.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.
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.
Anyhow so we borrowed a proper clothes before we finally get in. Like my new look? Sophisticated much?
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.
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.
Experience something new, that’s always something.