My seven days of graduation trip to Malaysia is absolutely wonderful. Our group of eight travelled to the city of Kuala Lumpur (KL), the archipelago of Langkawi, and Malacca.
Kuala Lumpur is crowded and is not short of fancy skyscrapers, among which the most famous one is the Petronas Twin Towers (photo below). They are one of the tallest interconnected buildings in the world. We took a walk at night from Bukit Bintang (central shopping area in KL). Along the way there were bars and light music, and I felt as if I were back to Lan Kwai Fong in HK.
I have found the mosques in Kuala Lumpur fascinating, probably because the Islamic culture was completely new to me. The National Mosque of Malaysia is one of the revolutionary architecture in Islamic religion. Instead of the traditional dome, this mosque adopted a 73-metre-high minaret and an 16-pointed star concrete main roof. The light blue color of the roof goes well with its tropical surroundings and creates a beautiful scenery in the modern city of Kuala Lumpur.
Inside the National Mosque, there are several prayer halls. Among them, the most spacious and most glorious one is the main prayer hall (below).
What impressed me most was not the main prayer hall but a little prayer hall at the side of the mosque’s main body (photo below). The simple yet elegant set-up makes it easier for one to reflect upon his own life. The star-shaped roof yields a feeling of ultimate sacredness. I can feel the power conveyed by the design.
After visiting the National Mosque, we went to the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. I learnt, with surprise, that mosques in different countries vary considerably in design. In China, the Great Mosque of Xi’an adopted a Chinese pavilion instead of a minaret. Mosques in Egypt looks even a bit like the pyramid! Country-specific architectural elements made the mosques one-of-a-kind.