There are two attracting mosques in Kota Kinabalu, the Sabah State mosque in Sembulan (which is the largest mosque in Sabah) and the City Mosque in Likas Bay where it becomes another significant landmark in the city.
The State Mosque is one of the most outstanding pieces of architecture in Sabah. Wiith its majestic dome and stunning gold inlay motifs, the mosque sits a stone’s throw away from the city centre. It is a unique combination of prevailing Islamic architecture and contemporary design. The Sabah State Mosque in Sembulan can accommodate up to 5,000 worshippers at one time. There is also a special balcony exclusively allocated for Muslim women during prayer time, with room for up to 500.
The other mosque is the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque. Located about 3km from the Kota Kinabalu City Centre, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque was built on a 2.47 acres site at the Likas bay is situated near by the sea. This majestic white mosque boasts similar features to the Nabawi Mosque in Medina. The Mosque has a prayer hall which houses three madrasahs and accommodates around 9,000 to 12,000 people at a time. By far the largest mosque in Kota Kinabalu, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is even possibly the most beautiful one in Malaysia – the man-made lagoon which surrounds it gives a serenely gorgeous and dramatic look to the mosque on a full moon night.
When visiting these mosques, visitors are advised to adhere by the dress code. Avoid visiting on Fridays which is the day of prayer for Muslims.