In Pictures: Islamic Art Museum in Kuala Lumpur

The Islamic Arts Museum was opened in 1998 and since then, I have been meaning to visit the museum as I have read a number of positive reviews about the display and quality of the exhibits. As usual, I had work, excuses and other forms of distractions prevented me from visiting the museum much earlier. But I finally visited the museum 2 weeks ago :-)

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The Museum is located in the heart of KL and is walking distance to other tourist attractions such as the National Mosque, Bird Park and the National Planetarium.

Glimpse of the National Mosque from inside the Islamic Arts Museum

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The exhibits are spread over 3 floors: Level 1 displays exhibits on Islamic architecture, Quran and manuscripts, and Islamic art from India, China and the Malay world. Level 2 features exhibits on ceramics, arms & armour, jewellery and textile. The museum also has a special gallery on the Ground Level which showcase temporary exhibits. These temporary exhibits are featured for a short period of time with specific themes.

Photography is allowed in the museum but no flash. Here are some of the pictures I took.

A collection of scale models of Islamic architecture around the world particularly of mosques in Mecca, Iran, China, and mausoleums of Central Asia such as Uzbekistan and the famous Taj Mahal in India. I could not take close-up pictures of the models because they were locked in glass displays which would show my reflection.

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Books and manuscripts of the Quran, and some of the manuscripts were dated back to the 8th century.

Ceramics of bowl, boxes and pitchers with influence from China.

Jewelleries from the Mughal era

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The temporary exhibition at the Special Gallery is “Capture the Spirit of Ramadan” and the exhibition is from 16th June till 16th September 2014.  The exhibition features winning photographs around the world capturing the beauty of Islam through its art, architecture and cultural diversity.

To view all of the winning pictures and more information, please click http://spiritoframadan.org/gallery/winners/

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Useful Information

- Opening Hours: 10am-6pm daily.

- Entrance Fees: MYR14

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

This week, share your own vision of a container you find interesting. You can take the challenge as literally as you want — a box of chocolates, a broken bottle, your town’s water tank, an empty shell on the beach.

Here’s a collection of “containers” on display in the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These images show the ceramic bowls, boxes and pitchers by Muslim potters centuries ago with influences from China.

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Evening Ramadan Food Bazaar in Kuala Lumpur

I went to the Ramadan bazaar this evening in Taman Tun Dr Ismail housing area which is only ten minutes’ drive from my home. In Malaysia, Muslims observe the month of Ramadan - Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and a time of fasting for all Muslims around the world from dawn till sundown for about 29-30 days - while food and water is not consumed from dawn till sundown, it has become part of the Malaysian culture to have the Ramadan food bazaar in the evenings to break fast.

Muslim hawkers set up their food and drinks stalls as early as 4.00pm and the crowd starts to come by 5pm until the Maghrib prayers at 8pm. Muslim customers take the opportunity to buy traditional Malay food and cakes to break fast later in the evening i.e. sunset time.

Here are some of the photos I took this evening…

Anyhow you like it – roast, BBQ, pan-fried, grilled, smoked.

Traditional snacks, cakes and delicacies – fried, baked, steamed.

Huge pots of biryani rice and an assortment of meat and curry to go with rice.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

Share a photo of what “relic” means to you — it could be your still-running 1979 Honda Accord Hatchback, an historic building in your town, or an old, rusted farm implement poking up through the long grass in a field.

I took this photo while searching for wild tigers in Ranthambhore National Park in India. Don’t know if it was an old house or perhaps an abandoned post – would you say this image is “relic” or “abandoned”? I shall leave that for you to decide :-)

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