The Tanjung Bungah Mosque is remarkable in that it is hung over the sea. Earning it the moniker “the Floating Mosque.”
The building is just approximately a decade old. It is magnificent and well worth a position on your list of things to do in Penang. Because of its unique backdrop of views of the city and the water.
Masjid Terapung Pulau Penang, often known as the Floating Mosque. It is the first mosque in Malaysia to be erected on the water. It is located on Tanjung Bungah Road. When viewed from the sea during high tide, the mosque looks to be floating.
The Floating Mosque was built to replace an earlier mosque that was damaged by a tsunami. The seven-story Moorish-style skyscraper mixes Middle Eastern and indigenous characteristics. There is a high minaret similar to the structure from which the daily call to prayer (azan) is proclaimed.
Penang Floating Mosque’s History and Architecture
Tanjung Bungah Mosque is originally a timber mosque renovated to a half-stone mosque in 1963. When the population of Tanjung Bungah increased and the mosque could no longer accommodate everyone, the demand for a more enormous mosque emerged. Masjid Terapung Pulau Penang built in 2004 and dedicated on March 16, 2007, by Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, former Prime Minister of Malaysia. It is approximately 300 meters above sea level.
According to the maritime environment, the dome of the Floating Mosque is aerodynamic. The seven-story tower is adorned with Indonesian calligraphy and teakwood sculptures. A sunflower fence wall surrounds the mosque’s entrance door, adding beauty.
What You Should Know
- Men and women have separate entrances.
- Women’s robes are offered at the mosque.
- The optimum time to visit the mosque is between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM because it is between prayer times and hence less busy.
- Visit the mosque inappropriate attire and take photos only outside the mosque.
- The wearing of shoes is not permitted within the mosque.
Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia | Phone: +60 12 405 1324 | Hours: 24 Hours Open | Free entrance, boats from 50 RM