Being a Muslim majority country, there are a lot of mosques in Malaysia. Some of the mosques are located in townships while many others are built in city centres, to serve as the main mosques of the cities. That is the very reason why the Blue Mosque, or its official name, Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, was built in the first place; to become the main mosque of Shah Alam and subsequently the state mosque.

The blue dome of the mosque.
The open air area heading towards the main prayer hall.

The mosque was built in 1982 and the construction was completed in 1988. The most distinguished feature of the mosque is, of course, the blue dome, hence the nickname: the Blue Mosque. Being the largest mosque in Malaysia, the location of the mosque which is beside the Shah Alam Lake Gardens gives devotees and visitors a calm and serene feeling.

Formerly the tallest minaret in the world.

Although Shah Alam is the capital city for the state of Selangor, it is not well-known as a tourist destination in Malaysia. Apart from the i-City, which has gained momentum as of late as one of the favourite attractions for visitors to Shah Alam, there are some other interesting places that escape the visitor’s attention. One of them is the Blue Mosque.

The roof at the open air area.

This Blue Mosque is really a hidden gem in Selangor. Malaysians may have heard of it but chances are foreign visitors have yet to learn of it . This mosque has amazing Malay and Islamic-style architecture and in its early years proudly held the Guinness World Record for having the tallest minarets in the world.

The ‘mihrab’ where Muslims pray facing Makkah.

So, if you happen to be in Shah Alam or Selangor, do pay this marvelous mosque a visit. Admission is free and there are guides to explain all you need to know about the mosque.


The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque or the Blue Mosque is situated at the Shah Alam City Centre near the Shah Alam Lakes Gardens. If you are driving via the Federal Highway, take exit 212 towards the Shah Alam City Centre and exit to Bulatan Masjid. If you are taking the bus or train from KL, disembark at Hentian Bas Pusat Bandar and Shah Alam KTM Station respectively and grab a taxi from there.

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We are Khai and Amira, Malaysian travel bloggers behind Kaki Jalans. Our travels have taken us to almost all the countries in Asean and several countries in Europe. We are still actively travelling and adding to this list.


    • It is Lee! 🙂 And this is one of the hidden gem, I guess. So better head this way for an off the beaten path travel 😉

  1. selalunya akak ambik gambar Masjid Biru ni berlatar belakangkan sunrise dan sunset . Tak pernah masuk dalam Masjid ..

    • Hehe. Saya masa ni kebetulan singgah solat. Terus snap2. Haha. Pakai kamera enpon je plak tu. Hehehee

  2. Huhuuu… walau ia free.. dan tempat ini cantik.. dan mempunyai sejarah tersendiri.. tapi ramai yang tak nak singgah dan amik renungan.. 😀

    Pelancong jer datang meramaikan .. apa pun nice entry.. jarang ke shah alam.. kalau ke sana insyallah akan datang bersolat di sini .. 😀

  3. I have only been to Shah Alam twice I think – for job interview many many years ago and never went there again. The mosque looks stunning ! Nice to know there is a guide that can bring you around – I guess that is not a common thing in mosques right ?

    • Yup, not that common. Normally guides are only for main mosques like Masjid Negara and Masjid Putra. But I love this mosques because it does not feel so touristy 😉

  4. Timothy W Pawiro Reply

    Wow never heard of this blue Mosque before … And I’m curious how tall is the minaret! 🙂

    • This is the state mosque for my state located in my city, Shah Alam. You come here and I will bring you here! 🙂

      The minaret is 142.3 metres!

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