Discover Istiqlal Mosque - Jakarta
For some travelers, visiting another country’s place of worship has become a part of their visiting experience. From exquisite chapels to colorful temples, they are able to see how the locals connect with one another, spiritually, and at the same time admire the structure’s architectural beauty. If you are the type of traveler, who loves to immerse themselves in a country’s religious culture, then head down to Pintu Air Street in Jakarta and visit the grand white structure known as the Istiqlal Mosque.
The Istiqlal Mosque or more locally known as, Masjid Istiqlal, is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and Jakarta’s most important and precious religious site. Population wise, Indonesia has the most Muslims in the world, and this mosque was built to provide for its faithful congregation. With its humble white exterior, massive size, and impressive domes that smoothly curve to the sky, the Itiqlal Mosque projects a dominating, and yet, serene appearance towards the passersby. The interior, however, is far different; once visitors take their first few steps, they are immediately stunned with its architectural beauty. Five shimmering pillars support the mosques main hall, illuminating the room with a soft white light, and as they look above, the circular amber ceiling that devours a huge amount of space will give travelers the impression that the sun is just an arm’s reach away.
Istiqlal Mosque has a number of halls and rooms that are opened for the public to see, however, Trip Guru would like to remind potential travelers that they need to follow the rules of this religious site. If you are not a Muslim, you are not allowed to enter the main prayer room. However, you are allowed to roam the upstairs space that flank the main building. Also, it is wise to take off your shoes and lower your voices before entering, so that you will not disturb anyone who is currently saying their prayers.
To get to the Istiqlal Mosque, the most practical way is to get on a blue taxi and head towards Jalan Kathedral, because the mosque is just right across the street. This site does not have a specific opening and closing hours, since people can just come in and pray, and there is no entrance fee.