Travel Borneo Malaysia – Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque should be on your list of things to do in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Day or night, the mosque is a stunning combination of Islamic modern architecture and landscaping with aspects that have been compared to Nabwai Mosque in India.

The mosque opened on February 2, 2000 after Kota Kinabalu received city status. The man-made lagoon that embraces the mosque offers an optical illusion for anyone looking at it from afar. From a distance, the mosque looks like it’s floating. With a prayer hall that encompasses three madrash, the mosque can accommodate up to 12, 000 devotees at a time. It takes after the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, which is the final resting place of Mohammad.

The still waters of the lagoon give off near perfect reflections of the mosque both at day and at night, creating an air of beauty and mystique. At night, with its lights illuminating the dark waters of Likas Bay, it’s easy to see why some people believe that it is one of the most beautiful mosques in all of Malaysia. A daytime visit, is no less beautiful, however, as you can see from my photos.

Interestingly enough, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is the second main mosque in the city. State Mosque claims the honor of being the main mosque in Kota Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is open daily except Fridays from 8am to 5pm. Admission is free.

The mosque is about three kilometers from Kota Kinabalu City just a short distance from the South China Sea. You can catch a taxi there for between 12 and 15 RM. The bus is 1.50 RM and leaves from Wawasan Plaza between the hours of 6:30am and 8pm.Kota Kinabalu City Mosque-1234

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions in Asia. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for AS, fibromyalgia, and chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline.

9 thoughts on “Travel Borneo Malaysia – Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

    Ryan at Travel and Graphs

    (June 1, 2012 - 12:48 am)

    Great shots! Just found your site today, loving all the Borneo coverage!

    Ava Apollo

    (June 4, 2012 - 11:25 pm)

    These photos are amazing, Carrie!


      (June 7, 2012 - 1:18 pm)

      Thanks, Ava. It was an easy place to photograph. 🙂

    Steven Crook

    (June 5, 2012 - 3:40 am)

    Beautiful! I spent several days in Kota Kinabalu in 1995, and don’t recall seeing any remarkable architecture, so this mosque is a fabulous addition to the city’s appearance.


    (July 13, 2012 - 1:46 pm)

    So pretty! I like the free part lol

    Ish of P2 Visa

    (August 13, 2012 - 4:40 am)

    At first I thought the Mosque is floating in the water because of its clear reflection. It is indeed very beautiful! I think you did well on capturing the beauty of that place into picture for us to see it. Thanks.

    Agness (@Agnesstramp)

    (October 10, 2012 - 4:21 am)

    I simply love the photography!!! I can’t take my eyes off them. I have never heard of this mosque. It should be listed as a world heritage site.

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