Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque | Sabah, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, officially called Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu, is the main mosque of the city of Kota Kinabalu and is one of the most recognizable landmarks of the city. It was built in year 2000 in celebration of the cityhood of Kota Kinabalu.

The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is not to be confused with the Sabah State Mosque (Masjid Negeri Sabah) which is also located in Kota Kinabalu and is the main mosque of the whole state of Sabah.

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is located at the corner of Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen and Jalan Pasir, some 8 kilometers from the city center. The easiest way to get to the mosque is by taking a Grab car. Fare is around MYR 8.00 (~PHP 100.00/~US$ 2.00).

Being the main landmark of Kota Kinabalu, the mosque is popular among tourists. When visiting the mosque, be mindful about your clothing. The general rule is to wear clothing that covers the whole legs and the arms. The mosque is open to all Muslim and non-Muslim visitors except during hours of prayers.

HOW TO GET THERE

Kota Kinabalu is just a two-hour flight from Manila. Philippines AirAsia flies daily from Manila to Kota Kinabalu and has the best flight schedule which arrives in Kota Kinabalu International Airport at 11:00am. AirAsia also has direct flights to Kota Kinabalu from Singapore, Johor Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Bharu, Kuching, Miri, as well as from Taipei, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and other key cities in Mainland China. When flying with AirAsia, I recommend that you pre-book your in-flight meals available at PHP180.00 (MYR10.00). Nasi Lemak is my favorite! Book your flights now via airasia.com.

Upon check-in at your booked hotel, you can take a Grab car going to the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque. You can download the Grab application here.

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