Exploring The Melaka Straits Mosque – Dressing Up As A Muslim For One Day

The Melaka Straits Mosque is known as Masjid Silat Melaka in Malay. It is one of the most iconic mosque in Melaka, situated on a man-made island named Pulau Melaka (Melaka Island).

The mosque cost MYR 10 million to build and it was officially opened on 25 November 2006. It was officiated  by the Supreme Ruler of Malaysia – Yang Dipertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajjudin Syed Putra Jamalulliail .

The Melaka Straits Mosque is easily accessible via Jalan Melaka Raya 35 road on a taxi, bicycle or foot (yes, you can cycle or walk over but it will be crazy to do that in the melting heat).

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Melaka Straits Mosque combines Middle Eastern and Malay craftsmanship , making it a grand structure. It look like it’s floating on water as it is built on stilts.

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Everyone have to take off their shoes before entering the mosque compound.

Women should take special care to wear modest clothing that are not sheer, tight or clingy.

Non-Muslin visitors can don one of the long-sleeved robes and headscarf (called a haijib) from a closet outside the toilet.

How do I look?

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The men pray at the front of the hall while women pray at the back of the hall, separated by a curtain.   

You can also see the Melaka Straits Mosque onboard Melaka Duck Tours from the Melaka Straits. I have seen some amazing photographs of the Melaka Straits Mosque taken at night.

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The Melaka Straits Mosque is a tourist destination that never quite really took off. The endless stretch of abandoned hotels and shops that line the road of Pulau Melaka is really quite a sad sight, but the mosque itself is worth a visit. 

Melaka Straits Mosque 

Address: Jalan Pulau Melaka 8, Melaka 75000, Malaysia

Telephone: +60 17-3770309

Opening Hours: Sunday 9am – 5pm

Ticket: Free