Istiqlal Mosque
Istiqlal Mosque
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Indonesia's largest mosque is a sacred place of worship as well as a center for conferences, lectures and seminars.
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  • AdventureMom16
    San Francisco, California130 contributions
    Big and nice architecture mosque
    The mosque is best to be observed from the outside. I found the mosque to be big with little special. If you are a women and you need to go to a bathroom, be prepared to take off your shoes and socks and walk on wet bathroom floors. You also have to walk lots of stairs as there are 5 floors. The guide offers some uninspiring facts and took some pictures for our group.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 10, 2023
  • Hagia dyah
    Jakarta, Indonesia49 contributions
    Beautiful Mosque
    I've been here for many times. This is huge mosque located on central Jakarta in front of katedral church. The architecture just wonderful. This mosque also open for non Islam to visit. The public transportation also very easy. There is train station and bus stop very close to the mosque.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 11, 2023
  • ADB000
    Melbourne, Australia332 contributions
    A wealth of information
    We gowned up (robes supplied) and went barefoot on an informative guided tour of the Mosque with guide Didi. He provided lots of interesting information about the architecture, design, facts, and figures of the design and construction of the Mosque which he told us was the third largest in the world and can hold up to 200,000 people. Didi also outlined the significant factors linking the Mosque to Indonesian Independence and was quite an accomplished photographer too! The building is on 5 levels, but we only went up two levels and were able to take the stairs slowly and steadily without any difficulty. It could be a factor for those with mobility issues. The cooling cross-ventilation was terrific on a very hot afternoon in Jakarta. It also provided a good vantage point for pics of the Catholic Cathedral spires which were hard to capture at the cathedral. The tour was a terrific freebie and much appreciated. Recommended for a cool, quiet hour or so.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 9, 2023
  • StotheN
    Stockholm, Sweden547 contributions
    The design is so unlike a mosque
    If i had walked by without the guide, i would not have guessed it to be a mosque. You cant even see the dome from the street. The place is pocked during prayer times and vendors line up at the different gates to the mosque. It is worth a visit only if you really want to tick off the Jakarta sights checklist.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 24, 2023
  • BarryH
    Boston, Massachusetts35 contributions
    Beautiful Mosque in Jakarta
    This is a beautiful, modern mosque in Jakarta. It's huge and very pretty inside. But, the best part was the Guide from the mosque who was extremely knowledgeable and explained the meaning behind everything we were seeing (we are not Muslim). He took the time to educate us about not only the mosque itself, but the religion. He even sang the morning prayer to us and explained what it meant. I've visited many mosques but never received the education that I received on this visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Hany G
    Bakersfield, California1,074 contributions
    Big mosque!
    The mosque launches a guided tour every 30 minutes for free. You just need to register at the tourist office. The tour is around 20 minutes, and it takes you only to the second floor of the mosque where you can take pictures from the top. It is the biggest mosque in jakrta and can hold up to 200k worshipers.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
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ndjunke53
Irvine, CA191 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Went to visit this place because there aren’t much places to see in Jakarta.
Took a Grab to visit Catholic Church then walked across the street to the mosque.
Outside was so dirty and lot of people. As for non Muslim you have to sign in and they took you to a room to leave your shoes and belongings in the locker, they gave you robes to wear if you wear shorts and shortsleeved tops and you can’t walk on the carpet. You have to pay the guy after your done
Inside the mosque was bare and people were laying on the floor everywhere. The place was kind of rundown, not very clean floor and some constructions were going on.
Written January 9, 2020
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ADB000
Melbourne, Australia332 contributions
Mar 2023
We gowned up (robes supplied) and went barefoot on an informative guided tour of the Mosque with guide Didi.
He provided lots of interesting information about the architecture, design, facts, and figures of the design and construction of the Mosque which he told us was the third largest in the world and can hold up to 200,000 people.
Didi also outlined the significant factors linking the Mosque to Indonesian Independence and was quite an accomplished photographer too!
The building is on 5 levels, but we only went up two levels and were able to take the stairs slowly and steadily without any difficulty. It could be a factor for those with mobility issues.
The cooling cross-ventilation was terrific on a very hot afternoon in Jakarta.
It also provided a good vantage point for pics of the Catholic Cathedral spires which were hard to capture at the cathedral.
The tour was a terrific freebie and much appreciated. Recommended for a cool, quiet hour or so.
Written March 9, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AFLanYao
New York City, NY270 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The architecture itself is very plain, more like Soviet Union rather than stylish elegant traditional Arabic style, even similar to a parking lot I would say. The tour guide was very rude and offensive. I had to input my personal information into their computer. Instead of leaving me do it myself, he kept on verbally rushing me through though his right hand on the mouse was actually quite slow, and no one was behind me to rush for. He got quite pissed just because his rude service was rejected. Then he said I needed to wait for 1 hour. I got quite surprised but then it turned out to be just 1 second, a vicious joke. He asked me to stay in this small room and wait, and my 10kg backpack had already worn me out, but there was no seat, not even a single space to stand, shoe scattering everywhere. He just laughed it away. Suddenly everyone stood up and started to move out, he also rushed me here and there, do this and do that, like I'm just his pet, without the very least politeness and respect. I truly believe he is racist against non-religionists and Chinese! He was also quite rude to the local prayers, no lying, no sleeping, no resting, like he is a school master, bishop or GOD self. His sharing, totally 5 min, was also quite boring and occasionally wrong. Trust me, you will get more from Wikipedia. Anyway a modern building like this won't have much to talk about either, especially weaving with Indonesian nationalism and independence myth. Female toilet is basically unusable, filled with water up to the ankle.
Written October 9, 2023
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Nikolai K
5 contributions
Mar 2023
Finally before going home I decided to visit the Istiqlal Masjid, which is located very conveniently near the place I stayed. Moreover, I thought my experience would be a kind of magic because the holy month has just started. But things appear to be too complicated for a person like me who is not following any official faith, including Islam, and is a foreigner. Twice I tried to enter, and twice I was rejected. First time they said it is too late for tourists and I should come the other day (tomorrow) starting from 10 AM. Well, it was frustrating, but I said allright for myself - I'll give it another try. The other day... uff. the other day literally drove me mad. The guard didnt let me in because 'specifically on fridays the mosque is closed for tourists'. It was too much for me. They literally said to me - you are not allowed, because we are normal people, and you are not. You are a tourist and dont deserve our celestial glory.... Thats is really frustrating and unfair,
I put one of five because this place is unavailable for me, it doesnt mean it is bad for a 'normal person'.
Written March 23, 2023
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Salahuddin
2 contributions
Jan 2020
Istiqlal Mosque is one of the largest in the world. Opened in 1978 by the first President of Indonesia Soekarno. A must see for the travelers to Jakarta. It will be a nice spiritual experience for the Muslim travelers to pray in this mosque together with a large gathering.
Written January 20, 2020
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BarryH
Boston, MA35 contributions
Jun 2023
This is a beautiful, modern mosque in Jakarta. It's huge and very pretty inside. But, the best part was the Guide from the mosque who was extremely knowledgeable and explained the meaning behind everything we were seeing (we are not Muslim). He took the time to educate us about not only the mosque itself, but the religion. He even sang the morning prayer to us and explained what it meant. I've visited many mosques but never received the education that I received on this visit.
Written July 28, 2023
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khanh phuong
2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
I had bad experience here, it’s not about the mosque but about the man who introduced us about the mosque. He was quite old and he worked there. Firstly, he prevented us to go inside and demanded us to wear long jacket on. It’s ok, then he told us to wait and he needed to ask someone to let us get in. He was friendly at that time, and he showed us around. After that, he asked us to donate for the mosque. It’s ok though. But then he demanded us to pay 50 rupiahs each !!! We just gave him 25 rupiahs each cuz we just wanted to get out of here. And he spoke something in bahasa that we didn’t understand, but we could feel his anger. Then we wanted to take our shoes, he asked for money again !!!! That’s really bad for a big mosque like this. I hope the authority can solve the problems. I met so many amazing people here until this case happened (Our group has an Indonesian girl, he didn’t tell any price firstly, and he scolded with bahasa at her, she cried after we left that mosque)
Written February 22, 2020
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Hany G
Bakersfield, CA1,074 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
The mosque launches a guided tour every 30 minutes for free. You just need to register at the tourist office. The tour is around 20 minutes, and it takes you only to the second floor of the mosque where you can take pictures from the top.
It is the biggest mosque in jakrta and can hold up to 200k worshipers.
Written August 8, 2023
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden547 contributions
Mar 2023
If i had walked by without the guide, i would not have guessed it to be a mosque. You cant even see the dome from the street. The place is pocked during prayer times and vendors line up at the different gates to the mosque. It is worth a visit only if you really want to tick off the Jakarta sights checklist.
Written April 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AdventureMom16
San Francisco, CA130 contributions
Jan 2023
The mosque is best to be observed from the outside. I found the mosque to be big with little special. If you are a women and you need to go to a bathroom, be prepared to take off your shoes and socks and walk on wet bathroom floors. You also have to walk lots of stairs as there are 5 floors. The guide offers some uninspiring facts and took some pictures for our group.
Written January 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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