After visiting Ba Tu Caves up in the north of KL we decided to buy a train ticket south to KL Train Station and see its British colonial architecture. The trains in KL have a womens only carriage so the girls and I traveled in that carriage while Steve was in with the rif-raf! The station was grand and old, the kids had had enough (hanging upside down going gaga) and it was hot.
However, after coaxing the kids to just one more thing, we went over the road from the railway station t the National Mosque. And it was amazing – the kids loved it. The main religion being Muslim in Malaysia, the girl had seen so many women and young girls wearing head dresses and burqas and now they had an opportunity of trying it on. We turned up at the mosque at the right time when they open their doors for visitors. So one by one we all put on our stylish purple robes and head dresses and took a walk around the mosque.
Each Friday about 15,000 people come to this mosque to pray. 3,000 inside and 12,000 outside. It looks amazing and spacious. Th water is used for cleaning and each pillar is hollow so that when it rains the water flows down to the basement where it’s purified and used for the men to clan themselves before prayer. Men are expected to attend prayer but it is optional for women. Men and women do not pray in the same area so as ‘not to distract the men who pray’. Maybe that’s why they also have women only train carriages!?