The most impressive structure in Kuala Terengganu sits along the Terengganu River. Costing around USD 80 million to build, the Crystal Mosque (Masjid Kristal) was constructed from 2006 to 2008 out of steel, glass and crystal on a man-made island called Pulau Wan Man. It can accommodate 1,500 worshippers at a time. Inside, the modern mosque is air-conditioned and features sparkling chandeliers. At night, the mosque is lit up in a dazzling array of colors that bounce off the highly reflective surfaces of the dome, minarets and surrounding river water. Definitely a must-see when you visit Kuala Terengganu!
This incredible mosque is located within the grounds of Islamic Civilization Park (Taman Tamadun Islam), which features replicas of the best Islamic architecture from around the world, such as Taj Mahal in India, Xi’an Minaret in China, Dome of the Rock in Israel and Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Brunei Darussalam. One can spend hours touring the park on foot or by buggy, hopping from one beautiful mosque to another, then finally leaving its premises feeling as if you’ve gone on a whirlwind round-the-world trip.
For more information about the Crystal Mosque and Islamic Civilization Park, visit the official website.
This blog post was made possible through the Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival 2015, a media trip held last June 2 to 7, 2015 in Terengganu, Malaysia. The event was organized by Tourism Terengganu and media coordinator, Gaya Travel Magazine.