Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre
Kowloon Masjid and Islanmic Center is located in 105 Nathan Road. It is at the corner of Nathan Road and Haiphong Road, and is only a few blocks away from the Space Museum. It is next to a small park called Kowloon Park.
Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Center is the biggest Islamic mosque building in Hong Kong. South Asians and Africans in the area enter at prayer times.
The Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Center is a big and beautiful square building with a pink roof and a dome on the top. The architectural detail can be seen from above, but the building's structure and detail can't be fully seen from the street level in front of the building. The building is a large building with four spires that stands out because of its while color and architecture.
It is located in Tsim Sha Tsui where there is a big population of Pakistanis, south Asians and Africans. It is Hong Kong's biggest Islamic Mosque, and it has a history dating back to the 1800s.
The building was designed by architect I.M. Kadri. It can accommodate about 3,000 people at one time. The pavement and the facade are made of white marble that makes the temple look ethereal. The minarets are 11 meters tall and mark the corners of the building. In the building, there are prayer halls, a community hall, a medical clinic and a library. The main prayer hall can accommodate 1,000 people. The smaller women's prayer hall is on the second floor surrounded by a pink terrace. On top is a dome 5 meters in diameter and 9 meters in height.
The building is on Nathan road in Tsim Sha Tsui. The Tsim Sha Tsui area of Hong Kong has a big population of people from Muslim countries. They live in the area or are there temporarily as merchants, businessmen and refugees. Many in the area go to the building during prayer times.
There was a Kowloon Mosque in the area that was built in 1896. It was built to serve the Asian Muslim troops of the British army. But due to the construction of the Metro system, the building suffered damage. The new mosque was built in 1984 with money given in compensation by the Mass Transit Railway Corporation and by donations.
Only Muslims are allowed in the facility. Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter.
Half a kilometer or just a few minutes walk down Nathan Road are three of Hong Kong's highlights along the bay: the Space Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Cultural Center. Along the bay, stretching from the Star Ferry to the Museum of Art is a pedestrian sidewalk called the Avenue of Stars with the handprints of stars of the Hong Kong movie industry.
Also nearby only about a kilometer away are the Science Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of History.