Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Visiting Mosques

Today, although disappointing, turned out to be alright.  Much more relaxed than most every day to this point in Malaysia.

After dinner we decided to take a walk, and it was quite rewarding.  We happened across a mosque - the Jamek Mosque - as dusk was falling and the lights were all on as they shouted the call to evening prayers.  It was beautiful both to look at and to listen to, as the rhythmic chanting echoed off of nearby sky scrapers. It was a strange scene seeing such an old looking structure surrounded by modernity, and palm trees.  It was also quite awesome.  This small picture can't do it justice, but you can see/download the full one here.

We also had the chance to see the Petronas towers all lit up, and the KL Tower too.  Other than that it was pretty uneventful and I spent the rest of the night planning my next week or so on the peninsula of Malaysia.  I just had to share this photo though, which I thought was beautiful, and a great bit of luck.

Across the river was another old building, unfortunately I couldn't get a view without the trees in the way of the old building which has a bit of colonial architecture but looks to be mixed with Islamic or local Malay too...

Unfortunately, although these rivers that run through the city look nice at night, they are brown, disgusting, and smell like raw sewage all day.  I think the raw sewage just gets dumped into the rivers from all the pipes around the city...quite unsanitary for such a modernized city.

Going to sleep, getting up early to take a train to Shah Alam, south of Kuala Lumpur and home to a beautiful mosque and museum.

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