Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

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Time Required : Less than 1 hour

Timings : Monday – Sunday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, 4.00 PM - 5.30 PM
Friday: Closed

Entry Fees : International Visitors: RM 5
Malaysian: Free

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Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, Kota Kinabalu Overview

The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is the largest and second main mosque in Kota Kinabalu. Surrounded by a man-made lagoon, it is popularly known as the "Floating Mosque" because it appears to be floating on the water.

The mesmerising mosque is believed to be an epitome of Islamic architecture having been built in the lines of the Mosque Of Nabawi Al-Munawwara. It consists of a huge prayer hall along with three distinct madrasahs (Islamic schools) with the capacity of accommodating 9000 to 12000 people at a time. Visitors are permitted to enter the mosque and look through it. However, it is mandatory for the tourists to register themselves with the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque Tourism Management first.

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Architecture of Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

  • The dome of the mosque is striking and resplendent in gold and blue colours with the structure resembling Al Masjid an Nabawi, the second holiest mosque in the world.
  • It is surrounded buy an artificial lagoon that gave it the name of the floating mosque.
  • Apart from 3 madrasahs and a prayer hall, a palliative care clinic as well as a fish farm.
  • The mosque also introduced paddle boat rides for visitors from 2008 so that it could become more relevant with the community attaining more popularity for its religious, sociological and economical contributions.

How to Reach

The mosque authorities do not allow public transportation to park in the compound but the public can make use of green and yellow coloured city buses operating from Platform Wisma Bandaraya to the entrance of the mosque. Alternatively, tourists can hire private cars or taxis for reaching the mosque.

Need to Know

  • Appropriate garments are available on rent for visitors who are not clad properly
  • Food & drinks are not allowed inside the premises of the mosque
  • Photography is allowed with certain restrictions imposed on poses
  • People are not allowed to imitate the rites of religions other than Islam within the mosque.

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