The Old Friday Mosque – A Visit to the Malé Hukuru Miskiy

One of the oldest and ornate mosques in Malé, Maldives, the Old Friday Mosque was recently added to the tentative UNESCO World Heritage cultural list for being a prime example of sea culture architecture.

Image by Ibrahim Iujaz from Rep. Of Maldives, Mosque of Hulhumalé, CC BY 2.0

History

Built during the reign of Ibrahim Iskandar, in the year 1658, the Old Friday Mosque was constructed primarily of coral and originally featured a thatched roof. Later on, in 1668, a minaret patterned after those found in Mecca was added. According to the UNESCO appraisal, the mosque represents the achievements and creative excellence of the Maldivian people.

Location

The mosque is located just opposite the Muliaage, the President’s House and the Medhuziyaaraiy. It can be easily accessed from via speedboats or planes from outlaying Maldives Island resorts including the likes of The Residence Maldives by Cenizaro.

Things to See

With the capacity to accommodate up to 1,372 devotees at a time, the ornate mosque features intricate carvings with inscriptions from the Quran. The high vaulted ceilings and arches lend to the airy spaciousness of the building. The roof and the interior are fashioned with traditional Maldivian lacquer work and wood carvings as well.

Useful Information

Do dress appropriately covering one’s shoulders, arms and legs as it’s a place of worship. Entrance is free and visiting in the morning hours is well recommended.

 

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Attractions in Sepang – Soak up the natural splendour

Sepang is truly an interesting place to visit, offering a myriad of sightseeing attractions. Irrespective of your preference you’ll find amazing attractions to see here, like those below.

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Sepang International Circuit

Your itinerary to Malaysia should include Sepang International Circuit which is located merely 30 minutes away from the city centre. While boasting a breathtaking view of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, it ensures to provide an elite treatment like no other! You can experience plenty of unique facilities like a comfy seating arrangement for 130,000 guests, lush corporate suites and more!

National Automobile Museum

The museum showcases an array of locally made motorcycles, cars, and imported cars that have been utilized in the country itself. Once visited the place, you’ll be able to get a clear understanding of the developments in Malaysia’s automotive industry. Diverse collections of classic and vintage cars speak volumes of the history of the industry. If you are residing at a hotel such as AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort, the museum is 38 minutes away.

Bagan Lalang Beach

After experiencing many attractions in the city, consider heading over to Bagan Lalang Beach which will take less than an hour from Sepang. Crystal-clear waters, cooling breeze and lush greenery around make it an ideal place for a short escape.

Sungai Pelek

Being a small town in the Sepang district, Sungai Pelek often offers pleasant surprises for all leisure travellers and thrill-seekers. When it comes to some of the best things to do in Sepang, exploring the picturesque dragon fruit farms, succulent Chinese cuisines, and the traditional Kerepek factory will certainly make this place worth a visit!

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Wild Giants of Thailand – The Magnificent Thai Elephant

Elephants are the official national animal of Thailand and they have been a contributor to the Thai society and the society’s icon for centuries. Read on to know more about these magnificent creatures of Thailand.

Overview

The Thai elephants are a subspecies of their distant cousins the Asian elephant, they are much smaller in size compared with their Asian counterpart. In the ancient times, these elephants played a significant role in Manual labour, royal iconography and war.

Habitat and diet

The natural habitat of the Thai elephants in the tropical forests located in the western and the northern parts of the country. Elephants are herbivores and their diet mainly consists of fruits, tree bark and bamboo.

Seeing them

You can see these creatures up-close and personal during your elephant camp in Thailand during your stay at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort; a resort located in the northern region of Thailand.

Conservation

It is estimated that the country had an elephant population over 100 000 during the beginning of the 20th century but due to the destruction of the forest cover, the elephant population in Thailand has plummeted from 100 000 to just 4000 adding the name of the Thai elephants to the endangered species list. Today strict laws have been implemented by the government in order to protect these feeble creatures.

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