A , direction to UMS)
- Fare: RM 1.50 per pax/way
- Station : In front of Hotel Shangri-La
- Remarks : 6.30 am – 8.00 pm
- Fare: RM 12.00- RM 15.00 per taxi
- Station : Any taxi point in Kota Kinabalu City
- Open daily for public visits except Fridays from 8:00am to 5:00pm