I was given the opportunity to visit the museum which I never knew existed!. I was so ashamed of myself, to have never explored interesting places within reach and yet thinking of going somewhere far for an eye-opener (read: Japan, again).
Muzium Kesenian Islam Malaysia
Before citer pasal museum, lets see the museum restaurant where me and two other delegates had lunch while contemplating whether to go or not to go into the museum...(sambil makan, sambil pikir nak masuk ke taknak). After a few burps, we decided to enter the museum coz it would be such a waste if we did not go since we are already there. Plus the entrance fee is only RM10. By the way, the museum restaurant is a really calm and a nice place with a really, really nice deco.
Intricate wall design
Hang out area
What I had: Briyani Palestine with lamb Bamia, roasted beef and tomato chicken
Dessert: Kashkol (Almond Pudding) and a few slices of fruitsMuseum entrance ticket and Guide
The museum has 12 permanent galleries, the first being Architecture Gallery where models of masjid all over the world are showcased here...so amused with all of them. Some pictures I took while in the gallery were:
This is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, UAE. The maximum capacity is 41,000 people and was opened for public in 2007.
This is Taj Mahal, India. As we all know, Taj Mahal was built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal. The masjid features Indian and Persian architecture. The construction took 20,000 workers and 22 years to complete. It costed more than 32 million rupees and completed in 1648 AD.
This is Selimiya Mosque, Turkey. Regarded as the symbol of glory of Islam during the Ottaman Empire.
This is Bibi Khanum Mosque, Uzbekistan. The interior halls contain 480 stone columns and domes!
This is Masjidil Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This Holy mosque is where the Holy Ka'aba is. It can accommodate more than 1 million worshipers at one time. This is where the black stone is (Hajar-ul Aswad).
This is Wadi Hussain's Mosque in Pattani, Thailand. This masjid caught my attention coz it is made of wood. It is one of the oldest masjid in Thailand.
The Museum Shop has a wide range of souvenirs from key chains to mugs and pashminas. No cameras were allowed hence only these two pictures.....hehehe....
Museum Shop sign
What I bought: Kufi tiled magnet, a notebook and keychains
In case you are wondering what the logo is all about, it is called Kufi, an Islamic calligraphy written in squares.
Would definitely recommend you to go and learn more about Islamic arts and history here. For further details of this museum, you can visit www.iamm.org.my or call 03-2274 2020.