There are numerous mosques that are significant to Malaysia. Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque in Terengganu is one of them.
Location and How to Get There
Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque is the state mosque of Terengganu. It is located in the coastal city of Kuala Terengganu, which is at the mouth of the Terengganu River and which serves as the state’s royal capital.
Kuala Terengganu is accessible by bus from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and various cities in Malaysia. Be prepared, however, for long hours of travel. As you arrive at the city, you have a choice between hiring a taxi and riding intercity buses to get to Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque. It is about four kilometers away from the town center.
What to See There
Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque is nicknamed the Floating Mosque as it seems to be floating on water. That sight on its own makes this trip worthwhile. But wait, there’s more to see inside the mosque, which are all significant to how handsome and how remarkable it is at present.
There is the ingenuity of modern and Moorish architecture combined which clearly proves the modernization in the state. There is also the subtle Islamic influence, making it an important symbol of Islam.
Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque is quite very unique, very elegant, very enriching. The use of materials like marbles, mosaic works, ceramics, and bomanite paving does not only make for a beautiful sight but also create an aura of deep faith.
Construction for Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque was started in 1993 and was completed two years later, in 1995. It was officially opened in July 1995.
The idea for the mosque was inspired by the late Sultan of the state — Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah ibni al-Marhum Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah. It was named after his mother — Tuanku Intan Zaharah binti Almarhum Tengku Seri Setia Raja.
There is no available information regarding entrance fee to see Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque. But whatever cost that may be, it surely is worth it for the site’s religious significance.
There are lots of attractions that you must not miss upon visiting Kuala Terengganu. Aside from the state mosque, there is also the Terengganu State Museum. It is a handsome building that showcases the local lifestyle. It also has a park, where you can stroll around or ride on a boat. Pulau Dayung is another attraction. It is a fishing village with an old wooden mansions and a shipyard. You must also not forget to visit the the Big Bazaar known locally as Pasar Besar. This is where you can find native delicacies as well as batik sarongs.