Open for Tourists, But..!! : Wear Blue for a Reason

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Open for Tourists, But..!! : Wear Blue for a Reason

.I am not that a religious person. That is why visiting religious place is very fascinating. Experience something I don’t into and be that person.

Islam is on the news daily bases for various reasons. There’s not much Muslims in Korea so I was curious about this religion.

I had my first Muslim experience in Malaysia.

 

In Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, this beautiful national mosque can be seen everywhere. Gorgeous looking emerald blue roof, tower beside, and it’s huge.

I knew Malaysia’s national religion is Islam before I went, and have seen many praying places around the Country but never went in. I thought that would be disrespectful for some reason. Maybe there was a good chance I didn’t allow to anyway. But now I know there’s National mosque and visitors allow going in, so that was a perfect chance.

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Beautiful Mosque

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Masjid Negara, name of The National Mosque of Malaysia.

This building, architecture is very sophisticated. Color, design, and shape, all things. I didn’t know this is the traditional Islamic mosque is supposed to look like, but it just fascinates me. But when we got there, there was one problem. We were not dressed properly. Oops!

We just didn’t thought of it that far. It was always hot in Malaysia, shorts and sandals were right choice. But don’t worry. There was a whole closet for proper clothes they lend you.

Look at the sign. This is the most memorable sign I’ve ever seen! It says lots of things. Men are okay as long as don’t wear shorts. It specifically says skirts and mini skirts. Cute! But can’t help me thinking Islam is not very generous to woman.

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Open for Tourists, BUT!

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Anyhow so we borrowed a proper clothes before we finally get in. Like my new look? Sophisticated much?

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Like my new look?

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It was also such a cool experience.  When do I get a chance to look like this? We didn’t go in actual praying room. Just glanced at it out side of the door.

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Praying room.


Room was huge but cozy. I felt so comfortable looking at it. Maybe that’s a power of religion that everyone fell in love with. Since this is the National Mosque, sure lots of people visit here for praying, right?  Look at the window. Beautiful, aren’t they? I’ve never seen that exquisite art work. Religious is certainly something.  Makes us  do what we do.

Whole Mosque was really beautiful. Inspired by the people as well. Some people, don’t know who they are, tried to explain and talk us into Islam and being a Muslim, so we took some fliers and left but they weren’t pushy. Just, good to know things.

We went to Islamic Museum after, so the day was full of learning and feeling about Islam.

Ironically, we went out with bunch of friends in hostel that night, and got really drunk. Consider Muslims don’t drink, I’d say it’s really ironic. 🙂

Following morning was I had the worst hangover in my entire life. I blame Jim. Jim Beam.

Well, anyhow…..

Experience something new, that’s always something.

 

Blue is not my color. Maybe

 

 

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

13 Comments

  1. Ted Nelson says:

    Blue is definitely your color. Be careful hanging out with Mr. Beam. He is fun at night, but there is a price.

    • Juno says:

      @Ted

      Thanks! 🙂 Yes.. We payed the price. Worst hangover in my life, and hangover food in McDonald proove it. Funny thing is, since that day french fries became my hangover food… hahaha

  2. ciki says:

    you’re crazy girl! totally crazy but that’s cool! LOL

    erm, i’ve been into the mosque when it was deserted .. that’s about it! 🙂

  3. ciki says:

    yes i love it! i don’t mean crazy as in loony. i mean crazy as in awesome fun and brave and ready to try ANYTHING. like that , carzy:)

  4. I used to live in Malaysia for half a year, but never went inside a mosque. I’m an atheist and always feel I don’t belong in religious places. I am fascinated with the architecture, though. I love taking pics of churches, temples and mosques 🙂 I commend you for your bravery 🙂

    • Juno says:

      @MKL

      It’s quite interesting because I’m not a religious person, i guess. for me. 🙂 Thanks for the compliment! 🙂 Yes that mosque was certainly beau-tiful. 🙂

    • Though i appreciate her interest but i dont understand what is so brave in it, it is a place of worship and belongs to everyone whether christian, atheist, or muslim, As far as i know every person is welcomed in mosques and the only thing u require for that is get modestly dressed that is it (and if u are a muslim u need to do ablution as well) and this is done to maintain the sanctity of the place. And believe me whether u wana know about the islam or islamic traditions or the history, u will be welcomed every where in the world whole heartedly.

      I would also like to appreciate the thread owner and the member for being open minded and not racist like we find elsewhere. cheers

      • Katie says:

        I can understand why one might feel intimidated visiting a mosque (or any other place of worship outside of one’s own religion) – especially when you are not religious yourself. When I was in Egypt, it took me a long time to get up the courage to visit a mosque. I made sure I was dressed appropriately but I was afraid someone would think I was being disrespectful by visiting when I am not Muslim or even religious at all. I was apprehensive, just waiting for someone to come up to me and tell me to leave.

        I have felt somewhat the same visiting Russian Orthodox churches while I have been in Russia. I just don’t feel like I belong and I am afraid people may be bothered by someone making a tourist stop out of what is a holy place of worship to them.

  5. Mark says:

    Juno, I agree with Ted, blue looks radiant on you! LOL! Seriously, thanks for giving us a peek into Muslim culture and the National Mosque of Malaysia…looks fascinating! Nice job!

  6. LeslieTravel says:

    I like your conservative look! You didn’t want to go for the full burqa though? 😉

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